Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thanksgiving Garland by Simply Modern Mom

thanksgiving garland

Tiffany here from Simply Modern Mom and I am thrilled to be a guest on Tangled and True. I love this time of year when we reflect on the many things we are grateful for in our lives. The last couple of years, I wanted to teach my 3-year-old Kaye to express gratitude for the many blessings in her life. Thus began the tradition of our Thanksgiving countdown. A little tradition that began with construction paper chain links a few years ago. The main idea: Write down one thing we are grateful for each day in November. Each member in the family participates in writing down things they count as blessings. Then we display it somewhere visible as a daily reminder of the things we appreciate in our blessed lives.

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.
  • scissor
  • pencil
  • pens
  • raffia
1. Draw your leaf pattern. If you need inspiration, collect some fallen leaves outside then trace. You will want to make the stem about 1" long. Then cut out the pattern.

leaf pattern

2. Trace the leaf pattern on various different types of paper. Trace 30 leaves for each day in November.

trace leaves

3. Crumble the paper with the tracing on it. Then smooth out and cut.

crumble paper

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.

piles of leaves

6. Gather about 6 or 9 strands of raffia then tie a knot on one end.

knotted raffia

7. Begin braiding. Braid about 3-4" before adding leaves into your braid, sticking the stem of the leaf into your braid.

braid in leaves

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.

garland front

A back and finished view of the garland.

garland back

thanksgiving garland hanging


  1. This is so pretty and creative! Great idea!

  2. Gorgeous!!! I love the braided raffia!

  3. that is awesome! what a great idea.

  4. Tiffany,

    Thank you so much for posting. I love this idea. I am very excited to implement it at our house.

  5. I really like how this turned out. So simple and elegant!

  6. What a beautiful idea. Women like you inspire me. Thanks!

  7. What a clever idea! We've done leaf wreaths before, but I really like garland for a change. Thanks for such a fun project with the kids.

  8. This is such a great idea!! Simple, pretty, and meaningful!
    I featured it in my post here:

  9. I absolutely love it! Going to start prepping leaves to make one too! Thanks! :)

  10. It's very nice! We are not going to celebrate Thanksgiving as we are a Catalan family in Barcelona and here is no tradition, but I'm thinking about cooking a special meal and telling my little ones that we can set a special day for saying "Thanks". It could be really useful for their education and nice for all the family.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is beautiful. And we still have time to do it... Thank you!


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