Advent Shadowbox: Day 5, Gratitude Ornaments

gratitude ornaments

DECEMBER 1, 2011

5th Day of Advent
24 Days ’til Christmas

 Advent Thursdays are
Today We’ll Make
Lasting Acknowledgements
Writing our “GRATEFUL FORS”
on Thin Strips of Paper
And dropping them, rolled,
Glass Ornaments

Here’s a look at our Advent Shadowbox today:

(As you can probably tell by now, I’m not the best of photographers…
If anyone has any hints, drop a line!)

The box is full of strips of paper which I’ve curled with a pair of scissors as you would a strip of ribbon.
I printed the text on green construction paper and cut it into “circle-esque” shapes.
I placed these green shapes on top of the curled paper strips before closing the shadowbox glass on top.
I’ve suspended the ornaments in front of the glass from ribbons which are tacked behind the box.
I still had ornaments left-over from the “Secret Wish” Fashion Photo Ornament Birthday pARTy craft which inspired this piece of advent craftitude.





Clear Glass or Plastic Ornaments
Pen, Pencil, or Marker
Ribbons or Ornament Hooks


  1. Cut a few sheets of plain paper into thin strips, about 1 or 2 inches long and about 1/4 inch wide.
  2. Have the kids write what they are thankful for on the centre of each paper strip with a marker, pencil or pen. They might also choose to write the word on both sides of the strip or to write the same or multiple words all over the strip.
  3. Roll each strip into a scroll with the “grateful for” facing out.
  4. Remove the cap of the ornament and drop each scroll inside, shaking it a bit to let the paper unwind.
  5. Replace the cap and attach a ribbon or wire ornament hanger to the ornament hook.
  6. Hang it on your Christmas tree or from a few lovely dogwood branches that you’ve placed into a vase.

  Update! Here are the ornaments the kids made today!


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4 Responses to Advent Shadowbox: Day 5, Gratitude Ornaments

  1. Daniela December 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    So cute! What a wonderful souvenir of Christmas 2011. (And will definitely add a fun new twist to the project of sweeping up should, on some far-distant day, future dogs or…grandkids…ever knock over the tree!)

  2. ingridkeenan December 4, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    From Bibi to Bisha:
    Does it say “Bibi” on the one on the left? It made me so happy I wanted to do a somersault. I am grateful for you, too! Did the one on the right say something about Elvis? If I had a dog I would be grateful for him (or her!) too. It looks like you’re having a fun advent!
    love, Bibi

    • Roseanne Carrara December 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

      Oh yes that’s “bibi” alongside of bears polar bears, elvis (the dog), and papa 🙂 We are having a great advent! We just finished our gingerbread house! i ate most of the gummy santas mama added to the kit!!!! Are you having christmas in Wales??????! Love, Bisha

  3. ingridkeenan December 9, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Hi Bisha!
    First we are going to France for my birthday, and we come back to Wales the day before Christmas Eve! On Christmas Eve day we’re going to bake lots and lots of cookies and decorate the house. I have a very long paper chain I’m working on!
    xoxoxox Bibi