Monday, November 5, 2007
Pilgrims and Indians
Thanksgiving is around the corner---and can you believe they are already playing Christmas music on the radio (93.9 fm)???!!!! YIPPPEEEE! Blogging was slowed down last week as I turned my entire home into a costume shop as I prepared for attending a Thanksgiving Reenactment hosted by dear friends. In case you don't know what that entailed for me let me explain--that meant 10 costumes in 2 days! With almost everyone growing out of their costumes we had to do most of them over or add extra accessories. We went as indians so I thought I would describe an easy way to make these costumes if anyone was interested in doing this for the holiday or just as an exciting study on pilgrims as part of your homeschooling.
I had visited the local costume shops and was shocked to find that adult costumes started at $40-$60 dollars. That was NOT in my indian costume budget! So I ran over to the thrift store and found loads of brown shirts (90 cents) and brown or black pants/skirts($2). We got them home and quickly cut fringes on the bottoms of the shirts and at the end of the arms (right at the cuffs).
For my little 16 month old twins I found 2 brown pillowcases (60 cents each) and cut a hole at the end and cut up each of the sides to make it tunic style. They were a little long so I cut off a few inches at the bottom and then used the extra material to make a sash to tie at the waste. It was perfect! At the jewelry counter I found 2 indian looking necklaces and bought those ($1.99 each) and later bought some beads and black thread for the children to make indian jewelry as a craft. You can use make up to draw lines on their faces for a real effect, the boys always love that. I will post pictures in a later post so you can view them.
You can do the same thing with pilgrim costumes, buying black pants and shirts you can add white collars, aprons or with felt to make life easy. After all, this is all about having fun and enjoying the season.
What are some special ways your that family celebrates Thanksgiving?