Hands On: Gratitude Garland

Olivera Bratich
Families can add to the garland daily, watching it grow throughout the month.

November is the season for giving thanks, and every day is an opportunity to express gratitude. The Gratitude Garland is an exercise in pattern-making and in the practice of feeling grateful.

Families can add to the garland daily, with each member adding a flag in the morning or evening and watching it grow throughout the month. Most parents are managing hectic schedules, and this hands-on activity encourages a brief pause to focus on creativity and being thankful.


  • Colored construction paper
  • Piece of thin cardboard (i.e. a cereal box)
  • String
  • Hole punch
  • Markers or crayons


  1. Create a triangle template from the cardboard.
  2. Trace the triangle onto colored paper enough times so that every member of the family has a flag for each day in November.
  3. Punch a hole in both corners on the short side of each triangle.
  4. Brainstorm a list of patterns: polka dots, stripes, squiggles, etc.
  5. Gather the family together. Each person will choose a flag and draw a pattern on the front, and then on the back list one thing for which they are grateful.
  6. Cut a 10-foot-long piece of string.
  7. Weave the string through the flag holes.
  8. Hang up the garland, leaving the excess string on one end.
  9. Each morning or evening, gather for a moment and repeat steps 5 and 7. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, your family will have decorated your home with a creative expression of collective gratitude.


OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go towhollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.