Below are the directions from Spoonful for this fun and easy project.
Garland of Gratitude
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
- Spray bottle (filled with water)
- Colored pencils
- Twine or natural-colored string
- Double-sided tape
- Draw leaf shapes on colored construction paper, or download leaf templates and then trace on to colored construction paper.Make at least 1 leaf per guest plus others for decoration.
- 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).
- Next, cut out the leaves and hand them to your guests to write on.
- 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.