Make Something | Gratitude Garland.

Thanksgiving is next week and I've been brainstorming ways to help my children express their gratitude. When put on the spot (say, around the table before the big meal) the kids clam up and can't remember all the things they are thankful for. I thought this garland would be a great way for them to record their feelings throughout the next week.

Each envelope is full of little business card size papers that say "I am thankful for..."The children simply fill in the rest when they are feeling particularly thankful and put the papers back in the mini bags. Then, on Thanksgiving Day we'll gather up the little pieces of paper and read them out loud.

To make my garland I gathered pine cones, twigs, doilies, ribbon, burlap, feathers, tiny brown paper bags, clothespins and card stock. I've recently become affiliated with Lifestyle Crafts and used their new High Rise letter die (so familiar to my new favorite font) for the letters on the tiny paper bags. High Rise is part of the new "Just For You" line and it's all really fun.

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  1. Great idea to eliminate the on the night stage fright! :) I wish we celebrated a designated 'thanksgiving day' here in Australia. Such an important character lesson for all of us!

  2. ADORABLE! Would you mind sharing where you found those little kraft bags? I was just looking on Etsy for something similar to them yesterday! I'm going to use them to hold our family's advent activity cards this Christmas. What size are they?

  3. Thank you so much for this... I know it's a bit late, but I'm going to adapt these a little bit for a valentine's day surprise. :) Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!


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