Giving Thanks – A Very Thankful Tree

Every November, my friends flood Facebook with all of the things they are thankful for. It is really neat to see that people are taking time to focus on these things this time of year. So I was brain storming ways that my family and I could write out what we are thankful for and creatively display them through out the entire holiday season. So using a few things you most likely already have laying around your house I’m going to teach you how to make a Tree of Thankfulness.

For this project you will need a BIG Mason jar or vase, 2 or 3 branches with lots of arms from your yard, decorative rocks, construction paper or cardstock, a hole punch, string or ribbon, and gel pens or permanent markers.

To start fill your Mason jar with your decorative rocks and then put your branches in the Mason jar. Try to arrange them so that it looks like a little tree. Now, cut your paper into circles (or any shape you want really) and punch a hole in the top of them. Next, loop a piece of string through the hole and tie it so you can hang it from your tree. Have your family help you with this next part. Write what you are thankful for on your cutouts. You can write on both sides or draw pictures. Then when you have a few done, hang them from your tree. What’s nice about this project is you make it an afternoon activity for your family or you can keep a little basket next to the tree full of your paper ornaments so that you can be continuously adding to the tree. Just think of how awesome it will be to see your tree abundantly overflowing with Thankfulness by the end of the month.

You can even keep this tree up through the Christmas season by just adding a few small colored bulbs. The thankfulness doesn’t have to end with the end of the month. Take time to truly enjoy this season of thanksgiving with your loved ones.

Until next time,

Emily B.