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
- 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.
Displaying a Blessings Wreath or Garland…
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, you’re blessings wreath or garland might look like this…
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…
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.