It is officially November which means it is 100% acceptable to start talking about Thanksgiving (Christmas is next month people). Out with the Halloween decor and in with giving thanks! Temperatures are cooling, and kids are spending less time outside and more time indoors, which inevitably means chaos. The perfect way to spend time inside with them is by keeping them busy. My favorite pastime when I was little was crafting, so I created an easy to follow DIY Thanksgiving canvas that even the little ones can help make. Not only is it a cute time killer, but also a memory maker to pull out every year. Grab the kids, head to Hobby Lobby and purchase a few basic supplies. You’ll need: a premade canvas banner, 3 paint colors, fabric marker & paintbrushes.
Step 1: Gather various leaves from the yard or pluck them fresh off the tree. These will be your ‘stamps’ so pick leaves in good condition with identifiable shapes. My leaves are limited… our apartment complex is bushes, pines and palms (yay SW Florida).
Step 2: Lay out your supplies and plan out your canvas. Lay your leaves out on your canvas to see what you like best before starting. Cluster them on the sides, or top and bottom or spread them out across the entire banner.
Step 3: Choose a leaf and a paint color. Using the paint brush, paint the leaf on the top side. Make sure to apply paint heavily to ensure the imprint shows up. Then take your leaf and carefully place it on your canvas, paint side down. Gently press with your fingertips across the entire leaf. Carefully peel the leaf off by the tip. Keep applying leaves until your canvas looks awesome.
Step 5: Using your paint marker write on your canvas. Drawing a blank? Here are some not so clever, yet direct ideas.
- Give Thanks
Hang in your entryway, or on a wall for a display of kid creations. Remember it’s okay if this doesn’t turn out flawlessly. It’s not supposed to be perfect, it’s supposed to be a fun memory♥
Thanks for reading this DIY post! Did you give this a try? Let me know in the comments how it turned out, or find me on Facebook at Being Mrs. McIntosh to send a message.
Peace and Blessings,