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How to Make a Blessings Wreath

We’re sharing how to make a blessings wreath or garland today!

Several years ago, I was working with a colleague at a local elementary school. We were speaking with one of the teachers in her classroom when something displayed on the wall caught my attention.

Autumn leaves in shades of oranges, golds and browns were plastered all over the wall with a quote that read, “Enjoy fall before it leaves.”

It was such a simple yet powerful quote that stayed with me for the rest of the day.

Once I got home, I pulled out my gratitude journal and realized I had let myself get so busy I had missed several weeks’ worths of entries.

While I was definitely disappointed I hadn’t made it a point to hone an attitude of gratitude and appreciation, I knew I could make a change.

Right then, I decided every November I would recommit with a blessings wreath, garland, branches, or table runner in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

A daily visual reminder of all the gifts our family had been given throughout the year.

Here’s a look at how to make a blessings wreath or garland to recapture what you’re thankful for this holiday season too…

*This post was updated in November 2021

Blessings Wreath or Garland Supplies:

  • Leaf Pattern
  • Paper (we used brown kraft paper but you could also use card stock, scrapbook paper or vintage wallpaper)
  • Pen, Pencil, or Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape (we used painters tape)
  • Bowl, Basket, Container (to hold the leaves)

Blessings Wreath or Garland Steps:

Gather your supplies.

While we originally featured this post using vintage wallpaper, my friend Rachel recently created a gorgeous leaf garland with kraft paper. The minute I saw those brown leaves I knew it would be an easy way to update our blessings wreath. You can find her post with fabulous tips on how to make your own leaf garland here.

Our blessings wreath will be made with 25 leaves (November 1-November 25/Thanksgiving Day). You could also do one leaf for each family member attending your Thanksgiving dinner or one set for each person in your household.

We used brown kraft paper for this updated version. But in the past, I’ve also used heavy cardstock, scrapbook paper, and as shared above vintage wallpaper.

I found this leaf at an antique store years ago and decided to use it as a pattern.

You could also use a leaf from your yard, a wooden leaf from the craft supply store, freehand a leaf or download a leaf pattern from the internet though.

Trace the leaf pattern with a marker, pen, or pencil

Then using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, carefully cut out each leaf.

Place the leaves, a pencil or pen, and tape in a bowl or basket near the area you want to display the blessings wreath or garland.

Every morning or each night, take one leaf out of the bowl and write a blessing from the day, something you’re grateful for, or something you appreciate onto the leaf.

Then, tape the leaf to wherever you decide to display your blessings wreath or garland.

You can place your blessings wreath on the mirror by your front door, create a garland around your favorite bookcase or hutch, add them to the wall in your breakfast bar or even add them to your table as a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

How to Create a Blessings Wreath-Adding Leaves to the Breakfast Bar-The Crowned Goat

Displaying a Blessings Wreath or Garland…

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, you’re blessings wreath or garland might look like this…

How to Create a Blessings Wreath-The Crowned Goat

or if you decide to make it part of your Thanksgiving centerpiece, it might look like this…

and if you decide to do a blessings garland instead of a wreath, it might look like this…

How to Create a Blessings Wreath or Garland Using Brown Kraft Paper-The Crowned Goat

Either way, this project is a relatively quick, easy, and meaningful way to ready your entire family for a season of gratitude and appreciation.

As always, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to come from the heart.

Let us know your favorite way to show appreciation during the holiday season! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Great idea CoCo! The tune..”slow down, you move too fast” is coming to mind. Remember that you are a blessing to us and we are thankful for your friendship, encouragement, support and love. Rock on….

    1. You ladies give me the giggles! I swear, you’re like a walking juke (sp) box and always have just the right song at the ready. Thanks so much for your kind words, I feel the same way about the two of you. Lots of hugs, CoCo

  2. I’m with you! This time of year feels so rushed trying to cram it all in. This blessing wreath is such a great idea! Going to try one for my kitchen. Have a blessed day friend!

    1. I’m so with you, Angie, the need to slow down and just enjoy each moment is what got me the most. I don’t want to rush from one season to the next. I’m so excited you’re going to give this wreath a go in your kitchen. Big hugs, Coco

      1. I love this my friend. The story you told about tge school stopped me to remember be thankful for so many gifts even with challenges.


        1. Such sweet and thoughtful words, Cindy, I really appreciate it. Thank you for sharing your gifts and keep us inspired through them all. Big hugs, CoCo



    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Gerri! The Pickers Market is a retail space comprised of over 35 different vendors. It’s located in Fernandina Beach, FL at 201 Alachua Street. I hope you find some great treasures, Coco

    1. Thank you, Kimm, we’ve had a good time with it so far. I can’t wait to get to day 26. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Coco, I love your blessings wreath and from the picture had no idea you make it with paper. IT’s fabulous and such a great idea for all members of the family to join in. xo Lisa

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I’ve been really working on my photography skills this year. It’s day 13 for me and sometimes knowing that I have to right something down is the only thing that keeps me from having total grumpy pants moments 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Ann, I really appreciate it! Hope your holiday season is a special one. Hugs, CoCo

  5. This is a great idea!! Love it!! you can do so many things with these leaves!! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by!!

