Hello everyone! I’m Erin from The Organized Life: a blog about cleaning, organizing, and my attempts at DIY. I am thrilled to be over here today sharing a Thanksgiving project with you. As you may have seen, Jenn put together a creative team, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get to know you as time goes by.
As you are probably aware, Thanksgiving is fast approaching. I happen to love Thanksgiving: I love the simple traditions and family gatherings. I love the turkey and pumpkin pie; and I love taking time to reflect on our many blessings.
I admit, some days are harder than others to express thanks; like the days my kids continuously yell, “Monaya’s chewing with her mouth open!”, “Caleb’s breathing too loud!”, “Isaac’s sniffling and it’s SO annoying!” Are we serious? (Please note, these are actual quotes used with frequency in my house…)
Three years ago, I came up with “thankful leaves” as a way for our family to practice the art of gratitude. Every day, from November 1st through Thanksgiving day, each person writes down one thing we are grateful for (even on days when someone’s been breathing too loud). In the past, I have used foam leaves from the craft store and taped them to the kitchen wall. This year, however, I thought I would try making something we could use for years to come.
I do not claim to be a crafty DIYer (if I did, I’d be lying), so this project is simple, and doesn’t require a lot of time.
- Frame (Make one or buy one; it’s totally up to you)- Mine was 28″ x 24″
- Chicken Wire
- Staple Gun with Staples
- Leaves (Real or fake are fine)
- Small Clothpins
- Banner (Optional)
I wanted to start with a frame, and luckily, we have a lot of old barn wood. I asked my hubby if he would be so kind as to make a frame for me, and he
enthusiastically agreed when I told him that I didn’t want the gaps filled, nor did I want any sanding; I wanted it raw and imperfect.
Onto the back, I stapled some chicken wire.
I created a banner made of paper, twine, and stickers, but this is completely optional.
The last step was taking a nature walk to find some fall leaves for pressing. I am lucky enough to live where the leaves are vibrant and plentiful, but if that’s not you, many craft stores carry paper leaf cut-outs that will work just fine.
Once November 1st arrives (or whatever day you choose to start), simply write one thing you are thankful for onto the leaves. Using a small clothespin, secure it to the chicken wire.
I absolutely love the way this turned out. The wood has sentimental value as it belonged to a barn owned by my husband’s grandparents, and we can use it time and again as a way to express our gratitude.
At the end of the holiday, I take down all the leaves and write down what each person was thankful for in a gratitude journal. It is so fun to see what my children have been thankful for throughout the years. A couple of my favorites: pickles, refrigerators, and being potty trained (Amen!)
Thanks for letting me spend some time with you today, and thank you Jenn, for the opportunity to stop by.
I would absolutely love to keep in touch with you!