Gratitude Garland

Thanks for joining me on the new blog! I feel like Thanksgiving gets the short end of the holiday stick, but in our house gratitude is important. November is the perfect month to practice being grateful and this easy craft will help you and the kids understand what that means. It only takes a few minutes of prep for you to make an adorable garland which the kids can assemble on Thanksgiving Eve!

Find a printable leaf pattern like this one online. Or, you may already have one in a coloring book at home. I traced some large leaf cookie cutters we had onto a sheet of white paper. You can also just snag some real leaves from the yard and trace those. The shapes should be simple to trace and easy to cut out because you’ll need lots!

Once you have your shapes traced on a paper, figure out about how many leaves you’ll need, one per family member per day. Maybe a few extras for guests or mistakes. Now run your fall colored paper through the printer to copy the leaves onto colored paper. If you’re tracing and using construction paper, you can just trace each leaf onto the paper. Bigger kids can help! Now cut out the leaves. We placed them in a basket next to the dinner table.

Each night while we ate dinner and talked about our day, we would tell one thing we were thankful for and write that on the leaf. Completed leaves went back into the basket.

On Thanksgiving Eve (as we call it!) we cut brown pipe cleaners in half. Glue these on the backs of the leafs, leaving about half of the pipe cleaner hanging off the leaf. This will be the part you use to attach the leaf to the garland.

Leave the leaves out to dry! Cut a length of twine, jute, raffia, whatever, to the length of the garland. If you have lots of leaves, you’ll need more string! If you want the garland to look full, shorten the length of the string.

Using the pipe cleaner “tail” affix the leaves to the string by curling the pipe cleaner around the string. Make it snug. Hang in the dining room or wherever your Thanksgiving festivities occur!

You could easily add to this each year. It’s fun to look back and see what your family was thankful for the previous year!

On another note, if you followed me from my previous blog, thanks! Please be patient as I get it up and looking pretty! I’m hoping to add a greater variety of content, but the cooking and humor will still abound! I’m hoping I’ll also be able to be a bit more transparent and add some “life” to the blog as well. Hopefully you’ll enjoy those posts, too! live•rinse•repeat is kind of how I find myself these days. I am fortunate to be saved by Jesus and feel like I get another chance everyday to wash off the mistakes of yesterday and begin again fresh. We all make mistakes, we can all recover from them. I’m willing to share mine with you. I hope you’ll feel welcome to comment, and, just maybe, share some of your do-overs!

I’m grateful to have you as a reader! What are you grateful for?

Happy November!

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