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Simple Thanksgiving Garland

Up here in Canada, we've already celebrated Thanksgiving.  And it was my turn this year to host the turkey day feast.  I wanted some way to get people thinking and talking about what they were thankful for without it being anything too time consuming or cheesy.  I also wanted to incorporate my children in the project.

I found this free printable and used it to make a paper chain.

My kids and husband and I started the chain by filling out enough of the paper slips to stretch from one side of the mantel to the other. 

Then I set out extra strips,some pens and tape, and asked our families to add what they were thankful for.

At the end of the party we had a simple and meaningful thanksgiving garland!

Thanks for stopping by The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.


  1. I like this idea - simple and meaningful.

  2. You could also build a tree trunk and branches (even out of burlap!) with your kiddos and then cut out some leaf templates with some colored paper. All the kids and guests in and out of our house are invited to put a leaf on our tree to be reviewed during the month of
    December as we take our Thanksgiving down and put our Christmas up. :) I love these ideas!

  3. Love this idea. How did you get the ribbon to stay on your mantel? Thanks!

  4. Such a wonderful and simple idea! Thanks so much for sharing!! I'm linking up at

  5. I'd like to start the "31 days to an organized home," but I don't see an easy way to find the days in order on your blog. Can you help me with that? Thanks so much!

  6. Hi Cat!
    Day one has all the posts listed in order at the bottom:


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