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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Today on Good Things Utah! Kindness Banner

I think it is WAY fun to make something cute, but it is even MORE fun to make something cute with a very special meaning :) Today on Good Things Utah I featured this Kindness banner!  It is nothing but "cuteness in the front, kindness on the back"!  I am FUNNY today!

When making this banner I realized that the way to truly make this Christmas merry is if I am teaching my children the true meaning of Christmas, which is to give and be kind to others.  Instead of doing 12 days of Christmas where each day we focus on what we can get, I decided to switch our focus to what we can give!

Items needed:
- Wood ornament Banners (purchased at the Wood Connection in SLC, UT). If you are not local, I traced some stencils you can cut from cardstock, I put them at the end of this post!
- Scrapbook Paper... I used the My Minds Eye 12 days of Christmas kit, available on our website here for only $4.49, retail value $9.99)
- Adhesive... You can mod podge or I just used spray adhesive for the paper to the wood and then regular adhesive tape and 3D foam dots (available here on our website) for the rest. 
- Bakers Twine... I used the My Minds Eye Lime Twist Twine from here on our website.
- Letters cut from Cardstock.  I used my Cricut and cut 4" letters with the Alphalicious font.  If you don't have this, I traced some templates and put them at the end of this post for you to download!
- Clothes Pins

Directions:
Trace wood ornaments and adhere base paper to the banner.  (Or use templates to cut ornaments from cardstock)
Use Cricut to cut 4" letters from cardstock (or trace from the templates on my blog)
Using the scraps of paper and cardstock embellishments, decorate the Ornaments as you would like.  I am attaching these pictures below so you can just copy mine if you would like!

Using left over paper, trace and adhere with glue a piece of paper to the top of a clothes pin.

Glue the clothes pin to the back of 12 banner pieces.
Attach an act of kindness to do on each day!
On the back of the first and last Ornament of the banner, I put these 2 quotes as a little secret reminder for our family.  I posted the picture in it's original size at the end of this post so you can just download it!

Use Bakers Twine to hang your banner!

Here are some ideas you can use to show kindness to others!
Find someone who is homeless and deliver them a blanket
Buy a few boxes of candy canes and tell random strangers "Merry Christmas" and give them a smile and a candy cane.
Call someone you love just to see how they are doing!
Mail a hand written letter to someone who has done something kind to you.
Offer to babysit your friends' kids so she can go stress free Christmas shopping!
Sing or play a musical instrument for a Nursing home with your family.
Set up a hot cocoa stand and accept donations only for a charity of your choice.
Mend a broken heart by reconciling with someone you have not been close to.
Walk your neighbors dog for them.
Give a candy cane to your bank teller and every cashier who helps you today.
Take a treat to your local Fire Station or Police Station to Thank them for their work.
 Rake your neighbors leaves
Go to the store and pay off someones layaway anonymously
Pay the parking toll for the car behind you when leaving a parking garage.
Invite neighbor kids to come over for a craft day to make gifts for their parents.
Leave a note and little gift for your mail man or UPS delivery guy.
Call a friend and offer to help them wrap their Christmas gifts.
Help a friend clean their home.
Ring the bell for a Salvation Army bell ringer so they can have a break!
Pay the bill for the car behind you in a drive thru.
Help a stranger load their groceries in their car.
Open the door for strangers.
Pick up litter and trash throughout the day.
Give out 20 compliments to 20 people today.
Help someone carry something.
Tape quarters to vending and and toy machines around town.
Donate food to the Utah food bank.
Collect mittens and hats and boots, deliver to a school to give kids who don't have any at recess.
Pay someones fees at the library.
Take your kids to buy with their own allowance a toy to donate to Toys 4 Tots.
Go through your books and donate any that you may not need to your school library or a teacher for their classroom.
Turkey bomb a neighbor! (leave a turkey or ham on their porch, ring and run!!!)
Pass out candy canes and wish everyone in the long lines at the post office a "Merry Christmas!"
Gather all the shopping carts in a parking lot and put them inside the store.
Call the hospital and see if you can go read stories or bring a little gift to those there the week of Christmas.
Give stuffed animals to the police department for kids.

Here are all the original sized templates.  Downloading is easy!  If you are a PC user, just click on the picture and it will open in a new window.  Right click and Save the file. If you are a MAC user, click on the picture and then in the new window drag the picture to your desktop on your MAC!

Here is the kindness quotes word art:
 Here are all the templates to trace the Merry Christmas letters:
Here is a template with one ornament and the letter c:
Here are all the ornament templates:

Leave a comment and let us know what you think!  We will send 5 lucky winners the papers in this kit for FREE on Friday :)

4 comments:

Lindsay said...

Love it. I have been looking for a way to get my kids more involved in service this Christmas. Plus it's a cute decoration! Gotta love those!

TINA said...

Such a great idea! Thank you for listing lots of different service ideas. My kids might actually be on board for some if I make the banner cute enough... :)

Christina said...

Shyloh - I love this project! Your focus on acts of kindness is exactly what we need this time of year. This will be a darling addition to our Christmas decor.

Unknown said...

Beautiful...it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much Shyloh!