Garland of Gratitude

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Garland of Gratitude Thanksgiving Craft
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages all-ages

Simple enough for kids to create on their own, these beautiful, textured leaves make a wonderful holiday tradition. Invite each guest to write something he or she is grateful for on a leaf, and watch the garland grow each year.

What you'll need

  • Colored construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Spray bottle (filled with water)
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Twine or natural-colored string
  • Double-sided tape

How to make it

  1. Draw leaf shapes on colored construction paper, or download leaf templates and then trace on to colored construction paper.

    Make at least 1 leaf per guest plus others for decoration.

  2. Lay the paper on a covered work surface, then spray water over both sides so the whole surface is damp. Crumple the paper into a loose ball, flatten it out, and let it dry completely (which takes a few hours).

  3. Garland of Gratitude  - Step 3

    Next, cut out the leaves and hand them to your guests to write on.

  4. Finally, make a garland by folding the stems over a length of string and taping them in place. Drape them from a sideboard, along a mantel, or from the top of a doorway.

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