Giving Thanks-Free Thankful Banner Download

Last year, we did a thankful tree on Thanksgiving day. This year, the girls have a jar of leaves that they can write or draw on whenever they want to add to this banner in our kitchen.

I’m hoping it’s a great way for them to see what their parents are grateful for and encourages them to remember to be thankful too.

This is the simplest banner to make, and it changes as you add more leaves or birds! I hope ours is squished to the brim when the month is over.

I threw on a little glitter mist because it was lying around (so it’s completely optional). I liked the Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mist for the brown and orange leaves and the Tattered Angels Glitter Mist in Sweet Clover for the olive green leaves.

If you aren’t into the Glitter Mist, just let your little ones scribble away to add their “thanks.” Get bigger kids to help you cut out the leaves (or sit in front of your favorite show as you cut them out).

Hang the banner in a place that you’ll see often (ours is in the doorway between our living room and kitchen) so that you’ll see it often and remember to add to it.

I’m hoping ours is an opportunity to really remember what this month is about (rather than a jump start on Christmas). If it’s successful, we may just change up the colors for Christmasand use it place holder for “good deeds done” during December to encourage friendship and giving.

Here’s the full tutorial plus pattern for you to download! Hope you have fun and are able to give thanks at the same time!

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55 Responses to “Giving Thanks-Free Thankful Banner Download”

  1. [...] Thankful Leaf Banner from Carina Gardener [...]

  2. [...] A decoration and a craft? That’s a win win for you. Write things you are thankful for on paper leaves and pin them up across the room on a string. You can do this before guests get there or have them help you once they’ve arrived with their own gifts of thanks. (via Carina Gardner) [...]

  3. [...] A decoration and a craft? That’s a win win for you. Write things you are thankful for on paper leaves and pin them up across the room on a string. You can do this before guests get there or have them help you once they’ve arrived with their own gifts of thanks. (via Carina Gardner) [...]

  4. SheriC says:

    THIS IS AWWEEEEESOME!!!! Thank you! I’ve been looking for an easy, cheap way to have a way for my guest to engage at my Friendsgiving :)

  5. Cynthia says:

    How very cool! I love this idea! We all need to take time to make note of what and who we are thankful for having in our lives. Great craft idea and thank you for the download pdf file.

    I also need to remember to thank Coletta for featuring your craft today on Review This!

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