Happy Make It Monday! Did you all have a wonderful weekend?
While it was our first weekend in months without a soccer game, it was a very busy weekend. Can't wait to share more about the fun Pacific Northwest Bloggers Holiday event I attended -- and show you the fabulous bag that I WON! I love it so much!
Until then, let's talk turkey. Or, more in general, Thanksgiving. Do your kids have No School November like ours do? There is only one week during this month where they will be in school for the full five days. The other weeks are four or three day school weeks. That means we will have a LOT of time together. And with the holidays, around here, that means craft time!
Since Thanksgiving time is a great time to sit down and reflect on all of the people and things in our lives for which we are thankful, the kids and I came up with a fun, easy, fast, and almost free way to share our thanks and turn it into a nice Thanksgiving wreath to hang in our home.
This DIY Thanksgiving craft is SO easy. Here's what you need:
- Colored paper or colored cardstock
- Printer and computer
- Pencil or pen
- Large paper plate, with a large center hole cut out so that all that is left is a circle outline that is about 1" thick
- Tape or glue
- Printable PDF file of leaf outlines
1. Download the FREE printable PDF of leaf outlines that I've created. These are simple leaf shapes that are wide enough for you and your kids to write what you are thankful for, and the perfect size to create a nice round wreath.
2. Print the PDF onto colored paper or, as I prefer, think colored cardstock. To add some texture, I used cardstock that had varying textures on the printed side.
3. Using regular scissors, cut out the leaf shapes inside of the lines, so that the black printed lines do not show when the shapes are cut out. This is a great task that your kids can do on their own or with you.
4. Have each member of the family write down what they are thankful for on the different cut out shapes.
5. Layer the leaves one over the other in a circular pattern that forms a wreath, so that they overlap each other but so you can still read most of the writing. You can use the cut out paper plate as a guide for the circle, as this is the part that can be tough. Move leaves around and around until you get a circular shape and color pattern that you are happy with. This may take you just a few minutes, but it took me a while.
6. Keeping the leaves in their pattern, carefully glue or tape the backs of the leaves to one another. This is where you really shouldn't worry about how messy the glue/tape ends up in the back, since no one will see it.
7. When you've glued or taped all of the leaves together, you can either punch a hole at the top and hang it on your door, or you can glue/tape the whole thing to the paper plate you used as the guide for your circular pattern. The paper plate can help give it some weight and make it easier to hang, and to lay flat when hanging.
Voila! That's it!
You can use any ol' leaf shape you'd like, but I've made it easy for you and created a free download with five different leaf outlines that made the wreath you see in these photos. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the document, and you can download this free online at Adobe.com
Ready to get started?
Click here to download the free Thanksgiving printable
Other uses for this DIY Thanksgiving Paper Wreath:
- Keep each person's leaves together to create a small wreath and use as a place setting, under candle holders, or as napkin holders at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
- Modge Podge the whole paper wreath after it's assembled and glued or taped together to give it extra staying power and a little sheen.
- Have each person choose one color - red, orange, yellow, green, brown - and write all of their thanks on leaves printed out on the same color. Create individual wreaths per person, and you'll have a beautiful collection of individual monochromatic Thanksgiving paper wreathes in the end.
I'd love to hear from you: are you doing any projects this month as a family for Thanksgiving?