A few weeks ago, I was working with a colleague and friend at a local elementary school. You may have noticed by now, I have lots of different jobs. We were in a classroom speaking with a teacher and some thing she had displayed on the wall really caught my attention. Autumn leaves in shades of oranges, golds and browns were plastered all over the wall with these words, “Enjoy fall before it leaves.”
Wow, right? That totally hit me in the gut. I know you guys are busy too. You’re trying to juggle everyone’s schedule, driving the mom taxi, doing laundry after everyone’s gone to bed and you just.need.five.minutes. of peace and quite. So you sit down with your five minutes and get on Instagram or Pinterest and realize that everyone is already getting ready for Christmas and at the time you haven’t even bought your Halloween candy yet much less put together a shopping list for Thanksgiving. I’m right there with you, the expectations to have it all perfectly together does seem a little much this time of year.
After finishing my work in the classroom, I came home and looked at my gratitude journal. Yikes – I’m going to be honest here, it’s missing a few weeks worth of entries. I used to do it every morning and it fell to the wayside for a hot minute like my workout routine. But I really want to get back on track so I decided to make an easy blessings wreath. I’m placing it right near the front door so every time I walk in and out of the house, I’ll be reminded to slow down, take a breath and enjoy the awesome things that are happening right now. This wreath is so simple to make it almost doesn’t need directions. Here’s how it all came together…
I’m making this wreath with 26 leaves (November 1-November 26/Thanksgiving Day) but you could make it as long as you like. I used bits of vintage wallpaper, I already had on hand but you could also use card stock or scrapbook papers as well. You’ll need one set of leaves for each participant.
Next you’ll need to free hand a leaf, find a free leaf pattern online or use an inexpensive wooden leaf as your pattern like I used.
Trace the leaf pattern with a pencil
and carefully use scissors to cut out the leaf. Scissors are sharp so use caution.
Place the leaves, a pencil or pen and scotch tape in a bowl near the area you want to create the wreath.
I’m placing my wreath on the mirror by the front door. Each day I’ll take one leaf out of the bowl and write one blessing from the day.
Then, I’ll tape the leaf to the mirror. This is what my wreath looked like on day 3.
Here’s how it will look on day 26. I decided to do a square wreath pattern but you could just as easily do a round one too. The more participants you have the fuller your wreath will be.
Creating a blessings wreath is something the entire family can do together. It doesn’t have to be perfect or expensive or time consuming – it just has to come from the heart.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll be sharing my Thanksgiving Inspired Tablescape in the dining room.