Make clay gratitude leaves with kids for thankful trees and gratitude crafts.
Making marbled clay gratitude leaves is a fun Thanksgiving craft that kids and adults can enjoy making together. Transforming marbled clay fall leaves into gratitude leaf ornaments for your thankful tree, wreath, garland, or gratitude mobile is an easy way to create an attitude of gratitude in the home or classroom for Thanksgiving. You may also like this list of Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities and Crafts.
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Marbled Clay Leaves Gratitude Craft for Thanksgiving
When my daughter and I made marbled clay handprint jewelry dishes, we thought making clay gratitude leaves using the same process would be a fun new way to decorate our thankful tree.
As it turns out, marbled clay gratitude leaves are great for decorating thankful trees and gratitude mobiles. The autumn colors look gorgeous when marbled together and make beautiful leaf ornaments hanging from bare branches. Marbled clay gratitude leaves would also look great hanging from gratitude wreaths and garlands.
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Clay Gratitude Leaves Materials
- Polymer clay
- Rolling pin or acrylic clay roller
- Precision glass cutting mat
- Leaf cookie cutters; or try THESE
- Alphabet stamps; or write words of thankfulness onto baked gratitude leaf ornaments with a paint pen.
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How to Make Clay Gratitude Leaf Ornaments for Your Thankful Tree
One easy way to teach children about thankfulness is to make gratitude leaf ornaments for your thankful tree, wreath, garland, or gratitude mobile.
You can make gorgeous marbled clay autumn leaves with or without words of gratitude on them. Click HERE for the full tutorial, then return to this page for details on stamping words of gratitude onto your clay leaves. Don’t worry; there is a link to get back to this post in the directions. 😉
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Stamp or Write Words of Gratitude on Leaf Ornaments
Before you bake your marbled clay autumn leaves, use alphabet stamps to write words of gratitude on them. Or, bake marbled clay fall leaves, and use a paint pen to write words of thankfulness onto the clay leaves when they are cool enough or no longer warm to the touch.
Writing on the leaves makes it possible to create a thankful tree with clay gratitude leaves as a Thanksgiving advent or an interactive Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Learn more about thankful trees and their uses in Thankful Tree Tradition Ideas for Thanksgiving.
Helping Kids Make Gratitude Leaf Ornaments
Teaching children to be grateful for what they have opens the space for abundance to flow into their lives and can create an attitude of gratitude in the home or classroom.
First, teach children about thankfulness with gratitude activities and crafts, such as our gratitude journal prompts, thankful turkey printable, or this fun gratitude coloring page.
Next, please encourage them to use their own words of gratitude to stamp or write on the marbled clay fall leaves.
If your children are not reading and writing yet, ask them what they feel most thankful for, and then help them stamp or write what they say onto the leaf ornaments.
Although my daughter cannot write, she wanted to stamp some of the clay leaves herself. She made a lot of leaves with smiling faces to represent happiness. I showed her how to use the colon and parenthesis that came with our alphabet stamps to make them, and away she went!
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DIY Clay Gratitude Leaf Ornaments
Use marbled clay gratitude leaves as ornaments to decorate a thankful tree, wreath, or garland. Don’t forget to look at the thankful tree we made with gratitude leaves.
You may also like THIS Thankful Tree that my daughter and I made with real preserved autumn leaves.
Don’t forget to look at 20 Thanksgiving traditions for more fun things to do on Thanksgiving! You may also enjoy this Fall Bucket List of Fun Fall Activities.
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