DIY Thankful Tree

I was trying to figure out some ideas for new decorations for Thanksgiving because I really don’t have many.  I have a ton of Halloween and a ton of Christmas but really nothing to decorate with in between the two holidays.  I started thinking and decided that I would make a “Thankful Tree” that would both be a good decoration and I could use it to help teach my children.  What I plan to do with this tree is starting on November 1st each person in my family will take one of the leaves and write something that they are thankful to God for that day and then hang it on the tree.  I then plan to have my family pray each day for the things that we are thankful for.  I think most people (myself included) have a tendency to remember to pray more for the things that we need or want and we don’t  take nearly enough time to stop and be thankful for the blessings that we do have in our life.  This tree is just a way for my family to stop and think about what we have.  I think it will be really neat at the end of the month to go back and read all the different things that we have to be thankful for this past month!

DIY Thankful Tree

To make the tree is simple:

1. Gather some sticks and branches from your yard.  I had a bunch in my yard from a storm last week so I just picked them up!

2. Find a vase or planter that you can place the branches in.  I had this old vase laying in my house and the colored things are some rainbow colored water balls that I had bought at a Craft Show awhile ago.  I thought it would be neat to add the branches in to it for decoration. You may decorate your tree however you want.

3. Make “leaves” for your tree.  To make these I just googled for a leaf pattern I liked and then cut the leaves out of different color brown construction paper.  I punched holes in the end of the leaves and tied a string around it.

4. Each day just write what you are thankful for on the leaves and hang it on the tree branches!


  1. Super cute idea. Thanks for sharing! I’m hosting a giveaway for two modern printed kitchen towels that you should enter!

  2. Easy Life Meal & Party Planning says:

    I really like this – it is so easy to forget the real meaning of the holidays and this is a great way to bring Thanksgiving into focus!

  3. That is such a great idea! We can always be more thankful for the blessings we have received. I followed you over from Family Fun Friday. Have a great weekend!

  4. This is such a great project, especially for this month. I will be featuring it on tomorrow’s Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop. Thank you for sharing it with us.


  5. This really brings the meaning back to the Thanksgiving holiday. Such a nice idea! It’s great co=hosting with you at the #HomeMattersParty

  6. I have some Manzanita branches that would be great for this. Then I might not be so said I had to cut off all the dead branches. #HomeMattersParty

  7. What a beautiful idea. A wonderful way for the children to learn to be Thankful and us grown ups too 🙂 Thanks for Co-Hosting #HomeMattersParty

  8. Such a cute and great idea for thanksgiving Wendy. It’s great to be co-hosting with you. #HomeMattersParty

  9. Sounds like a great way to keep everyone focused on what’s important this month.
    I’m happy to be partying with you this month. #HomeMattersParty

  10. Love this idea. It’s a great way to remember what we have to be grateful for. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty – you’re lovely! 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  11. That is so cute!! I’ve seen a few of those through the years and always love the meaning behind it!! Pinned it! #HomeMattersParty

  12. I love thankful trees! Something even the smallest kiddos can help with! Thank you for sharing with us at Attitude of Gratitude!

  13. I actually am doing this too! My 10 year old loves coming home every day and adding another post to our tree. Thanks so much for linking up with Attitude of Gratitude.

  14. I love the idea of praying the blessings, after writing down what you’re thankful for!!
    Found you on Holly’s Attitude of Gratitude Linky.

  15. I love this idea.. I did something very similar with my sunday school kids a few years ago. Such a great way to visually see things you’re thankful for!

  16. What a lovely idea, so simple and yet so effective as a reminder. Thank you for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom and hope to see you link up at our new #OvertheMoon linkup starting December 7.

  17. Jennifer Abel says:

    What a great idea and so easy for little kids. Thanks for sharing on the very last #wednesdayswisdom but stay tuned for the all new Over The Moon link up


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