Every year at the beginning of November we put up a thankful tree. The idea is to express extra gratitude throughout the month leading up to Thanksgiving. We love this tradition! I think it helps everyone be a little more grateful and notice the nice things other people do for them. One of my favorite memories of our thankful tree was in 2012 when the kids were a little younger.
Easy Thankful Tree DIY
The DIY thankful tree is super easy to create! Just follow my step-by-step guide and you will have a beautiful tree at the end.
1st make your thankful tree
You will need a large piece of paper or multiple card stock papers. I have used any of the following and it works great. The idea is to have a very large tree so you can add lots of leaves onto it.
- poster board
- brown cardstock paper
- the backside of wrapping paper
- Cut out the tree or draw it onto the paper you choose
2nd cut out your gratitude leaves
It is fun to use different colored cardstock paper to make the leaves to give your tree some fall colors. But anything will work. plain white paper works great too. You can either cut out your own leaves or use a template. Remember to make them large enough to write what you are thankful for on each leaf.
3rd decorate your thankful tree
This is the fun part! What we do is have everyone in the family write what they are thankful for on different leaves each day and tape them to the tree. It’s so fun watching out tree grow leaves of gratitude as the month goes on. By Thanksgiving, our tree is full of thankful leaves. On Thanksgiving day I like to have the kids help me take off all the leaves and we read them to the family. This activity really helps bring the spirit of gratitude into our home.
I hope you enjoy making a Thankful Tree this November. I know we will. I love having family traditions that help us be more grateful like the Thankful Tree or delivering secret thanks!