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How to Make Paper Boat Placecards on Crafting with Dudes: Thanksgiving Edition

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For this Thanksgiving's edition of our regular segment, Crafting with Dudes, Whole Living welcomed Crafternoon author Maura Madden along with two of the craftiest gentlemen we know, Chris Hauselt, engineer for Living Today, and Scott Frampton, web editor at Sirius XM. Their task: To produce paper boat placecards to adorn the Thanksgiving table. It's a great kid craft, because you only need scissors for one optional step. Click here for the instructions, and see how the dudes made their ships take sail.

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In honor of the mighty Mayflower, we crafted paper boat placecards for the Thanksgiving table.

1 In honor of the mighty Mayflower, we crafted paper boat placecards for the Thanksgiving table.

The crafty team of Maura Madden, Chris Hauselt, and Scott Frampton joined Terri, Shavon, and me to make a flotilla in no time at all.

2 The crafty team of Maura Madden, Chris Hauselt, and Scott Frampton joined Terri, Shavon, and me to make a flotilla in no time at all.

All you need for this simple craft is construction paper, scissors, toothpicks, tape, and a marker.

3 All you need for this simple craft is construction paper, scissors, toothpicks, tape, and a marker.

The directions on MarthaStewart.com are easy to follow, but mastering the art of folding takes time.

4 The directions on MarthaStewart.com are easy to follow, but mastering the art of folding takes time.

Chris was a natural, getting his boat right on the first try.

5 Chris was a natural, getting his boat right on the first try.

Scott took a little more practice to get seaworthy.

6 Scott took a little more practice to get seaworthy.

Once the boats are folded, attaching a tootpick mast and paper flag transforms them into placecards.  You could step this step - and the sharp objects - and just write on the boats.

7 Once the boats are folded, attaching a tootpick mast and paper flag transforms them into placecards. You could step this step - and the sharp objects - and just write on the boats.

The deeper folds would allow you to use the boats to hold candies or nuts for your guests to enjoy as party favors. A hit at the kids' table, no doubt.

8 The deeper folds would allow you to use the boats to hold candies or nuts for your guests to enjoy as party favors. A hit at the kids' table, no doubt.

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