easy thankful tree leaves: just add glitter.

November 7, 2011

glittered thankful leaves
I love seeing all the beautiful thankful trees out there and one day, maybe I'll end up making a fancy and beautiful one for our family. But until then, I need something fast and quick that we can whip up in an afternoon--together.

Last year, I went with the very-un-leafy pennant route, but this year, I found a way to get some leaves without having to cut any out. We just gathered up real leaves from our backyard--from the magnolia tree.
leaf craft
Juliet had fun gathering and then slathering on a healthy helping of Mod Podge. (We did this craft outside in the backyard to help deal with the glittery mess.)
leaf craft
Then, we sprinkled a ton of glitter on top. Lucia helped out by playing with the glitter bottles (closed caps) and periodically climbing on top of the table.
glittery magnolia leaves
We left them to dry in the sun, then I sprayed them with some hairspray to lock in the glitter.
glittered thankful leaves
Placed them in a bowl on the kitchen table...
thankful leaf
And used a sharpie to record the people and things we are thankful for this year. We did a few in the first setting and now every so often at meals, Juliet will come up with something else she is thankful for and we'll write it down. I like how it is easy to add to whenever we feel like it--it's a work in progress.

How do you teach your kids about gratitude? Do you have any fun family traditions for the thanksgiving season?

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