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Sandwiched in-between the mystery of Halloween and the magic of Christmas lies the most humble holiday of them all – Thanksgiving. Get your family in a thankful mood by creating our 30-Minute Thanksgiving Tree!
We know that Christmas decorations, music, and movies are all already out this year, and it seems like the whole country has decided that Christmas can start early this year. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t also celebrate Thanksgiving. By counting our blessings, we can give gratitude for everything that we have and start the Christmas season with our thankful hearts in the right place. A grateful heart is a happy heart!
DIY 30-Minute Thanksgiving Tree
Teaching our children to have a truly thankful heart can be difficult, but by creating this Thanksgiving Tree together, you can give them a visual to help them realize how very blessed they are. Everyone needs a reminder of gratitude, not just children! That’s especially true this year. Passing your very own Thanksgiving Tree throughout the day will keep those things in your mind which are most important, and help you to carry the true spirit of Thanksgiving always.
Thanksgiving Tree Materials
- Cut tree branches
- Large glass vase
- Thin wood squares
- Vinyl chalkboard sticker labels
- Rocks (or other vase filler)
How To Make A Thanksgiving Tree
To begin, place your vinyl chalkboard stickers on top of your wood squares. You could paint your squares beforehand, but I loved the look of the natural wood. I centered my sticker and placed it slightly lower on my wood to leave room for drilling the holes.
Next, take your wood squares outside and using a 5/32 size drill bit, drill two holes, one on each side of the top of your wood square. I pre-measured to make sure my holes would be straight and even. (I measured ½ inch over, and ¼ inch down.)
Important Tip For Measuring
They say to work smarter, not harder. So, instead of measuring and marking each individual square for holes, I just placed the one square that I had measured and drilled and placed it on top of each of my other squares and marked the inside of the holes with a pencil. This made drilling the holes in my squares so easy and quick!
Next, take your squares back inside lace the ribbon through the holes. You can knot the ribbon on either side of the square, I choose to make my knots on the front for a bit more whimsy.
Set your small chalkboard signs aside while you work on the tree!
To create your tree, place your branches inside your vase and adjust to find the right place for each one. I tied my branches together, so they wouldn’t move around.
Place your rocks (or other vase filler) inside your vase and arrange so that they fill all of the gaps. If your filler is sturdy (like rocks) you can untie your branches and they should stay in place.
To complete your DIY Thanksgiving Tree, write what you are thankful for on each sign and hang the signs on the branches of your tree. This is the perfect opportunity to get your kids involved and get creative.
Kids will love coming up with things to write and place on the tree!
Place your DIY Thanksgiving Tree in a busy location of your house, so you can see it often and be reminded of all that you should be grateful for!
Let’s all have an attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving season!
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Jeanni @ Guard the Door says
Love this idea! This looks like a wonderful addition to our homeschool this year!
Redo It Yourself Inspirations says
The Thanksgiving Tree is a beautiful. Thank you for hosting. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond says
Some great posts to have a look at, guess I will be busy this weekend!! Thanks
Thanks for the fun linkup! XOXO
Lara @ Methodical Living says
Awesome posts! Thank you for hosting this wonderful link up party too! 🙂
Marti @ SewliciousHomeDecor says
Thank you for the party! I hope you all have a great Halloween weekend!! 🙂
Thank you for hosting. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Cindi @Frugal New England Kitchen says
How creative ! Have a Happy Halloween Weekend everyone!
I think this is a great idea, and you can add more tags every time
Lauren Beasley says
Love this idea! Anyone have a good idea to make the craft a little smaller? I’m thinking about doing this with a group of friends but I know doing a big tree for everyone would get a little cluttered.
I made something similar for my daughters first birthday! We used it to hang wishes and dedications from the guests instead of a guestbook.
Lapaka K says
Great idea, we don’t have thanksgiving holiday where I live so will definitely do this for Christmas. I am sure my little nieces will enjoy putting it together.
Laina Turner says
Thats a great idea
Super cute! Thank you also for hosting the link-up!
The Thanksgiving Tree is a beautiful project!
Michelle @ Green Earth Bazaar says
I love the DIY Thanksgiving tree! I am definitely pinning it. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! 😉
Sierra Burton says
Thank you for sharing our white bean pumpkin!
I am totally doing this tree for our HUGE family Thanksgiving get together. I am Thankful for you and for the SITs Girls for leading me to this project!
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
Oh goodness! Thank you SO much for featuring my Branch Basket Wreath! You gals are FABulous!
MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) says
That is just w beautiful and creative centerpiece for Thanksgiving.
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine says
What a great idea! And it looks elegant, too. Kids would have a blast deciding what to write on each one.
I love the thankful for tree idea, we don’t have Thanksgiving here in the Uk but it would be nice to have any time of the year. A great way to focus on the good stuff.