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Hand off some of the Thanksgiving day prep to your kiddos with this simple, DIY paper leaf Thanksgiving runner. With just a few basic craft supplies, an attitude of gratitude, and a little patience, you can use this project to entertain little ones itching to help mom on turkey day.
Step One: Trace the outline of leaves (about 4 inches long) onto the pads of colorful paper. Use different shapes to add dimension.
Step Two: Cut out the leaves. Depending on how long and full you want the table runner, you can increase or decrease how many leaves you cut out. (I used 20-25 pieces of 12×12 paper.) To shorten the amount of time spent cutting, stack the papers together while you snip.
Tip! This can be a therapeutic activity to do with your kids. Research shows that cutting with scissors helps children strengthen hand muscles, increase hand eye coordination, and build fine motor skills.
Step Three: To personalize the table runner, have everyone write notes of gratitude on the leaves. These notes can create meaningful conversation starters around the Thanksgiving table.
Step Four: Cut your kraft paper to your desired length and width. This depends on the size of the table you’re placing your paper leaf Thanksgiving table runner on. I made mine about 12 inches wide and 36 inches long.
Step Five: Bend the paper leaves in half and place the glue dots on the back of each leaf.
Step Six: Begin arranging the leaves on the kraft paper and press into place. I arranged the leaves as if they were “fanning” off of the paper with the leaves building off of each other and all going in similar directions.