Check out these cute little pilgrim ships made out of a coffee sleeve and coffee stirrer. They make great place cards for Thanksgiving. Kids can write each guest’s name on the mast and/or draw a picture of something they are thankful for. The great thing about this craft (aside from the fact it is recycled and you get to drink coffee) is that it is so easy! No elaborate production here.


  • an old or empty cardboard sleeve from a coffee or tea cup (one per child/ship)
  • coffee stirrer (one per child/ship)
  • small cup
  • pencil
  • clothespin or paper clamp/paper clip
  • scissors
  • glue
  • piece of white paper
  • markers or crayons (optional)


  1. 1The best step is step one: sit back and enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee or tea. Repeat until you have enough coffee sleeves for each child. NOTE: Don't forget to save the coffee stirrers!
  2. Fold the sleeve in half and flatten it out. Find a small cup to trace a half circle in the center—from one edge almost to the other. This gives you the crescent ship shape! Cut it out and make sure you cut through to the other side.
  3. 2Gently pull the coffee sleeve open at the seam and turn it inside out. Reglue the ends. Also glue the coffee stirrer at this time to the same spot.
  4. Use a clamp or clothespin to hold everything together while drying. Wipe up the excess glue so your clamp doesn't get glued to your ship.
  5. Cut the white paper so it makes the right size sail for your ship. The bottom of the rectangle should be wider than the top. Fold the paper in half and shape the sail by slightly angling the sides. Cut a slit on the fold, about half an inch from each end of the sail.
  6. Unfold the sail 3and have your child draw a picture or write a name on it, then slide it into place, with the mast poked through the slits.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kim King, a.k.a. Mama King, a mother of two girls, runs 4 Crazy Kings, a resource for unique, engaging and simple craft ideas for toddlers to tweens. Mama King specializes in crafts utilizing recycled materials and multicultural and adoption-related crafts. She is a former high school art teacher, freelance artist, and all-around craft guru.

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