A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Thankful Tree

I love this time of year. I love taking the time to stop and think about what we are truly thankful for. Some people are posting on FB each day what they are thankful for. Some people journal about it, but I thought it would be fun to have a thankful tree that the whole family can enjoy.

Here’s what I did.

I cheated and had my Silhouette cut out my maple leaves for me.

Thankful Tree

I used Fallish scrapbook paper to make it pretty. Thankful Tree 

But if you are doing this by hand I’d stick to a simple shape like this and use some pretty Fall colors like red, orange, green and yellow for your leaves.

Thankful Tree

After the leaves were cut I just took my hole punch and punched holes near the bottom of the leaf. Then just thread some yarn through and you’re done.

Thankful Tree  

You can either do this all yourself or just put the leaves and yarn in something and set it by your tree and have each person thread their own. It’s up to you and how much time you have on your hands.

Thankful Tree  I’m opting to have them do it themselves. *SMILE*

Then you just take your leaf, write what you are thankful for each day on the back and hang it on your tree. Then on Thanksgiving, take all the leaves off and read them aloud. Thankful tree

You can have a self standing tree like this or you can make a tree out of butcher paper and put it on a wall. Be creative.

Thankful Tree Can you see my lonely leaf on there? I’m not worried about catching up on the last few days. We are just going to start from today and work our way to Thanksgiving. Ahhhh, no pressure. *smile*

How are you choosing to be thankful?

Tell me one thing you’re thankful for this year.




  1. I love this idea. What a unique project for kids to work on as well as older kids ( teens ) to be reminded of our blessings.

  2. Love this idea! This year I am especially thankful for my husband! We lost our home & everything we owned in an electrical fire on October 9th. He was asleep when the fire started at the breaker box about 6 get from the bed where he was sleeping. By the time the dogs finally got him awake the bed was already starting to burn. He made it out with minor burns. We did loose one of our 2 dogs also. I thank God everyday for sparing my husband!

  3. Great idea for the family! Ah, you know what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful that Mr. Jim is recovering from his bout with cancer!

  4. Such a fabulous idea my friend! Love it!!

    Big I'm-thankful-for-super-sweet-and-crafty-friends-like-you size hugs to you!! Love ya! :)

  5. Thanks for this great craft idea! I'm thinking of starting it now, 2/3 into Spring 2014, with a bare branch tree. I'll start with green leaves, using them through summer and then switching out to colorful leaves in the autumn. Then at Thanksgiving all the leaves will "fall" off the branches onto the dining room table to be read. Yes! (Like your fall themed scrapbook paper leaves!)


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