Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the warmth of an amazing meal and the gathering of my family each year. It’s just a wonderful time to enjoy each other and remember to give thanks for the blessings my family and I enjoy on a daily basis.
So I like to decorate for Thanksgiving as well. Bring on the visual reminders of gratitude, thankfulness, and even those reminders that some blessings come with a cost. So I wanted something to reflect those sentiments and help me remember to be openly thankful AND giving this season.
This Thankful Banner fits the bill. Since it hangs from a branch, you can hang it anywhere from your front door to the mantel–all you need is a hook, nail, or knob!
Thankful Banner Supplies:
- Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection
- Darice Pearl White Berry Garland
- 1″ Twill Tape
- Small branch
- Hot glue gun
- Glue Dots
Step 1: Start with a piece of muslin-covered cardboard approximately 15″ x 10″. Hot glue the fabric to the back side of the cardboard to get a nice smooth front.
Step 2: Adhere two pieces of twill tape to the back of the cardboard.
Step 3: Cut paper banner, “Thankful” greeting, and leaves from card stock using electronic cutter or craft knife. The greeting was cut from the back side of the card stock for a different color.
Step 4: Adhere greeting to paper banner, and adhere paper banner to your fabric banner at the top and centered.
Step 5: Create different leaf looks. Fold 1/3 of your leaves in half length wise to mimic a leaf stem, then distress. Take the other 2/3 of the leaves and use the back and front sides for different effects. You should now have a variety similar to this. You might want to add a few different colors of leaves.
Step 6: Curl the leaves by rolling them between your fingers. The more you break down the fibers in the paper by rolling, the easier it is to get the shape you want.
Step 7: Cut section of berry garland, and twist into a mini wreath shape. Adhere leaves to the wreath as desired.
Step 8: Adhere wreath to fabric banner.
Step 9: Insert the small branch through the twill tape loops, and hang.
It has been a long time since I made a wreath but I have seen so many awesome paper ones lately that I knew I wanted to make one this fall. I pulled out my Core’dinations supplies and got to work making a Harvest Wreath with some non-traditional colors.
Give Thanks Wreath Supplies:
- Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock
- Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
- Jillian Dot Assorted Pack
- Foam Wreath
- Coordinating Buttons
Step 2: Sand the cardstock bringing out the core color.
Step 3: Add adhesive to the back side of the strips and then begin to loop them around the wreath (I used a 10 inch wreath). Overlap slightly so that the wreath form doesn’t show. Notch the end of each strip as you go.
Step 6: Add flowers, twine, buttons, or other small embellishments to bring in some additional textures.
Don’t you just love all the decorating possibilities you have when you play with paper!?!
The Thanksgiving season will be here before we know it. Right now is a great time to be working on those Thanksgiving projects. Every year I enjoy helping my children think about all the things that we are grateful for. This year, I’m so excited to use this fun Thanksgiving We Are Grateful Board to help them think a little more about gratitude. This could be used year after year. You could write things down for the nine days leading up to Thanksgiving, putting the papers in the pockets, or you could write down as many things as you can think of that you are grateful for now, and pull them out and read one pocket full for each of the nine days leading up to Thanksgiving. Today, I am going to show you how I put this together.
‘We Are Grateful’ Board Supplies:
- Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock
- Core Basics Canvas Texture White Cardstock
- Frame (I used a thrifted frame)
- Jute Twine
- Mini Clothes Pins
Step 1: Using the Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock, cut out nine library pockets. Using the Core Basics Canvas Texture White Cardstock, cut out the circles with numbers. I used a digital die cutting machine to do this. Fold the pockets, and using adhesive, glue them together. Adhere the number circles to the front of the pockets.
Step 2: Measure your frame for the lengths of jute twine. Using your scissors, cut four pieces total of the same length.
Step 3: Using whatever adhesive you’d like, attach one length of jute twine to the back of the frame, just below the top. I used masking tape for this. I’m sure a staple gun or some kinds of glue would work well too.
Step 4: Cut letters to spell “WE ARE GRATEFUL.” Turn your frame back over so the front is face you. Using adhesive, put just enough glue on the back of the letters at the top, for them to stick to the jute twine. I used some craft tweezers to help get them just right.
Step 5: Lay out your pockets with the frame upside down. This is to help you see about where your other lengths of jute twine need to be attached. I also used a ruler to help get them straight. Attached your jute twine.
Step 6: Turn your frame over, so the front is forward. Using your mini clothes pins, clip your pockets onto the jute twine.
Step 7: Write down the items you are grateful for and add to the pockets, or add blank pieces of paper to the pockets to be written on later. Now you are all finished!
The little letters hang down, just right.
The pockets do too.
You can hang it on your wall, or set it on a shelf or table, anywhere that your family will see it and be reminded of what they are grateful for.
A joyful and pleasant thing is to be Thankful.
Fall is upon us and giving thanks is so important and it resonates on every level with this layout from Cari Locken.
Just some simple sanding on the Core’dinations Core Impressions from Cosmo Cricket is all you need with these gorgeous Imaginisce papers.
Have a Great week!