Are you ready to see our Thankful Thanksgiving craft?! If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I don’t do many craft posts. It’s not that I don’t like to do crafts, in fact I really love doing them. It’s just hard with three little helpers. I think the last time we did a craft together it was LAST Thanksgiving, when we made these hand-print Turkeys. Let’s just say it’s not easy to do crafts with three sets of hands reaching for scissors, trying to eat glue, and sticking markers up their noses.
So, this year, just me and my oldest decided to make a craft. He loves drawing and painting, and is very creative. For this project, we wanted to focus on some skills he’s been working on for school, which are cutting and printing letters. He has a hard time getting the grip on the pen/pencil/marker, so I was so excited when I watched him working hard on this project with me. His gripe (and handwriting) is really improving. Hooray for kindergarten!
Thankful Thanksgiving Inspiration
On to the craft…
Of course, we were inspired by how thankful we are for our family and…
The piles and piles of leaves in our yard. Seriously, my husband has racked too many times for me to count, and we STILL have leaves. Oh well. The snow tomorrow will cover them up (Yuck!)
I also got inspiration from a fellow blogger. I saw this cute wreath she made from paper leaves, and wanted to make one myself. I’ve looked and looked (mostly on Pinterest) so I could give you the link, but can’t find it again. So, if you’re that blogger, please comment, so I can give you the credit.
Again, on to the craft.
So, I combined the cool looking paper leaf wreath, then made my own tree to hang it on, and my son cut leaves and wrote the names of all the people he’s Thankful for…and we have our Thankful Thanksgiving Tree.
Supplies you’ll need
- Scrapbook paper, card stock, or construction paper
- A piece of card board (I used the back of the scrapbook paper pad)
- A large piece of white paper/poster board
- A scissors
- A bowl or something to trace to make a circle
Step 1 Tracing and Cutting
- Trace a bowl or free-hand a large circle on the cardboard that will become your wreath. I used a plastic bowl, then just cut out the center without tracing.
- Cut out your leaves. Again, I did this free-hand.
- Cut out your Tree shape and branches. It doesn’t have to be perfect. At. All.
Step 2 Writing our Thankful Thanksgiving People
- I gave my son a quarter of the leaves and the markers, and he wrote out all the names of the people he’s Thankful for. We stuck to just family members, so we didn’t have a million leaves like in the yard.
- I did help him spell out the names. He’s smart, but not quite a genius…yet.
- While he was writing on those leaves, I took the rest and glued them to the cardboard wreath in a circular pattern.
Step 3 Putting it Together
- I then glued the base of the tree to the large sheet of white paper.
- Once the wreath was dry, I glued it above the base of the tree.
- I stuck the branches out behind the wreath.
- My son glued all the leaves to the branches.
I think it turned out to be a pretty cute decoration. We’ll either bring it over to Thanksgiving for the Grandparents or maybe frame it and keep it on our Art wall. The neutral colors make it acceptable for any time of year, don’t you agree?
Do you enjoy doing crafts? Do you enjoy doing them with kids? If you have a secret how to make it easier, I’d love to hear it!