Friday, November 6, 2015

Fall Thanksgiving Leaf Banner & Centerpiece {#TBC Craft Hop}

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

It's time for this month's TBC Crafters Craft Hop! Thanksgiving is almost here, I can smell the delicious food already!  I wanted to make some Thanksgiving decorations for today's craft because Thanksgiving usually gets skip when it comes to decorations.  It's usually all about the food which is wonderful, of course, but I wanted my kids to get in the Thanksgiving mood with these craft projects.  We decided to make our own paper leaves and used it for various decor including a banner and a table centerpiece.  

Crafts, Autumn Crafts, Craft Hop

My little girl has been fascinated with the change of colors this season and how the trees are losing their leaves and turning into these beautiful autumn colors of red, yellow and orange.  She notices all the leaves on the ground and points them out every time she sees them. It's been a great learning experience for her to understand what happens during the fall season and now she is learning about the significance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Paper Crafts, Autumn Crafts

Making paper leaves were the perfect choice for this month's craft hop.  They were simple to make and didn't require much material or craft items.  Anyone can make this whether you're crafty or not.  


Thanksgiving Paper Leaves Banner

 Crafts, Arts, Kids Crafts

What You Need:
  • Scrapbook paper that are the colors of autumn or construction paper
  • Hole Puncher
  • Scissors
  • Leaf Cookie Cutter to trace leaves
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Pencil to trace leaves
Crafts, DIY, Paper Craft
  1. Trace leaves onto the paper.  Trace on the backside of the paper so you won't see the marks/lines.
  2. Measure the length of the twine or ribbon to where you want to place the banner so you know how many leaves you need to cut.
  3. Cut out leaves.  Lay a couple sheets of paper over one another to save you time on cutting.
  4. Stack about 3 or 4 of the leaves together to punch a hole at the bottom part of the leaves.
  5. Loop them through the twine or ribbon.
  6. Tie knots at each end of the twine to prevent leaves from falling off.

Leaf Cutouts, Paper Crafts

Crafts, Autumn Crafts

Leaf Cutout, Paper Crafts

Thanksgiving Paper Leaves Centerpiece

 DIY, Crafts, Table Decor

What You Need:
  • Paper Leaves
  • Glass jar (I reused a glass jelly jar)
  • Paper grass for the filler
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Tape
Thanksgiving Centerpiece, Autumn Crafts

Leaf Cookie Cutter, Autumn Crafts

  1. Place one paper leaf facing down and glue or tape the popsicle stick at the end of the leaf.
  2. Stick two other leaves slightly diagonal on each side behind the middle leaf to look like mini trees.
  3. Put the paper grass inside jar and arrange the little leaf trees how you like.
Crafts, Autumn Centerpiece

Paper Crafts, Crafts, Kids Crafts
Add some pumpkins and other leaves to surround the jar.  My daughter likes calling it her mini trees and I love how colorful it makes our table decor. 

Table Decor, Kids' Crafts

What kind of crafts have you been working on for this season or Thanksgiving?  Share and let me know in the comments!

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