The Gratitude Wreath
Bring a little bit of autumn indoors. Family and friends help create
this wreath by sharing what they are thankful for on brightly colored
leaves. Every member of the family can contribute to this beautiful
wreath. This is a great, concrete, visual way to put meaning back in
the holidays for children.
18-inch diameter straw or styrofoam wreath
1 or 2 metallic paint pens
3 1/2-yards of 1/4-inch elastic
1 straight pin
1. Fill a large grocery sack with sturdy fall leaves.
2. As a base, use an 18-inch diameter straw or styrofoam wreath.
3. Wrap the wreath with the elastic. Start by securing one end of the
elastic to the top of the wreath with a long straight pin. Wrap the
elastic around the wreath at 3-inch intervals. The elastic should be
snug against the straw, but not too tight. Once you have gone all the
way around the wreath, tie the ends of the elastic together.
4. Using a paint pen on the leaves (a sharpie will also work), have each member of the family
write down what they are most thankful for.
5. Starting at the top and working clockwise, tuck the stems of two
or three leaves into each band of elastic. Try to arrange the leaves
so that no elastic or straw shows. If necessary, use a hot glue gun to hold the leaves in place.
This wreath should take about 15
minutes to construct. Hang the finished wreath on the front door and
celebrate all of your family's blessings.
We leave a basket of leaves near the door, and on Thanksgiving Day,
all of our guests add their blessings to our wreath.
About the Authors: Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes are
the co-authors of the award-winning book Together: Creating Family
Traditions. To check out their website that's jam packed with family
ideas, visit http://www.togetherparenting.com.
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