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Paper Leaves of Thanks

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The meaning of Thanksgiving can get lost in the whirlwind of holiday preparations. These paper leaves provide a fun way to acknowledge the things you're grateful for. To make them, fold card stock and cut out leaf shapes freehand, finishing edges with scallop scissors.

Two Ways to Use Them 
Ask family and friends to write their name and one thing they appreciate on a leaf. Then read the sentiments aloud during dinner. Or keep the notes anonymous and have everyone try to guess who wrote each message.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2009



Reviews (2)

  • SSNG 26 Nov, 2011

    Loved the idea and so did the family. We put ours in a leaf shaped plate, passed the plate around during dinner, and everyone pulled one out and read it out loud and we had to guess who wrote what. It was a really nice tradition to add to Thanksgiving festivities. I used "Fallish" colored leaves and pens. I kept the leaves and will make a scrapbook page using them and pictures. Wish you had included leaf templates to make it easier.

  • hungry 26 Nov, 2014

    We did the same thing, SNSNSG, but my kids are lil A*HOLES so they wrote stuff like, "Dad is dead" and "Can smell ma's gash from here". My stuffy sister Jeanna was there with her judgement, praying all over my kids and making everyone feel a little less than if you know what I mean. Looks like I'm going back to CiCi's next year with a bag of quarters and a quart of my special medicine. Happy Holidays!