At our house at dinner time….when we sit down to sweet tea and frozen pizza….
….we have a tradition.
It’s called high/low.
We go around the table and tell the high of the day and then a low of the day. It’s usually more highs than lows…..told with lots of hand-waving and excited voices describing the ups and downs of school and the stories of all the drama that goes on in fifth grade.
Lows disguised as comments about a sibling are not allowed.
Detailed descriptions of the lunch menu are welcomed.
It’s a melee.
All set to a low-pitched roar.
And at the center of it all….when the noise and hustle and bustle and laughter swirls around the dinner table….
….sometimes I catch my husband’s twinkling eye.
And we share a look.
A look that counts our blessings.
Each and every one.
Blessings that the highs are so much more than the lows….that there are stories to make us laugh…..that salisbury steak comes with green beans, mashed potatoes and a roll….that the playground is covered in new mulch.
….and that Betsy Ross and Jackie Kennedy got an A on their speeches.
To help us all count our blessings….I made a wreath.
I asked everyone what they were thankful for and framed the quotes and added some pictures….
And hung the wreath in the kitchen.
It the perfect decoration….
….for when the circus comes to town.
Be Thankful Wreath
old grapevine wreath from the goodwill pile
Step 1: Assemble supplies and remove the easels from the frames.
I found these frames at Michaels in the $1.00 aisle.
These frames had a hinge on the back.
I twisted the easel part of the frame until it was loose and then removed the easel part of the frame like shown.
After removing the easel part of the picture frame, the hinge should remain attached to the frame.
This allows the frames to lay flat on the wreath.
Discard hinges (unless you are planning on starting a highly sought after hinge collection).
Step 2: Print out the photographs you want to use with the wreath.
I printed out black and white pictures from my computer onto basic photo paper.
I printed out wallet size photographs and it was almost the perfect size for the 2″x3″ frames.
I then typed out the quotes in different fonts for each word and printed them out on copy paper.
Step 3: Add pictures to frame.
Make sure you have a variety of the 2″ x 3″ frames and you have a selection of horizontal and vertical photographs.
Continue until all frames have been filled.
Step 4: Add a ribbon to the back of the picture frames.
Cut a length of ribbon and thread through the back of the frame opening.
Step 5: Tie ribbon with picture frame onto wreath.
Take the ribbon and wrap it around a branch of the grapevine wreath.
Tie in a knot and secure tightly so the frame lays flat against the wreath.
Trim excess ribbon.
Step 7: Continue adding picture frames to the wreath.
Add the picture frames to the wreath, alternating frame styles and horizontal and vertical pictures.
Picture frames should overlap and be spaced closely together.
Continue until you have filled the entire wreath.
It took me approximately 17 picture frames to complete the wreath.
The wreath is such a fun project to create as a family and a wonderful way to count your blessings…..
…..especially this one.
Here’s another fun option I created with silhouettes and silver picture frames.
You can see the complete tutorial over at Infarrantly Creative today!
And now for a little more trash to treasure inspiration from
some of these talented blogging friends!