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Monday, November 7, 2011

What Are We Thankful For?

I think I have mentioned before that once summer is over, I like to decorate for each season or holiday. Autumn is my favorite, because fall colors are my favorite colors. Each year I like to try and make (or buy) a new item, so that my collection of decorations slowly grows. This year I came across an idea in the current issue of Better Homes and Gardens that I thought would be fun to do with the kids.
The idea was a "Thankful Board" that serves two purposes. First, it's a cute decoration and second, it will help us all think about the things we are thankful for. With November being birthday month at our house, it is a good time to focus on thankfulness, without waiting for the official holiday.
First, I bought a cheap, unfinished frame at my favorite store (Hobby Lobby) and stained it.

Then, I cut a piece of foam-core to fit the opening, and covered it with fall-themed fabric.

The next part of the project was kid-friendly: cutting out leaf shapes. Brynn's didn't turn out quite right, but she didn't care.

After that I made a little banner to go across the top that said: "We are Thankful for:" and propped it up on my substitute mantel.

Here are the first two thankfulnesses (I know, that probably isn't a word, but it conveys my meaning, so it should be): Birthdays and Friends. We really do have so many things to be thankful for - seeing this board will remind of that. I should come up with a few leaves of my own.


MommaMindy said...

We do this on a grapevine garland I leave up permanently on my fireplace mantle. I laminated some of last years leaves with names and dates on them, will add to the collection each year. Is fun! If I had a larger home, I would bring in a branch, plop it in a bucket and add our leaves.

Cute project! I love seeing little kids' handwriting.

Bassett said...

You just continue to be full of good ideas! =)

Jessica said...

It's a great idea and you are a creative mommy.

~ Tandis ~ said...

I've seen this similar idea and love it! Yours looks fantastic. Great way to teach your kids as well as decorate your home in a personal way.