Several years ago, we hosted Thanksgiving, and I had each family member write down on a piece of cardstock, cut into the shape of a fall leaf, what they were thankful for. In the midst of cleaning up after the meal, those messages were packed away, but I just recently discovered them again. And, how wonderful to have those notes of gratitude! Sadly a few of those family members are no longer with us, but it is such a gift to have a small note and an understanding of what they valued and appreciated in their lives.
Realizing how special those messages are, I’ve decided to bring back that idea again this year, and to actually make it an annual Thanksgiving tradition. But, to keep the notes organized, and create a nice display that we can look at each year, I’ve made a wreath of Thanksgiving tags-the perfect size to write a message of gratitude. Each year, I will create more tags to add to the wreath.
To make these unique, vintage-looking tags, I used the Give Thanks Vintage Kit pictured below. This kit is packed with tags, ephemera, vintage ribbons, vintage crepe, buttons and stickers.
For the wreath, I simply used a wired wreath form from the craft store and attached the tags to the wreath with clips. For this tag, I covered a scrap piece of teal cardstock with the vintage ledger paper, and fashioned a rosette out of the crepe. The rosette frames this sweet squirrel vintage sticker image nicely. Caribbean bakers twine is a great accent!
This vintage mini envelope is embellished with a crepe ruffle and the ever popular stickles. The border at the bottom of the envelope, was made by pressing Linen Tinted Tape onto vintage book paper, and gently peeling it back up, lifting the book paper onto the tape. Bakers twine and a vintage button top off the tag that fits nicely in the envelope.
This pocket tag is perfect for mini messages. Strips of cardstock topped with a mini vintage sticker nestle in the tag’s pocket which was made from a scrap of ephemera and Aged Tinted Tape.
To “weather” this scrap of teal cardstock, I brushed a bit of ivory acrylic paint across the top with a dry brush. When dry, I stamped a bit of a flourish across the top with brown ink.
More uses of ephemera and vintage buttons. A button card die cut from Dimestore Vogue also makes a great, simple tag for notes. The mother from Family Fun beckons to the season of gathering with family and friends.
So this year, try a new tradition-express your gratitude and create a wreath of memories and thanksgiving.
Enjoy this very special season!