I love Thanksgiving crafts that help us stop and think about what we are thankful for. I have seen Christmas advent calendars made from bubble wrap and set out to find a way to incorporate this fun idea into Thanksgiving.
The concept is to pop a bubble on the corn countdown each day leading up to Thanksgiving (mine is for ten days, but you can do any amount) and to say something you are thankful for. When doing this with kids, have them expand on these things. For example, we are all thankful for our parents, food, etc. What about our parents are we thankful, or who is responsible for the food we eat.
To create this corn countdown, I used the beautiful, rich, distressed patterned papers from the Facts and Fiction line along with Clippings alphabet stickers. You will also need one-inch bubble wrap, a one-inch circle punch (or a one-inch circle to trace), glue dots, double-sided tape, scissors, and a frame if you would like to hang it.
Here’s how to make your own:
Cut your bubble wrap at an angle (it aligns better) to get three columns of bubbles. Be sure to cut through the center of the next row so you are sure not to cut your columns.
Then go back and very carefully trim around your “cob” of nine bubbles at the center column, eight bubbles on the side columns, and three bubbles across with one on the top and bottom as shown.
Punch 25 assorted circles from papers in red, orange, yellow, and browns.
Adhere one circle to the top of each bubble with a glue dot and add desired amount of number stickers.
Add double sided tape to the back of cob and adhere to cream paper.
Very carefully cut around cob.
Hand-cut long, curved strips to create husks. Adhere to the back of the cob at top and sides and adhere to background paper.
Mount in a photo frame with the glass removed for easy display.
I am thankful for the creative outlet of crafting and to BasicGrey for beautiful supplies to craft with!