Wednesday, November 9, 2011

gratitude garland {a repost}

I have been busy, busy thinking about and planning for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Today I thought I'd share a quick repost from last year with a fun idea for a simple gratitude garland. 

PS: This year I plan to use these these fun {and free!} printables from Jones Design Company! 

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{this was originally posted November 15, 2010}



This week I made a Gratitude Garland.  I've been seeing these all over and I really, really loved the concept, but I didn't want to invest a bunch of time and money into something that would only be up for a few weeks.  So, I came up with a very simplified version using {mostly} what I had on hand.



If you'd like to make one, here's what you'll need:

Scrapbook cardstock {I used 5 different patterns; use the double sided version, if your garland is visible from both sides}
Paper punch, or leaves to trace and cut
A few different kinds of ribbon or twine
Mini Clothespins
Avery Labels {optional}
First, gather the ribbon and twine together and measure out the length of the garland you'd like, accounting for how long you'd like each swag to be. 



Tie a ribbon to each swag to secure in place.  Until you have this:




Next, punch out the paper tags, or trace and cut your leaf shapes. 




You can add name labels to each tag if you like.  {I like labels...a lot}.




You could also print the labels to say "Give Thanks" or "Grateful" or something along those lines. 
Now that you have your paper tags or leaves, begin attaching them to the garland with the mini clothespins.  I think that the regular sized clothespins might be a little heavy, but you could always add a hole punch to the tops and tie them on with ribbon or twine if you can't find the mini clothespins.






And there you have it!  A simple gratitude garland in about an hour. 

I like to mail the tags out to family and friends a few weeks ahead of time with an envelope for them to mail the tags back.  Then, my oldest checks the mail and attaches them to the garland every day when they come in.  It's a fun family project.  And it also means we get to include family members in our tradition who might not be able to be here to share the Thanksgiving holiday with us.
If you don't have a banister, or mantle, or other place you'd like to hang a garland, you could also use this idea:





This tree branch had fallen over in the yard and I stuck it in some beach sand with a piece of driftwood; you could also use apples or pears or tiny white pumpkins as the filler.  If would look great on the Thanksgiving buffet and guests could fill out their tags as they arrived.  {The leaves will only last about 2 days before they dry out}

I hope I inspired you to make a gratitude garland!  If you make one, please email me a photo - I would love to see your creation!

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So, this was going to be the end of my post, but I have to share one more thing we made this weekend.  After seeing this yesterday morning, we went to The Home Depot to pick up some bird seed and now we have this:




So fun!  I can't wait to see all the little birdies!  We were planning on tossing the pumpkins today, so I'm so glad I saw this - just in the nick of time!  Next year, I will be sure and buy a Cinderella pumpkin for this project, so I can get those curvy shapes.  Love it!  Thanks for passing along the project idea, Maria!

7 comments:

  1. Oh Amber you are so creative!! I love all of your ideas! I miss you all and hope things are going wonderfully for everyone...say hi to everyone for me please!!

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  3. I didn't see your post last year and I would have TOTALLY done that - Cute! I just printed Emily's cards tonight and we started our Thankful Tree. Loving that a LOT!

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  4. I love this idea. Going to start ours tonight!

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