This year, I upgraded the construction paper chain links to a leafy garland. Here is a simple tutorial for you to count your blessings in November with a garland.
- paper - white, scrapbook, paper bags, construction, printer, etc.
2. Trace the leaf pattern on various different types of paper. Trace 30 leaves for each day in November.
3. Crumble the paper with the tracing on it. Then smooth out and cut.
4. Give each family members a few leaves and have them write their blessings.
5. This is an optional step, but it makes the garland look fuller. Cut out smaller size leaves to put in between the large leaves. Luckily, I had a large leaf punch.
6. Gather about 6 or 9 strands of raffia then tie a knot on one end.
7. Begin braiding. Braid about 3-4" before adding leaves into your braid, sticking the stem of the leaf into your braid.
8. If you are using the small leaves for a fuller garland, insert the small ones into some of the braids between the larger leaves. Keep going until all the leaves are gone or you have reached your desired length. Make sure to do 3-4" of plain braids before ending the raffia with a knot. If you need a longer length, add more raffia into the braid.
A back and finished view of the garland.