Our family started a tradition a few years ago to sit down during our weekly family nights in November and write down some of the things we're grateful for. Last year I announced to my two little girls that I was grateful to have a baby in my belly. I will never forget the looks on their faces!
In the past, we would simply write our ideas down on leaves and put them on our kitchen wall. Well, this year I decided to "kick it up a notch," as Emeril would say. I took branches from outside, placed them into floral foam in a pot, and covered the foam with beans. Then I bought some tags from Wally World and started our tree.
We can't wait to fill it up - we have so much to be thankful for! It’s always fun to hear what my kids think up. Sometimes it’s “yummy food” or “fun toys.” But my five-year-old daughter came up with my favorite tag so far this year:
The tree looked a little lonely sitting there, so I thought I'd make a sign to go with it.
So, what’s my favorite part of this project? If you’re like me, you have boxes and boxes of holiday decorations. Those bulky items are a pain to haul around and cumbersome to store. Just imagine the small amount of space it will take to store this baby! I love it!
So, here’s how to make the sign. You’ll need:
Ribbon (two pieces - at least 40” each)
Adhesive (I used Mod Podge – you can use whatever you prefer)
Letters (I used vinyl letters – again, use whatever you prefer)
*Optional - One Office Tag (measures 2-5/8” wide x 5-1/4” tall)
I started with an office tag for a template and cut out 9 chipboard tags.
I found some paper I loved at Hobby Lobby called “Della Fantasia” by The Paper Studio. It’s classy and yet, has just enough personality to make sure the sign wasn’t boring. It’s tricky to find that balance, know what I mean?
Now you have to decide how particular you are about crafts. This project could be done the easy way or the hard way. The difference? Showing off your backside.
This way takes WAY less time, but you can see the ribbon & glue from behind.
This way is a little more difficult, but looks gorgeous any way you look at it.
Basically, are you a Martha? Martha Stewart would never, ever show off her backside (thank goodness). If you are a Martha, skip this next step and move on to lining up the tags. If you don’t mind showing your rear off, simply glue scrapbook paper to the tag. As you can see, it still looks great from the front & side.
Next, line up the tags as straight as possible. I separated the tags by about 1/4” so that they would fold up nicely. Glue one piece of ribbon to the top of the tags and one to the bottom (about 2-1/2” apart). A word of caution: Don’t skimp and do just one ribbon! It needs two ribbons to keep it from falling over. I learned the hard way on that one. ;)
If you chose the easy way – you’re almost finished! Just add your letters. I told you it was simple! If you’re a little more particular, like me, let’s keep going. Take your scrapbook paper and cut some 2-5/8” x 12” strips. Match up one side of your strip to the bottom of your tag and fold it over. Repeat for each tag.
Now glue start gluing. I started with the smallest portion on the bottom of the backside.
When you glue the front, make sure to smooth out any bubbles or ripples.
At this point, you’ll want to mark where the hole is for the tag. In the end, you’ll punch through the scrapbook paper and you’ll want to easily find where the hole is.
Glue the back down and finish the top edge by folding over the corners towards the back (almost like wrapping a present). When you’re done wrapping the corners, punch holes in your tags.
The final step is to add your letters. I used vinyl letters because they’re easy to use and I love the shine they give.
Time to enjoy your finished project! What was I grateful for the day I took this picture? It was 70+ degrees in the middle of November in St. Louis, Missouri and I did the entire project on my back deck in the SUN! Some of you lucky Californians may not realize what a small miracle that was!
Thank you so much to Kate at Centsational Girl for spotlighting my simple idea. I hope to see some of you on my side of the blogging world more often. Happy Thanksgiving!