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.
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
- velcro dots
- scrapbook stickers
2. Sketch out a tree on the foam board.
3. Paint the tree with brown craft paint. (It’s less than 50¢ a bottle if you don’t already have some.)
4. Using the felt tip pens, write all of your thankful items on the leaves. I drew cute little pictures to go with them.
5. Then carefully run all the leaves through the laminator.
6. Cut the leaves apart, and affix velcro dots to the back of them. Attach the other dot to the foam board.
7. Add some scrapbook stickers at the top to spell “Give Thanks” or something similar.
That’s it! Now you have a lovely Thankful Tree that you can use year after year for only a few dollars!