A Thankful Banner

November 12, 2009

This is the time of year where I can’t help but feel thankful.  Thankful for health, happiness, harmony, bounty, and beauty, good friends and a loving family.  I’ve always loved banners, especially ones created for birthdays or holidays.  Yesterday, I gathered some simple craft supplies, and created my own banner to make a seasonal statement.

thankful banner on mantle

I also added a few other seasonal touches to the living room to set the mood for Thanksgiving. 

This Thankful Banner is incredibly quick and easy to make, and a great rainy day afternoon activity to make with your kids or grandkids.

across mantle 

Thankful Banner Supplies:

    • 4 pieces of 12 x 12 decorative scrapbook paper in varying patterns; 4 pieces of 12 x 12 brown (or orange) scrapbook paper; Tall chipboard letters (available at Michaels); craft glue; colored glitter; thin ribbon; hole punch; gathered leaves from outdoors; scalloped edge scissors (optional)

Spread glue on top of chipboard letters, then dip letters in colored glitter and allow to dry. 

glue and glitter

Next, cut your scrapbook papers in a shape just large enough to accommodate your chipboard letters.  I used a brown background and a patterned piece on top, cut with scalloped scissors.   Glue letters to individual pieces, and then attach with ribbon through a hole punched in the corners.

tie together 

Add a leaf to each ribbon as you connect the letters, then tie with a bow. 

more leaves in between

Display on your mantle or across a window.

thankful tall banner on mantle

I’m pretending these two little golden birds are holding it up for me. 

little birdie

little birdie 3

I never get tired of fall leaves – and I’ll use any excuse to decorate with them.

leaves in between

 thankful banner on mantle

 

I like to temper the warm tones of golds and oranges with a cool color like teal blue.  Across the room, I added some turquoise to my thrift store sideboard display.

blue gold and orange sideboard

I’ve never been one to decorate with cornucopias before, but I was inspired this season to do so with some golden glittery fruits and pinecones. 

golden cornucopia

golden fruit

I am thankful that someone donated this turquoise and gold compote to a thrift store so I could bring it home for $5 dollars.

blue thrift store compote

One of my favorite things about welcoming winter is the abundance of citrus.  These oranges and mandarins just pop in the blue compote I found at Marshalls.

oranges and mandarins

Yummy.

bowl of mandarins and oranges

 

How about you. What are you thankful for this season ?

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