I love decorating for Halloween, but I also really love taking it down and that empty clean feeling the house has after it’s all packed up and put away. I think for that reason I have rarely decorated for Thanksgiving, because even though I love Thanksgiving and the holiday months I like the break between all the Halloween decorations and all the Christmas decorations. But this year I really wanted to do something to remind me and all my guys of what is really important about Thanksgiving and that is gratitude.
So I used my handy dandy Silhouette to craft up a laurel wreath and the words “Give Thanks” to go up on my Mantel.
Step 1. Cut the words Give and Thanks. I used the font Trend Slab for give. and Carolyna Pro for Thanks.
Step 2. Cut feathers for the wreath. I looked all over for leaves the right shape for a laurel wreath and I couldn’t find what I wanted until I came across Sarah Hearts blog. She had cut files of feathers that worked perfectly. You can find them here. Her blog is great. I cut the feathers from multiple patterned craft papers.
Step 3. Cut a wreath shape out of cardboard, as you can see I just used an old box.
Step 4. Add the feathers. starting at the top and working your way to the bottom.
Step 5. Add a ribbon to hide where the feathers meet in the center.
Step 6. Hang it in a frame or on your door or wherever you would like!
I punched holes in the word “give” and strung it on some gold twine and taped it to the back of a frame. Then I added the word “thanks” to the wreath and hung it from the back of the frame as well.
For the mantel itself I wanted a natural feel, so I used a few of the bare branches I had on my mantel at Halloween and added some Cedar branches for a fresh feeling. A stack of books, a few shed antlers and candle round it out. The large frame is from my Mom from Wimberly Market Days. I love it because it reminds me of her.
I love it because I think it feels classic and clean as well as natural and warm. I hope this gives you a little Thanksgiving inspiration for your own home!