Harvesting Gratitude: Creating a Leafy Thankfulness Garland

Nature, with its ever-changing seasons, offers a profound opportunity to connect with gratitude. In the vibrant tapestry of autumn, when leaves turn from shades of green to brilliant hues of red, orange, and gold before gracefully falling to the ground, we find a powerful symbol of change and renewal. Each fallen leaf carries with it the essence of a season past and the promise of a new beginning.

Creating a garland of fallen leaves with messages of gratitude is a beautiful and meaningful project. You can use leaves from your backyard or a nearby park to make this garland. Here's a step-by-step guide:

In the following steps, we will guide you through the process of collecting fallen leaves, writing messages of gratitude, and stringing them together to create a Garland of Fallen Leaves. This garland can be displayed in your home or garden, serving as a daily reminder of the beauty of gratitude and the richness of your life.

Materials you will need

  • Fallen leaves (various shapes and sizes)
  • String or twine
  • Marker or pen
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Scissors


  1. Collect Fallen Leaves: Go for a nature walk and collect a variety of fallen leaves. Choose leaves that are relatively dry and not too brittle.
  2. Clean the Leaves: Gently wipe the leaves with a dry cloth to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. Write Messages: Use a marker or pen to write messages of gratitude on the leaves. You can write things you're grateful for, such as "family," "friends," "health," "nature," "love," or specific people's names or experiences. Be creative and heartfelt in your messages.
  4. Optional Hole Punch: If you want to string the leaves together, use a hole punch to make a hole near the stem of each leaf. This will allow you to thread the string through the leaves.
  5. Thread the Leaves: Cut a piece of string or twine to your desired length for the garland. Thread the string through the holes you punched or, if you skipped that step, simply lay the leaves out in the order you want them on the string.
  6. Arrange the Leaves: Arrange the leaves on the string in a pleasing order, making sure the messages are visible. You can space them evenly or vary the distances between them for a more organic look.
  7. Tie Knots: Once all the leaves are on the string, tie a knot at each end of the string to secure the garland.
  8. Hang Your Gratitude Garland: Find a special place to hang your garland. It could be indoors as a decorative piece or outside in your garden or on a porch.
  9. Reflect and Enjoy: Take a moment each day to read the messages on your gratitude garland. Let it serve as a reminder of the things you're thankful for and a source of positivity.

This project not only allows you to express gratitude but also brings a touch of nature and creativity into your space. It's a wonderful way to celebrate the things that bring joy and meaning to your life.