Thankful Banner – Giving Thanks


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As busy moms, we can sometimes forget to take the time to think just how much we have to be thankful for. We get so wrapped up in our families’ busy schedules, that we don’t take a moment to step back and look at the big picture.

So, as Thanksgiving nears, I wanted to start a project for my family that will not only add some fun holiday color to our home, but will help us to realize how lucky we are to have each other, our home, our kids’ school, our community, and more.

Thanksgiving Thankful Banner

I’ve seen Thanksgiving thankful banners on Pinterest, and think they are a great way to get into the spirit of the Thanksgiving season. So, this morning, I got out some leftover cardstock (but heavy construction paper will do, too) and some twine and got to work on my banner. Then I went out into the backyard and found a leaf to trace. Once I found one that I liked, I got to work!

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At first, I traced the leaf designs onto the paper and cut them out one by one, but then, I had the epiphany that I could move much faster if I folded the paper over a few times, so I could trace and cut out several leaves at once! (My mind was moving slowly this morning, LOL.)

Thankful Leaves

I then got out my useful hole puncher and punched a hole in each leaf so I could easily string the paper leaves together for the banner. If you plan to punch holes in the stems of your leaves, just make sure that the stems are thick enough first.

After my holes were punched, I took three paper leaves and wrote three things I am thankful for: my family, my home and our friends.

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After I found some twine, it took very little time to string the leaves together for my Thanksgiving thankful banner. I think the kids will have fun writing what they are thankful for when they get home from school today!

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Fall Thanksgiving Mantle

I like how the paper leaf Thanksgiving thankful banner adds extra color to my home’s fall mantle!
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This project was shared at the Creative Spark Link Party!

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  1. fusion of two things i absolutely love: fall leaves and being thankful … wonderful idea!

  2. This is cute! What a great idea! :)
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  3. Ohhh I love how the shape of the leaves turned out. How festive! Your mantle looks really cute too. I hope you & your family had a great weekend.
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  4. What a simple project that brightens up the room for fall. Hope you have a great day.
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  5. I love the project and how simple it is!
    Thank you for being our final co-host for Raising Imperfection.

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
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  6. Beautiful project. I love how it is classic, simple, and not overwhelming.

  7. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving thankful banner. It was featured in today’s fall craft roundup. Don’t forget to link up your Christmas decorating ideas tomorrow for another chance to be featured!
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    • Thanks so much for featuring my Thanksgiving thankful banner! I will try to link up tomorrow, too!

  8. Super cute idea, Lauren. I love this look for Thanksgiving ~ perfect colors, too!
    Thank you for sharing at the DIY Showcase this week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  9. Happy Thanksgiving!! Just wanted to let you know this will be featured tonight on the blog – thanks so much for linking up! Also, you are our ad space winner. :)
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