Can I just say that we {heart} our readers?!?  We really do.  I got this idea straight from one of you.  It was so fabulous that I had  to try it.  So thanks, June, for sending in your version and the link to one of our favorites Skip to My Lou, who inspired you.

Thankful Tree

Here is my version of a Thankful Tree.

Supplies you will need:

tree branches
vase, jar, or bucket for the tree branches
die cut leaves

First off find a nice branch with lots of different branches for hanging the thankful leaves from.  I had to go to my neighbor’s yard for this, but aren’t the leaves beautiful?  I used them to decorate the inside of my vase. I love the color.  Once you have some filling inside, arrange your branches to where you like them.

Now you can decorate your vase.  I found some fun fall colored ribbon and tied it on.  I also had this fun embossed tag (kinds shows weird in the pictures), and add it.  I just love the color that is starting to pop!

So once you get to this point you can gather the family around.  Explain that this is the Thankful Tree, or Tree of Thanks, or whatever you want to call it.  Each person will take a die cut leaf and write something they are grateful for each night.  My cutie is thankful for pink flowers. :)

After everyone has written, tack your leaf onto your tree.  I used some more ribbon, cause really, can you have enough?!?!

And here’s what we look like so far.

I am so excited to get this tree all filled out in thankfulness.  Hope you enjoy it too.

What sorts of things do you do to teach your children about being thankful?  We love to hear your ideas!!


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  1. I love this idea! SOOOO cute! Here’s what I did to help my family give thanks this year.

  2. I am thankful for pint flowers too :)

  3. I am thankful for pink flowers too :)

  4. Jamie Stoddard Says: October 29, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Love this! where do u get the die cut leaves from?

  5. Would also be fun to make your own leaves. Maybe the kind where you put the leaf under the paper and rub it with the side of a crayon.

  6. I did something similar to this…I made a tree out of paper bags and then made leaves out of my daughters hand prints, on fall colored construction paper. I had my daughter think of all of the people in our lives that we are thankful for and we wrote their names on the leaves. Then we used sticky tack to put it all together up on the wall, and we slowly let the leaves fall down (aka take them down) and we pray for that person and then give them the leaf to let them know we are thankful for them and have prayed for them. I found this idea in a paper sent home from my daughters preschool class at church. My daughter (3 years old) has helped with every step (even cutting out tiny pieces of brown bark to glue on the trunk) and she loves to choose a leaf to pray for each day. here is a link to a picture.

  7. I am loving how you added ribbon to your vase with a tag….I am going to add some of that this year to spruce it up some! Love your Blog!

  8. I LOVE this idea-def very cute-we will def be doing this this year-THKS!!

  9. I love this! We are going to make one this afternoon for our table. We’ll see if it survives until Thanksgiving! LOL!

  10. I featured this project it today on my blog as part of my “Thankful Trees” post!

    Here’s the link:

    Thanks for the inspiration & have a great day! :)

  11. I love this idea! I too am wondering where you found die cut leaves? Maybe a trip to Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s is in order? =)

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  13. I LOVE this idea so much! I shared it with my readers today at I can’t wait to make one for my own home!

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  15. Thank you for applying some time in order to create “Thankful Tree”.
    Thanks for a second time ,Lan

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