Creating a Thankfulness Tree


Last year, I started the tradition of creating a Thankfulness Tree. I love this craft because it makes the home look more “Thanksgiving-ish” and creates a huge visual reminder to be thankful. Plus, this project is quite easy even for the non-crafter to do! 

One brisk October morning, I headed out my front door on the lookout for sticks. I wanted a bundle of several sticks with tiny, leaf-free branches on them. After a ten minute hunt, I headed back indoors and arranged my sticks in a cute, fall-colored vase. When the boys saw the sticks poking out from the vase, they were delighted that I found a stash of swords for them to fight with. Dashing their swashbuckling dreams, I told them we were going to make a thankfulness tree. With only slightly disappointed looks on their faces, they listened as I explained what we planned to do.

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I searched Pinterest for a set of leaf outlines. I printed them off, cut them out, and traced them on fall-colored construction paper. Looking back, I should have just bought a pack of pre-cut and colorful paper leaves from Hobby Lobby. Next year. Then, I punched a hole in each leaf, and tied a string around it. I told my kids that each day they would pick one leaf and tell me what they were thankful for that day. 


As Thanksgiving approached, what started out as an ugly, naked tree became a tree full of beautifully colored thankfulness leaves. About once a week, we checked out the leaves and read them aloud. It was a good reminder of what we were grateful for.

Once the holiday was over, I put up the thankfulness tree to make room for Christmas decorations. I couldn’t bring myself to throw away the leaves that contained our grateful thoughts. So I tucked them neatly into a baggie to review this year when we make our thankfulness tree again.

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Originally from Michigan, Grace has called the Nashville area home for the past 14 years. She and her husband had three kids in three years and call their home a crazy town. Before becoming a mom, Grace was a writer and editor for Dave Ramsey. She quit her full-time job to stay home with the kiddos while continuing to teach online college courses. Grace loves attempting to be crafty, photographing her kiddos, and teaching her kids how to love and serve others. She's been homeschooling her kids for a few years and reads aloud to them any chance she gets. Grace and her family love spending time outdoors and trying to teach their kids early on to love hiking and creek exploring.


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