kids crafts

Gratitude Garland

Any time is a good time to remember what you’re grateful for, but fall leaves + Thanksgiving makes this a truly perfect time for a Gratitude Garland. Download and print these leaves here, then decorate for the season with this super easy paper project!

Paper leaves / acorn (download here and print on cardstock)
Glue or glue stick
Marker or Pen

Download and print the leaves & acorn (designed by our awesome summer 2021 intern, Claire Sanderman). I used different colored cardstock for our project – you can decide how you want your Gratitude Garland to look. You could print on white cardstock, or just one color, or do a variety like I did here.

Cut out the leaves.

Ask your family and friends to write things they’re grateful for on the leaves and acorn. You could do this throughout the entire fall, or the month of November if you’re planning to have this as a decoration for Thanksgiving. Or you could do it during your actual Thanksgiving party, as an activity for all in attendance! Here I was getting a preview of how it might look hanging up.

Once at least one of the leaves is filled out, you can put it on your string! Cut the string to your desired length, and then hang it up where you plan to display the garland (over a window, above a fireplace, in an entryway…).

Then take a glue stick and glue the top part of the leaf/acorn stem.

Fold over the string and hold for a few seconds to ensure the glue is sticking (also who DOESN’T love cake and presents?!?)!

Adjust on the string to wherever you’d like that leaf to be, and enjoy putting this gratitude garland together! Happy fall! – Aryn

How to Make a Paper Pinwheel!

Paper Projects: Pinwheeeeeeels!

Supplies• Square-ish scrap of paper
– patterns are nice, but you can use whatever you’d like
• Scissors
• New (or new-ish) pencil with eraser still intact
• Pushpin

1. The goal is to have as square a piece of paper as possible.
So fold diagonally and cut off the excess to make a nice, square for your pinwheel.

2. Fold on the opposite diagonal as well to get your lines that go from corner to corner
– these will be your cut marks!

3. See?

4. Cut from each corner about halfway to the center, like so.

5. And it’s already time to assemble! Push your pin through the first corner.

I find it’s easiest to stick the pushpin through one corner at a time
(when you gather them all at once there’s always one that seems to slip out!).

When you’ve done all the corners, it should look like this!

6. The final push is through the base of the pinwheel and into the eraser of the pencil.

7. Enjoy! I think pinwheels are super relaxing to watch on a breezy summer day.
Happy paper projecting! Thanks for visiting Inspire(d)!