November means a lot of things to people. Some look forward to the weather finally turning crisp or the beautiful colors across the scenery. Traditions and giving are also big themes for this time of year. If you read Creating Your Future November Goals then you know that one of my main goals for this month is increasing my thankfulness. Even if you have a grateful heart, sometimes we lose sight of how much we have to be thankful for every day. That is why it is important to be mindful about increasing your thankfulness. The main strategy for doing this is to write down 3 things each day that you are thankful for. You can extend this practice with your family by making this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. It is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving while exercising continued thankfulness together.
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- 18 inch Straw Wreath
- Plaid Wired Ribbon
- Faux Autumn Leaves
- “Spice Market” Card Stock Paper Pack
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- “Stretch Your Imagination” Cartridge
- Pack of Dressmaker’s Pins
- Copper and Gold Sharpie Markers
Remove all packaging from your wreath.
Cut a length of ribbon that is 24 inches long.
Fold the ribbon in half and knot the loose ends about 8 inches from the bottom.
Wrap around the top of the wreath and pull the folded end through the knotted end. Pull tight to secure.
Tie the dangling ends into a bow. Trim the bottoms and fold the ends behind. See picture for reference.
- You can secure your bow to your wreath using 2 dressmaker’s pins.
Attach your faux autumn leaves with your pins to cover your wreath.
- I love the natural look of the straw so I chose not to cover it completely. This is totally optional.
Cut out 5-10 leaves in each color from your paper pack. Use the leaf button on the “Stretch Your Imagination” cartridge (not ‘leaf-s’).
- Change up the sizes to add visual interest to your wreath. I used 3 inches and 4 inches.
- Save time and use the ‘auto-fill’ feature to cut out as many leaves as will fit on one page.
Have your family fill out the leaves with what they are thankful for using the metallic Sharpies.
- Let your little non-writers get involved by having them dictate what they are thankful for to you.
Attach your thankful leaves to your wreath with your dressmaker’s pins.
This is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Create an environment of thankfulness with gorgeous décor. Take the opportunity to make a family night out of making this wreath. It’s good for your kids to hear what you are thankful for. Even better, you might be surprised to hear what your little ones are thankful for. (Case-in-point: my 4 year old is thankful for her Twilight Sparkle Pony from Build-a-Bear. She cracks me up!)
Want to take this décor a step further? Use some of the paper leaves as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner. As the meal winds down, ask guests to write down what they are thankful for. Have the guests add their thankful leaves to your wreath before they go. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition guests look forward to each year!