Thanksgiving Bouquet of Thank You Cards
By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 4 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
Express everything you are thankful for this Thanksgiving season. This simple project makes a wonderful centerpiece and Thanksgiving activity for your guests. Just before Thanksgiving dinner, have everyone choose a card from the bouquet and take turns reading them out loud.
What you'll need:
- Construction paper (yellow, red, brown, green, and orange)
- Black Sharpie marker
- Dowels and/or craft sticks
- White craft glue
- Basket of your choice (woven baskets work well)
- Floral foam
- Spanish or American moss
- Wide decorative ribbon
- Leaf pattern - See printable PDF of leaves (Requires Acrobat)
How to make it:
- Cut out leaves from pattern sheet or make your own.
- Fold construction paper in half evenly.
- Lay leaf pattern so that the end of the leaf rests on the crease.
- Trace around the leaf pattern and cut it out, you should end up with leaf-shaped cards.
- Write the name of each of your guests on the front of the leaves.
- After your guests have written what they are thankful for inside the card, glue a dowel or craft stick to the back of it and let it dry.
- Tie a piece of decorative ribbon around the rim of a basket.
- Place a chunk of floral foam inside the basket and cover with moss.
- As the sticks dry, insert them through the moss and into the floral foam.
- Our pattern has three different leaves to accommodate different age groups. There is a simple oval-shaped leaf for small children, an intricate leaf for older kids, and one that falls in between the two. Choose patterns based on your child's age and comfort level.
- Parents can prepare the basket ahead of time in a matter of minutes. This will allow the children to concentrate on cutting and gluing.
- You may want to hot glue the floral foam inside the bottom of the basket to keep it from moving around as people begin "plucking" the bouquet. You can also hot glue the moss onto the foam if you like.