Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Leaf Thankfulness Garland

I was trying to figure out how to do something different for Thanksgiving this year since we are hosting dinner. I thought it would be neat to do something that we could add on to every year.

I decided to do a Thankfulness garland. I wasn't sure where to start but I knew I wanted real leaves. I found on Crafty Lumberjacks how they pressed leaves in wax paper. I happened to have some laminating sheets (link for your convenience below) and figured it might last longer that way. 

My kids collected a lot of leaves in all different shapes and sizes. We put them in some thick books overnight to press. The next day we got out the laminating sheets. 

We laid out the leaves on one sheet and made sure there was enough room between them to cut them out and keep it sealed.

I cut out all of the individual leaves and pressed the laminate down to make sure they were sealed good. 

I used twine and made garland along my fireplace. I just used thumbtacks to hold it because my mantel is a big piece of wood but you could easily use command hooks (shown below for your convenience) so you don't damage your mantel.

I uses clothes pins and hung each leaf on a different one. On Thanksgiving day everybody will pick a leaf, write their name, the year, and what they are thankful for. You can use a dry erase marker and wipe it off to reuse it next year or a permanent marker to save them and add to it every year. 

I hope you enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving.

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