DIY Thankful Tree

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den

One of my favorite November traditions is making a Thankful Tree. At the beginning of the month, we put leaves on the tree with all the things we are thankful for. Then each day, we take down a leaf, and say prayers of thanksgiving for that thing.

In years past, I usually hand cut a tree out of construction paper, and hand cut all the little leaves. It. was. exhausting.

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den
One of our trees from years past.

I decided this year that I was going to make a nice reusable tree. I was able to get all the supplies for only $3 (I only bought 2 items and I already had the rest). I was so pleased with the results!

Here’s how to make one of your own!

1. First gather your supplies:

  • large foam board
  • package of preprinted leaves
  • brown paint
  • felt tip markers
  • laminator
  • velcro dots
  • scrapbook stickers
DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den
foam board – $1 at the Dollar Tree
DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den
Preprinted leaves – $2 at a local teacher’s store

2. Sketch out a tree on the foam board. DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den

3. Paint the tree with brown craft paint. (It’s less than 50¢ a bottle if you don’t already have some.)

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den

4. Using the felt tip pens, write all of your thankful items on the leaves. I drew cute little pictures to go with them.

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den

5. Then carefully run all the leaves through the laminator.

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den

6. Cut the leaves apart, and affix velcro dots to the back of them. Attach the other dot to the foam board.

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den

7. Add some scrapbook stickers at the top to spell “Give Thanks” or something similar.

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den

 

That’s it! Now you have a lovely Thankful Tree that you can use year after year for only a few dollars!

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den

 

DIY Thankful Tree ~ Our Cozy Den
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