DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

Nov 7

by Caitlin, Marla and Manda of The Merrythought

You guys have heard me rave about the crazy talented ladies of The Merrythought before. From head to toe, I love everything about their gorgeous blog. (Remember this end of summer s’mores party they shared?) Today I’m excited to be sharing the first of four holiday posts that we’ve teamed up to bring you, just in time for plotting your Thanksgiving festivities. They’ve created a really pretty DIY leaf garland with golden leaves all decked out with notes of thanks. Isn’t that the sweetest? Without further ado, I’ll let Caitlin, Manda and Marla take it away!

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

Around here we’re trying to get some projects done for Thanksgiving so that we have enough time to actually enjoy them before another holiday flies past! This project is perfect to add a little something extra to your wall decor and it’s also a great way to reflect on all the things you’re thankful for! You can do this project with your kids, by yourself, or set out a pile of leaves at your family get together and have everyone write down something they’re thankful for and hang it on the wall afterwards!

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

Supplies –

  • Leaves
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • White Sharpie paint marker
  • Branch
  • String
  • Ribbon
  • Tacks
  • Tape

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

Begin by collecting a bunch of fallen leaves that aren’t too curled up already and press them in a book for a few days. Next up, grab your gold spray paint and carefully spray paint the end/tips of the leaves and let them dry completely.

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

Using your white paint marker, write something you’re thankful for across the leaves. If you’re doing this at a party or Thanksgiving celebration, pile the leaves up in a bowl and ask guests to take a moment to pen what they’re thankful for, too!

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

Tie strings of various lengths to a long (but not very heavy) branch. Then, cut two equal lengths of ribbon, fold them in half to make loops and nail or push pin them to the wall a little closer together than the length of the branch. Finally, slip the ends of the branch though each of the loops and then attach the leaves to the strings with a little piece of tape or a dab of hot glue or just tie the string around the stem.

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland

You could also go for a more simple display and tape the leaves to the wall with double sided tape or a fun washi tape across the stem. Let’s see what you come up with!

[Photos by The Merrythought for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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19 thoughts on “DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland”

  1. I love these, and am making my own version tomorrow! Instead of real leaves, I’m going to use my Sizzix leaf die and cut leaves out of empty soda cans. I’ll spray paint them appropriate fall colors and write on them with Galaxy pens. This way I can use them year after year AND use up part of my empty soda can stash! Thanks for the inspiration!

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