DIY thankful tree

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I don’t know about you, but my kids are really into holidays! Now that my son Maddyx is almost 4, he is very excited about every holiday and wants to celebrate it as much as possible. He was devastated that Halloween ended and keeps asking why it’s “gone”. I needed something to get him excited for Thanksgiving and that’s when I decided to do a Thankful Tree!  You might be thinking, “what in the world is a thankful tree?”. A thankful tree is a fun way for kids to practice being thankful (I can hear all you mamas saying “AMEN!!” lol). Who doesn’t want to raise a grateful child? I know that I sure do! Here is how you can make one yourself. Don’t worry, this one is easy and you most likely have all of the supplies in your house!

DIY Thankful Tree 

Supplies Needed:

  • Large Jar or Vase
  • Some sort of filler for the vase
  • Colored Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tree Branches (Real or Fake)
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Marker


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Step 1:

Draw a few different leaf shapes on colored paper. I used scrapbook paper, but construction paper would work too. I made about 18, but you can make as many as you want! If you have more children, you may make want to make more. Cut them out.

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Step 2:

Cut your twine into 8 inch pieces. Cut one piece per leaf. Tie a piece of twine onto each leaf.

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Step 3: 

Fill your jar with filler of choice. I used some decorative bark that I had, but you could use acorns or really anything that you think is pretty! Add your tree branches to your jar and then tie a pretty ribbon around it!

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Step 4:

Have your child help you hang the leaves on your tree. We are using our Thankful Tree as a center piece on our dining room table. Every day, let each of your children select a leaf and write something that they are thankful for. Maddyx did his first leaf today and he said that he was thankful for his friend Evan (so sweet!). Talk to your child about what it means to be thankful and explain what it means to have a thankful heart. We are going to make a trip to the library to get some books about Thanksgiving and thankfulness. We will hopefully read a book or do a fun activity each day. I hope you decide to join in on the fun!!!


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