Some people feature a large, paper-type turkey as the centerpiece for their Thanksgiving tables and others simply arrange flowers in fall colors. Some people make a centerpiece by gathering gourds and pine cones; others have an expensive centerpiece they’ve purchased from a store. The Thanksgiving centerpiece can be any number of things but it’s definitely going to get noticed! You can combine autumn flowers with a whimsical theme by making a simple pilgrim hat that serves as the table centerpiece. When you use an ordinary terra cotta pot you’ll make the hat with ease!
Choose the terra cotta pot in the size you want. If you don’t need a centerpiece you can make a much smaller pilgrim hat to set on a mantle or shelf. Clay pots are famous for being covered with a gritty material that can ruin the paint job if you don’t clean it well. Clean the terra cotta in warm, soapy water and allow it to dry for a couple of days. Or, just take a damp cloth and wipe it well.
Paint the pot black to start turning it into a pilgrim hat. It’s not necessary to paint the inside of the pot but you can if you want. It can take more than one coat to completely cover it and get the depth of color you want. After the paint is dry spray the pot with a clear topcoat product.
Cut a large donut shape from a piece of craft foam or cardboard. The inner circle of the donut shape should be the same size as the opening of the clay pot. The outer circle of the donut should extend a few inches beyond the pot opening. If you’re using cardboard paint it black or even cover it with black tape.
Glue, tape or otherwise attach the donut shape to the top of the pot. On the front of the pot glue a white buckle cut from craft foam or a white scrapbook frame. The paper frame can simply be attached with double-sided tape.
Glue a half-ball of Styrofoam to the inside of the terra cotta pot to hold the flowers. Arrange fall colors of flowers, leaves, vines and greenery to make the centerpiece you want. The pilgrim hat flower pot is a uniquely adorable centerpiece or other Thanksgiving decoration.