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Thanksgiving Crafts: Garland of Gratitude Decoration

Garland of Gratitude

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

Simple enough for kids to create on their own, these beautiful, textured leaves make a wonderful holiday tradition. Invite each guest to write something he or she is grateful for on a leaf, and watch the garland grow each year.


  • Colored construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Spray bottle (filled with water)
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Twine or natural-colored string
  • Double-sided tape


1. Draw leaf shapes on colored construction paper, or download leaf templates and then trace on to colored construction paper.

2. Make at least 1 leaf per guest plus others for decoration.

3. Lay the paper on a covered work surface, then spray water over both sides so the whole surface is damp. Crumple the paper into a loose ball, flatten it out, and let it dry completely (which takes a few hours).

Garland of Gratitude  - Step 3

4. Next, cut out the leaves and hand them to your guests to write on.

5. Finally, make a garland by folding the stems over a length of string and taping them in place. Drape them from a sideboard, along a mantel, or from the top of a doorway.