Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I wanted to share a little Thanksgiving craft today.
We had a Thanksgiving Tree in our house for many, many years. Each year I'd cut out a base for the tree and tape it to the pantry door in our kitchen the first week in November. Then [approximately - lol] each day everyone would take a moment and write something they're thankful for on a paper leaf and tape it to the tree. By the time Thanksgiving arrived our tree would be full again.
When we moved to this house I gave up the Thanksgiving Tree tradition for a couple of reasons: 1] I didn't have a convenient place to tape a tree up and 2] the boys were older and going about their lives at a busy - busy pace.
But this year I decided to bring it back with a fresh new twist.
I used the frame originally used for my Halloween art [remember, I moved it all to a smaller frame] and re-painted the frame a deep red, painted the mat purple, and painted the background papers teal and green. [If any of you remember the Real Simple cover from September - they paired the purple and teal together and I loved that combination!] Then I cut the tree out of patterned scrapbook paper. All of this is under the glass. The 'Give Thanks' blocks came from Hobby Lobby and are hot glued in place. A marker, leaves and tape are in the basket on the little shelf underneath.
It's hanging in the foyer [where other seasonal 'art' hangs through out the year.] This year as family and friends come and go in our home they're invited to take a leaf and write down something they are thankful for - then tape it to the outside of the glass. I plan to re-use this over and over [and will only need to re-place the paper leaves.
- Anyone know of a cricuit cartridge that has different leaves?]
Happy Thanksgiving! - Let's celebrate all month!


Summer said...

Very cool, TFS

Jessica said...
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Jessica said...

Oops I was wrong, I went to the cricut search tool and typed in leaf, and there are a bunch! 3 Birds, Accent essentials. Ashlyn's alphabet has 3, Cake basics, Beyond Birthdays, etc. There was 219 different files found in the search! I'm sure you have some of these cartridges. Have fun!

Just a simple gal said...

Thanks so much Jessica!