Give Thanks Banner- A DIY Bunting for Thanksgiving

Here is a Thanksgiving craft from my past- a Thanksgiving banner that I made when I was a young.

Isn’t it cute? It has held up exceptionally well in my mom’s attic! I asked her to share her secret for storing this Thanksgiving banner craft. She said she carefully folds is back and forth, then puts it inside a sealed freezer bag. That’s it!

The basic idea is that you spell out “Give Thanks” using things found in nature.

Supplies Needed:

  • A Collection of things found in nature
  • Assorted colors of card stock or paper (we also used paper bags)
  • Twine
  • White glue

Walking around outside and collecting things for this project is a big part of the fun. Depending on what you find, you can fill in with some cheaters from inside as well.

Fold your paper to the desired shape and size. You’ll need one piece for each letter. Glue on the assortment of objects you’ve collected in the shape of the letters you need. Allow to dry. Fold the top of the paper over, and glue over your piece of  twine.

Here’s what we used:

G- Glue in the shape of “G” sprinkled with Oregano.

I- Cinnamon stick dotted with tiny pine cone (acorn would also be cute)

V- 2 pieces of wheat-looking grass

E- tiny little twigs tied together (pine needles would also be adorable)


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T-Turkey feathers (my dad is a hunter so we had them on hand, but packaged feathers would also work)

H- Pieces of potpourri- lol! I think they are some kind of dried flower petal.

A- Cinnamon sticks

N- Dried grass

K- Corn Husks

S- Glue in shape of “S” sprinkled with paprika

You can also use larger sticks, dried beans, small rocks, leaves, nuts, or anything else you find outside, in your potpourri bowl, in the spice cabinet, or in the Fall section of your craft store. 😉

Whenever I see the banner hanging, I can’t help but sing Psalm 136 in my head: “Give  thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love is everlasting”.

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  1. Wow, you were already clever and crafty as a kid!

  2. Such a nice Thanksgiving banner that sweetly includes so many of the beautiful aspects of autumn. Lovely!

  3. We made this yesterday (Tuesday of Tgiving week) & it very nicely sets off the fireplace, making it the definitive focal point of the room. We made a handprint turkey for the “a” of “Thanks”, incorporating one of your other posts. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea 🙂