Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Thanksgiving Tree.

You might remember my post about a Thanksgiving Tree last year...can you believe it's that time of year again? I can't! Here's a little refresher on the Thanksgiving Tree if you're interested in doing it with your family!

A sweet friend of mine shared this idea with me a while ago, and I'm happy to pass it on.

Firstly, you take fall-ish colored construction paper or cardstock and cut out enough "leaves" to represent each day from November 1 until Thanksgiving Day (this year Thanksgiving falls on November 24th, so you would cut out 24 leaves). Since I used cardstock, I used the first leaf as my template.

Poke a hole in each leaf and feed a piece of string or twine through.

Create a "tree" using a large stick or a bundle of sticks. I have a dried twisted hibiscus I'm using this year. You can either attach all of the leaves now or attach them one at a time. Cub wanted to help me this year, so we went ahead and put all of the blank leaves on our tree.

Every morning, write what you are thankful for on a leaf.

It's an easy way to focus on the poignancy of a thankful heart, and to teach it to our kiddos at a young age. We kept our leaves from last year and plan to continue keeping them--it's so fun to look back!

Plus, it's a great fall decoration. :)

Have a lovely day, friends.


  1. Thanks for doing a post about this! I love this idea! I've also meant to tell you how thankful I am for your daily "thankful" posts on facebook. It reminds me to count my blessings and not my "burdens!" I really enjoy it so much!!!

  2. We did this again yesterday too! S loved it so much last year and is already excited to teach her little sister about gratitude this year. So much fun.

  3. love this idea! wanna do it! but help me out: did you find that in your backyard?? (disclaimer: i am nothing of the creative type) need help with the tree part :)

  4. Last year our "tree" was just a huge stick that I found at a park (we had no trees in our yard at that house!). I have a friend who went to Hobby Lobby and bought a bundle of twigs 50% off and stuck them in a vase. The hibiscus tree is from my friend's wedding reception this past summer (her parents gave it to me afterwards and I love it!). But by no means would I go out and buy a tree! The cheaper, the better!! I hope that helps!

  5. This is such a good idea, and I fully intend to copy next year!

  6. thanks! we don't have trees either. :( but i love the vase idea so might do that!