Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers

By  Mary Ayres 

Create these quick-and-simple pilgrim salt & pepper shakers as the perfect finishing touch to your Thanksgiving table!

  • Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers
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  • Salt & pepper shaker set with straight sides (available at Linens ‘n Things (#398216-130814)
  • Canvas fabric
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique Gold, Burnt Orange, Slate Grey, Warm White, Honey Brown, Toffee, Lamp Black Mississippi Mud
  • Antique metal eyelets, 1/8”, 16
  • Black mini brads, four
  • Ribbon scraps: orange/white, black/ivory stripe
  • Hemp cord, 24” length, two


  • Brown ink pad
  • Hole punches: 1/16”, 1/8”
  • Paintbrush
  • Sewing Machine and black thread
  • Eyelet setting tool
  • Sandpaper

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sponge scrap

Pattern - Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers

  • Note
  • 1. Adjust size of canvas rectangles and pattern if needed. Canvas rectangle should cover most of straight sides of shaker, leaving 1/2" opening at side for lacing.
  • Shakers
  • 1. Cut two 2"x5-1/2" canvas rectangles. Paint both sides of rectangles Warm White; let dry.
  • 2. Print and cut out pattern; transfer designs to rectangles, continuing lines across entire rectangle.
  • 3. For girl, paint: top hair Honey Brown; face Toffee. For boy, paint: back of rectangles Mississippi Mud; hat band Lamp Black; buckle Antique Gold; remaining hat Mississippi Mud; hair Burnt Orange; face Toffee. Let dry.
  • 4. Machine sew straight stitch around details and fabric rectangle edges.
  • 5. Antique rectangle edges with brown ink, using dry sponge scrap.
  • 6. Punch 1/16" holes at both ends of fabric rectangles as indicated by pattern; attach eyelets. Tie ribbons and sew to bottom of faces.
  • 7. Wrap fabric rectangles around shakers. Lace hemp cord through eyelets, beginning at bottom and tie bow at top.