A Wall of Thankful Leaves

It’s time to change up our Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving tradition. For the past two years we’ve had a thankful tree, but this year I wanted to do something different.

Countdown to Thanksgiving by recording blessings on crafed leaves.

We made these newspaper leaves for a wall display and everyday in November we will choose one and write down what we are thankful for. So, by Thanksgiving we should have a whole wall of blessings.

New Kid helped me slap some autumnal colors on newspaper.

I would have also used yellow, but we were out. Very oddly, the red paint in the bottle had turned pink. Cheap paint, I guess.

I cut them in to what I hope are leaf-like shapes and attached them with painter’s tape. I’m sure someone more artful than I could create a beautiful display, but I rather like their ruggedness. Since I haven’t yet rehung our artwork after repainting the living room, the empty wall was happy to be decorated.

In case you are interested, I got the idea of painting newspaper from the window display of a local wine shop. Somebody working there must be an artist because there is always some crazy fantastical display in the window. This month the display was rather tame: a bicycle going on a picnic in a whirlwind of colored newspaper leaves. I loved the effect of the paint on newspaper and wanted to figure out a purposeful way of doing that at home. Voilà

Extra Credit Reading (in addition to Multicultural Thanksgiving picture books) :

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  1. says

    The newspaper gives such a nice texture (not sure that's what I should be calling it, but can't think of a better word) to the leaves. We need to start a thankful wall, too.

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