Last year I saw THIS POST on Tatertots and Jello and was completely inspired! I loved the look of the garland on the mantel and the thoughts behind it so I set out to make my own :)
I already had a cranberry garland so I spread that out on my mantel first.
Then I took some fall picks I found at the dollar store and slide them in to place on the garland.
I planned on using the cranberry vine for Christmas so I didn't want anything glued on, so I just slid each piece in carefully and secured it by wrapping the vines around it if needed.
I also added a few fall like flowers I had on hand.
Then I had my 9 & 6 year old helpers cute out some leaf shapes from scrapbook paper. On the backs we wrote out things we were most thankful for. Then using paperclips, I secured the paper leaves, as well as some fabric leaves, to the garland in a few places.
I took a pumpkin patterned ribbon and wove it around the vine.
Then at the ends of the vine I tied a bunch of fallsy colored ribbons together to make a big pretty bundle.
The finished product! Not a WHOLE lot like the model, but it looks cute to me :)