We wanted to share our Thankful Tree’s with you guys! We both love the idea of taking time each day to sit and talk to our kids about the things we are thankful for!
This year we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our Family in CA and are going to make that our new tradition. Therefore I wont be doing a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving. Okay, okay….the real reason I wont be decorating for Thanksgiving is because I need that time to decorate for Christmas! Have I mentioned that my Mom was a Christmas nut? With her passing away we divided up her decorations and I needed a U-Haul to bring my portion back!
Even though we might not be doing a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving I don’t want it to get passed over without us taking the time to be grateful each day this month. I figured we would do a really big Thankful tree to display our thanks on. We had the perfect spot in our nook!
I used brown butcher paper and brown tissue paper to form our tree trunk and branches. I attached it to the wall and ceiling with thumbtacks. It doesn’t take very many since the butcher paper holds its shape pretty well. Once I had the tree done I stapled silk leaves that I had onto the branches to give it a little bit of color. Its hard to tell in the pictures but the branches run along the ceiling over about half of the our nook.
Each Day we are going to write what we are grateful for on a leaf made of red, orange, and yellow construction paper and then we will hang the leaf from our tree. By the end of the month it will look like we have blessings falling down upon our family. A great reminder of how abundantly blessed we are!
I decided that I was going to cut out a vinyl tree this year! My husband has a large vinyl plotter at his office, so it would be very cheap for us. You could also just cut a tree trunk out of butcher paper though and it would look very similar.. The idea back fired a bit on me though. I didn’t give my husband enough warning time and he didn’t have a large roll of brown vinyl on hand. I didn’t want to wait for some to get here, so I decided that a tree my boys size would work just fine too!
See just little, but I actually love how it turned out. I put it on a wall that enters into our kitchen. Just across from our Fall Fun to-do Sign. The only sad part of the little tree, is that I had ordered THESE adorable leafs, but they are too big for our tree. So, it looks like Lisa will be inheriting them! I ended up using this leaf template from Danielle’s Place! I just chose the leaves that I liked and traced them onto construction paper and then cut them out. It actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would.
I’m excited to see the boys hang the leaves and be able to start this great tradition as a family! This will be the first year that Nathan will start to understand what a blessing is and I hope that this can become a tradition that he and Jeff look forward to each year! We are such a blessed little family and I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for all that we have!
We hope that you guys can find a fun way this Thanksgiving Month to reflect on all your blessings! Here are some other fun ways to “Give Thanks”: that we found thanks to Pinterest:
Thankful Tree from Simply Vintagegirl!