Wednesday, November 19, 2014

a {chalkboard} thankful tree

Maybe it's because visual reminders of our blessings make me happy.

Maybe it's because my dream job is to run a preschool...without the teaching and dealing with toddler part.

Or maybe it's just withdrawals, as it's now holiday time and there's no store to decorate.

Whatever the case, 'tis the season.


 It truly doesn't get much easier than this.

Gather up some fall leaf colored construction paper.

If you live in Texas you'll have to choose those colors from memory, as the trees here STILL HAVEN'T CHANGED.


We did a "leaf template" image search, picked out a shape we liked, then put the piece of paper directly over the laptop screen and traced the image to make the pattern. One must eliminate walking 30 feet to connect the printer - crafting will not tolerate such interruptions.

Trace that pattern piece a bunch o' times on your colored paper.


Stacking several sheets of paper on top of each other to cut all at once will make this go way faster. So will having a smaller family, thereby needing less leaves.
If you have some sort of electronic cutting device, here is where you can get all show off-y and make it go really quick.



Since everything up to this point was so simple, we had to add a bit of flair. I folded the leaves in half to give them a spine, and then curled the edges with scissors (sorta like you would curling ribbon) because I'm a foodie and like my leaves to have a little flavor.
















Happy Thanksgiving.

11 comments:

  1. I love this! It's in a great spot too, where you'll see it every day, but it's not in your face.I also really love the picture frames going up the stairs.
    There probably won't be any decorating for us this year... we're going to France for xmas. But I reckon I might pull out the advent calendar I made last year...an excuse for chocolate (or what ever random little things I put in there) can't be ignored.
    Meanwhile I'll live vicariously through you (as usual) and will applaud your decorating from Oz :)
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Living vicariously through ME? You're the one going to FRANCE!! I'd trade in a lifetime of holiday decorating for a chance to see the world...sigh...

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    2. That just tells you what kind of crafting nerd I really am! While I'm there on a mission to find cool stuff to play with :)

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  2. Did you paint over the stenciling? Wasn't there stenciling there? It looks SO awesome!

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    1. Years ago! That tells you how current my house photos are. Thanks for the love!

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  3. hahaha! Did you not tell him they were the Lord's chips? I love that movie so much.

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    1. A proud mama moment to be sure. I'm not a perfect parent by any stretch of the imagination, but at least they can say that they were exposed to the classics, right??

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  4. So, no tips about using chalkboard paint? some pinterest lady spooked me.

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    1. What? How can you be scared of paint?? Unless it was about making your own, which I have no interest in doing/trying/wasting my time on. I've used the straight off the shelf kind forever and have never had any problems. That wall has been like that for a year and a half, and the garage door has been like that for 6 years and it's held up beautifully: http://www.olderandwisor.com/2009/01/what-to-do-when-your-garage-door-is.html

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    2. Good to hear. She was probably just some sicko. By the way, i owned a preschool for four years. It was beyond horrible. Crazy parents, broken pipes etc. now, i'm off to paint a wall!

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  5. What a great idea! I love the chalkboard wall. I so wish they had had this paint when my kids were young! I love the mix of things everyone is thankful for!

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