Each day, we write one thing that we are grateful for and add it to the garland. Our thanks go to the big and broad things like, the earth or stars. And our thanks goes to little things like my husband's great scrambled eggs or triops eggs that hatch perfectly.
We have a cigar box full of leaves, sharpies and tape near the garland so we can add to it when the mood strikes. We also encourage visitors and Thanksgiving guests to participate.
The leaves are made from shaving cream marbled paper, watercolored paper and paper grocery bags. I cut many of them by hand and also used the Ellison machine at the library.