Monday, November 5, 2012


This month's theme is THANKFULNESS!
I cannot believe that another year has almost come and gone!  I have alot to be thankful for this year - I am heathly and surrounded by a loving family and wonderful friends, so I considermyself lucky as well!
Since both sides of my family get together for a big meal every Thanksgiving, I always like to make some kind of interactive project - a centerpiece or a banner - that brings everyone together and gives us the opportunity to reflect upon what we are all thankful for.
This year I have created a THANKFUL BANNER and each family member can write on a leaf what they are thankful for!
Here's How I Made It:
  • Gather a variety of Autumn themed patterned papers and embellishments.  All of the supplies that I used were items that I already had on hand!  Most were from a Making Memories kit that I purchased at Michael's several years ago.
  • Sketch out 4 or 5 different leaves on to cardboard, then traced them on the patterned papers and cut out with scissors.  You can also use a die and a die cutting machine if you have one.
  • I crumpled all of my leafs, then flattened them back out and inked them with Tea Dye Distress Ink by Ranger.
  • Cut a section of ribbon the same length as the banner you want to make, then sew the leaves on to the ribbon with a sewing machine.
  • Spell out the word THANKFUL in chipboard letters - mine had a brown velvet finish and I added colored, self adhesive pearls to make them stand out.
  • Decorate the rest of your banner with the variety of embellishments you have gathered - I used glittered swirls, fabric covered brads, felt pumpkins and acorns, along with colored pearls and rhinestones.  Some of my embellishments were self adhesive, but for the others I used Aleene's Tacky Glue from iLoveToCreate - I just LOVE that glue!
I will hang mine on the mantle on Thanksgiving Day and each family member can write their Thankful Message on a different leaf with their name and the date.  This will become a Family Keepsake that I am sure will adorn my mantle for many years to come!
I hope you enjoyed my project today!
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Thanks for stopping by! - Beth


Unknown said...

Great idea! Love the leaves!

Terry Ricioli Designs said...

The sparkly blue swirls are a nice touch against the fall leaves!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

2beautiful wreath!

Lorine Mason said...

Thought I left a comment but more than happy to leave another. Great color and great pattern combination