thankful garland: the lazy woman's thankful tree

November 22, 2010

thankful garland
I first discovered the "thankful tree" last year and really wanted to make one. But I didn't. Instead, I did this whole "day without toys" experiment.

I thought about it again this year, but really couldn't muster up the creative energy to make it how I wanted it. However, I still wanted Juliet and I to spend some time talking about what we are thankful for, so I came up with this.
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What is the easiest shape to cut out? A triangle for sure. If you use the edge of the paper, you just have to make two cuts. It's fantastic.

So it took about 2 minutes to cut these triangle out since I stacked the paper. Juliet and I sat down and I asked her what she was thankful for, then wrote it down. We then used double sided poster tape to affix it to the wall.

Oh, and we had to glue sequins to them because we have to glue sequins to everything. Otherwise it's not a craft. 
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Don't you love the dirty wall? Maybe I should clean my house instead of cutting out triangles? 
I love what she came up with--especially this one "all things that start with J."
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The cat just happened to enjoy this spot, so I had to get a few pictures. Usually, she is not so cooperative.  Maybe she liked that her name appeared on the garland.

Did you make a thankful tree? What did you make it out of?

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7 comments:

Belle said...

What a great idea! It is wonderful to remind children to be thankful. And it is always better to spend more time with your kids than cleaning.

Anonymous said...

I think it's super cute! Definitely going on the to-do list. Who doesn't love another reason to make a banner? --moonie

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

thanks, belle. :) You're right about the spending time with kids thing. :)

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Love it. I'm gathering up the motivation needed to make a thankful turkey for tomorrow's post, but now I'm wishing I'd thought of this first! :)

Silver Rose said...

I love it too! And your cat really DOES look like Slinky! hehehe Hope you're enjoying some time with the kiddos.

Infant Bibliophile said...

We did a felt one this year (http://infantbibliophile.blogspot.com/2010/11/thankful-tree-my-favorite-thanksgiving.html). Love your version!

Lesha said...

I stumbled across your blog. Fun Garland, love all the different papers. I have little ones too, that is something that is manageable to do with them "helping"

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