I think Thanksgiving is just about the only holiday of the year I didn’t yet have a countdown calendar for, so I loved working with the Thankful kit by Elise’s Pieces to make this interactive one-a-day countdown banner!
I wanted this calendar to be a “doing” one, where each day we have a little thankfulness prompt and can record what we’re thankful for as we look forward to the holiday.
To make a banner like mine, you’ll need:
- cards and envelopes–I used no. 9 (business sized) kraft envelopes with matching cards
- decorative-edged scissors
- ATC sized layerable pieces (2.5×3.5 inches). I found premade canvas and burlap ATC bases at the craft store; I also used mini bingo cards from Jenni Bowlin Studios
- papers from your favorite digi kit, printed on 4×6 rectangles
- coordinating printed digi journaling blocks and elements
- giant scallop punch or diecut shape (I used my QuicKutz Revolution)
- number stamps
- inks for distressing and stamping
- miscellaneous buttons, ribbons, trims, frames, etc.
Begin by sealing all the envelopes closed. You’ll need half as many envelopes as you want to have banner pieces; I wanted 12 days on my banner, so I used six envelopes. Once they’re sealed, use deco scissors to cut each envelope in half. This will give you two “pockets” out of each envelope, and the top of each pocket will be prettily edged! Cut all the matching cards in half as well; you’ll then have a card to tuck into each pocket. Distress all the edges of the pockets and cards with ink.
From each 4×6 rectangle of digi paper, punch or diecut a large scallop, then trim the remaining paper into a narrow rectangle (mine were 4×1.5 inches).
Also, cut out the journaling bits:
Now layer all the artsy pieces on the pocket fronts, inking the edges of anything and everything, depending how distressed you want it to be! I started with scallops on the bottom, then I alternated canvas, burlap, and bingo ATC cards, and topped each one with a number (stamped on an extra piece of kraft) and/or small elements from the Thankful kit. I used craft glue to adhere ribbons and buttons on each piece, and framed the final number with metal.
For each inner card, I used the small extra rectangle of paper to make a bottom border–each card coordinating with the scallop on the matching pocket. I used the journaling spots from the kit to add a thanksgiving prompt on each: “We are thankful for ______.” When we open each pocket on the days leading up to Thanksgiving, we’ll take a few minutes to write down specific things we’re grateful for under each category, and it will be easy in future years to add simple folded pages to turn these cards into mini books!
To display, I simply clothespinned the pockets onto a long length of twine on my mantle. I can’t wait to celebrate an entire season of thanksgiving with my family! Let the countdown begin!
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