Monday, November 23, 2009

On an Easy Thanksgiving Banner

The girls and I made this quick craft (while I was in the middle of making dinner).

I had originally sent them out to gather leaves to make this project.

But, alas (*sigh), all the leaves in our yard were already dead.  (But it did get the kids outside to play for awhile.)

So, I grabbed some construction paper in fall colors, which is what any homeschooling mama does when there are no leaves to collect, and I traced their little hands.  Everyone knows that around Thanksgiving the best thing to make from traced little hands is leaves - and turkeys.  Right?

Then, I cut out those precious hand shapes.  Since I have three little ones, I was able to get three different sized leaves.  A nice touch.

I went ahead and let the girls do some painting on the backside of the "leaves" because around our house there are absolutely not enough reasons to paint, according to my 4 year old.

I grabbed some twine that I had lying around for another project and paper clipped the hand-leaves to the twine.  Then I spelled out H-A-P-P-Y on one strand and T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G on the other for a perfect little Thanksgiving Banner, though not quite as sophisticated as Joy's.

Sophisticated isn't always practical in a house full of little ones though, now is it?



  1. Hi Shannon!
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  2. that is adorable, and I bet so much more precious than what you would have come up with if the leaves weren't already dead!

    I'll try this one with my nieces on Thursday -- how else could we wait for apple pie?!

  3. Very cute idea! Who needs sophisticated?

  4. Thanks!! My mother-in-law has a thankgiving b-day and I was just searching for homemade gift ideas. I think we will make a "Happy Birthday" Banner with our three little ones.


  5. Glad you can use this idea. Happy Thanksgiving!


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