Parental supervision is recommended
Get the whole family involved in carving and decorating this squash goose. It makes a great centerpiece for any Thanksgiving table and uses leaves and other things found in nature.
What you'll need:
- Crookneck squash (find some with part of the stems attached-the stems form the beaks)
- Whole cloves
- Fall leaves
- Waxed paper and cardboard (for the display base)
- Glue or tape
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Ice pick or awl
How to make it:
Making Your Geese
Wash any dirt off the squash and dry it with a paper towel. Ask an adult to help cut the stem of the squash at an angle to make it look like a beak.
Use an ice pick or awl to make small holes in each goose's "face." Insert a whole clove into each hole to make the eyes.
Slice off the large, rounded end of the squash so that it will stand upright without tipping over.
Make several geese to keep each other company.
Cover the cardboard with the waxed paper, use glue or tape to attach it.
Place your geese on the base, then surround them with fall leaves.
Be sure to keep your geese on their base to protect your table, moisture from the squash can ruin wooden surfaces.