    1. Thanks so much, Deb, I really appreciate it! Hope your week is a special one, CoCo

  6. Such a great way to involve the entire family!

    1. Thank you, Diana! It’s always fun to hear what everyone is thankful and it makes the month extra special too. Hope your day is filled with all good things, CoCo

  7. I just love this!!!! So simple yet so thoughtful.
    Thanks so much for sharing this:)

    1. You are so welcome, Maria! It’s super simple yet feels impactful all at the same time. Hugs for a joy-filled holiday season, CoCo

  8. Love this idea CoCo! So many things to be thankful for and writing them down is a wonderful idea!! ! I made a brown leaf garland this year for my kitchen eating area. Wish I would have seen this before I made it!! You are so creative!

    1. Thanks so much, Donna, I really appreciate it. You are so right, it really does make a huge difference and it only takes a minute or two to jot something down each day. It’s definitely a practice I want to get better at not just for the month of November but every day. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa, I really appreciate it. I hope your day is a special one, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth, I really appreciate it! Loved your post on gratitude and simple ways we can lift each other up each day too. It was such a good one and I’m honored to be included. Hope you’ve had the best week. Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  9. Cute idea that gets to the reason for the season! I’d probably use my leaf shape template in the Circuit machine, but love the details of your carefully cut leaves.

    1. Thank you, Debbee! Using a circuit machine to cut out the leaves or even buying wooden leaves at the store would be a huge help. It’s definitely worth the effort but I’m all for saving time whenever you can. Hope you’ve had a great week, CoCo

  10. Love this idea! I think I will create something like this for my guest on Thanksgiving! Have a blessed weekend CoCo!

    1. I really appreciate it, Elizabeth, thank you so much! It’s always fun hearing what people are thankful for and how they’ve been blessed over the year so I love you’re thinking about doing this for your Thanksgiving guests. It’s super easy and impactful all at the same time. Hugs, CoCo

  11. I just can’t resist and have to feature your blessings wreath this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party! Great post and project CoCo!!

    1. You are so sweet, Michelle, thank you. I felt the same way about your nut wreath with the green bow – oh my word – it was gorgeous! We’ve really enjoyed taking extra time to practice being thankful each morning at breakfast. Gratitude is such a game changer. Sending you lots of hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  12. Love the blessings wreath. Congrats on the feature – here from Turnabout Tuesdays

    1. Thank you so much, Regina, I really appreciate it! Hope your week has been a fun one so far, CoCo

  13. Such a great idea CoCo! I love how your show the different manifestations of the gratitude leaves – the table wreath, the garland – love all those ideas! At the end of each fall, you could gather the leaves together and save them from year to year. It would be so special to pull the previous year’s leaves out and read them again. Pinning!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I never thought about saving the leaves from year to year but you’re right that would be such a fun keepsake. It’s always sweet to hear what people are thankful for. Sometimes it’s the smallest gift that has the biggest impact. Sending you hugs for a happy holiday season, CoCo

  14. This is so fabulous Coco, I will be featuring you on Fabulous Friday link party this Friday 11.4

    1. That is so kind of you, Wendy, thank you so much I really appreciate it! It’s amazing how being intentional about gratitude in November seeps into the rest of the year. Sending you big hugs and thanks yous, CoCo

    1. You are so kind to feature this wreath idea, Nicolle, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Hope your week is filled with all good things, CoCo

  15. Oh my gosh! What a fabulous idea. This year for Thanksgiving – I think I will ask each guest to write down one item they are grateful for and then incorporate the leaf garland into our table decor. Also, I love your idea of using old wallpaper. We get so lost in the hustle and bustle of meeting expectations that sometimes, we forget to celebrate and recognize the reason of the Holiday.

  16. I love love love this idea and it’s something everyone can participate in. Thank you for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday. Featuring it tomorrow. Pinned!

    1. That is so sweet of you, Cindy! They are always fun to make and honestly looking for little things to be thankful each day has totally changed our lives in the best possible way. Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  17. What a wonderful idea!!! So simple yet so effective at noticing gratitude all around us!

    1. Thank you bunches, Rachel! It took me a while to get into the practice of slowing down long enough to notice what was going on around me because I’m a planner and I’m always looking for what’s next. But once I started looking for small pleasures, simple acts of kindness, and quiet moments of gratitude each day it’s been a huge game changer. Sending you hugs and hoping your week has been a happy one, CoCo

  18. Linda Johnston says:

    Thanks for this post. As our kids got older and moved out we tended to not do this every year. Not this year! We have so much to be thanksful for.

  19. I love fall so much and this gratitude idea! I think the whole family would enjoy this!

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