DIY: Thankful Tree

Thanksgiving is around the corner and the filling holiday is stuffed with family, fun, and foody traditions. I decided to start a new tradition for my boyfriend and I this Thanksgiving by creating a Thankful Tree. I first heard about this from a colleague of mine and thought I would create my own version of the idea. It’s an inexpensive project that you and your loved ones can create together over the holiday.

Materials you will need:


Materials for the Thankful Tree

  • Decorative paper – I used scrapbook paper from Michaels.
  • Needle and thread – I used the end of a paperclip and dental floss.
  • Scissors
  • A vase
  • Branches – My boyfriend and I collected dead branches on our walk through a park.

Here’s what you will do:


Taking a circular stencil (I used a mini wine bottle), trace a circle on the decorative paper. Fold the paper several times, like you would a snowflake, and cut along the traced line. This will produced several circle cut outs. These will be used to write on and eventually hang on your Thankful Tree like ornaments.


Using a needle or paperclip, poke a hole through the cut out paper circle about a 1/4 of an inch in from the edge.


Thread the string through the hole and tie to make a loop.


Write what you are thankful for this year on several circle ornaments using a pen.


Position the branches in the vase to your liking. It may take a few goes before you get an arrangement you like. I trimmed several of my branches to better fit the vase.


Hang your completed ornaments off the branches of your Thankful Tree.


Display your Thankful Tree for all to see.  Keep a pile of extra circles near your thankful tree for guests to add during their visits or during your Thanksgiving feast. Soon, your tree will be filled with thankful thoughts from all the most important people in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please send pictures of your family traditions for the holiday or your version of the Thankful Tree!

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