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I have a fun free 3D printable Thanksgiving craft for you today.
It’s a printable thankfulness tetradecahedron. Yeah, say that three times fast. (And no, I didn’t know what it was called when I made it. Yes, I had to look it up. And I think it’s the coolest word I’ve taught my boys all year.) It’s basically it’s a 3D shape with 14 pentagon-shaped faces.
Whoops! Apparently I need to learn how to count. A reader, Amie, kindly pointed out that this shape only has 12 sides, which would be called a dodecahedron. And yes, my very math-proficient husband got a good laugh out of this! But back to the craft…
I originally created the shape in Inkscape for my boys because they wanted an “orb” like from Guardians of the Galaxy to play with.
(And yes they stand with the orb, holding hands and yelling with their eyes closed. No, I haven’t taken a picture yet, but I really should.)
But anyways, as I was trying to come up with a fun Thanksgiving craft to do with them, I thought of this shape. I figured it would make a neat thing to write what we were thankful for on and to use as decorations.
You’ll noticed that the printable looks slightly differently than the one pictured. After we made our craft, I decided it needed a couple tweaks to work better. I made the tabs slightly larger to make it easier to glue together. I also made all the lines grey so they wouldn’t be so noticeable once the craft went together.
I printed mine on regular printer paper, but when we make more in the future I think I will use cardstock so it will hold up better. Also, if you are planning to use them for decorations, I think these would look amazing printed on colored cardstock.
We wrote and drew things we were thankful for.
Some things my boys said they were thankful for were rather normal, like our house, and other things were a little strange, like dragons. And obviously they said we had to put food on it. Because we eat enough to easily keep up with a Hobbit.
Malcolm and I had some fun drawing some of the pictures. He was the one that came up with music and drew the musical notes himself.
Once you’ve decorated it, it’s time to cut it out. Cut on the solid black lines around the shape.
Next, fold on all the dotted lines, making sure to fold each tab as well.
And like I mentioned before, you’ll notice your printable will look slightly different. I enlarged some of the tabs to make it easier to glue together than ours was.
Pick a spot to start at along the shape and start gluing the tabs on, one by one.
Take your time with this step – make sure to glue each tab securely before moving on, or it can fall apart in a hurry. Use the old trick you learned from school and hold each tab for a count of 10 before moving on.
The last face will be the trickiest. Just be generous with the glue, stick the last tabs in, and let it dry.
And there we have it! A thankfulness
These printable shapes great decorations for Thanksgiving time, as well as a fun thing to keep around year round to be reminded of all the things we have to be thankful for.
Whether that be cousins or dragons.
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