Christmas Bulb Banner with Appreciation Notes

 

The beginning of our Christmas bulb strand
The beginning of our Christmas bulb strand

I am starting a new Christmas tradition with a Christmas Bulb Banner.  Each day, I will write something I appreciate about my boys on a bulb to hang on a string.  As we approach Christmas, our banner will grow.

Now we are already two days into December, but I was determined to accomplish this project this year.  I just doubled up and surprised the kids after school!  Tomorrow they will wake up to a new bulb and we will be back on track!  Each bulb will list something the child did that was helpful, kind, etc.  Some days may be harder to come up with what to write, but it is a good way to reflect on the positive aspects of each day.

Day 1 for my boys
Day 1 for my boys

I found this cute Christmas bulb banner that you could print.

Jumbo Christmas Light Bulb Garland at PagingSupermom.com #thepartyhop

http://pagingsupermom.com/2013/11/handmade-holiday-decor-printables/

I simply traced the image of the bulb straight from my computer. Then I transferred into onto some cardboard to make a template I could trace using colored paper.  Cardboard cereal boxes work perfect!  I also added a few black lines onto the base of the bulb to represent the gray metal part of the bulb.

Tracing the bulbs
Tracing the bulbs

I am sure a teacher supply store might have a Christmas lightbulb shaped notepad to use or even a Cricut or other diecut machine to make the bulbs.  However,  cutting out the bulbs really didn’t take too long–good project for in front of the T.V. or even elicit help from your children.  My son even asked to help cut some out when he saw what I was doing.

I strung the piece of string along a low wall so the kids could see the bulbs.  Then I used a small piece of tape to attach each bulb to the string.  I am not sure if the tape will hold as we add more bulbs each day.  I may find we need to use stronger tape or even a push pin or tack on the end of each strand.

Our bulb strand isn’t very long yet, but I hope my kids are just as excited to read their new “bulb” each morning as they are to discover where Bingo, our elf, is hiding.  This is a tradition I want to continue each year.

 

 

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