Homemaking/ Parenting

DIY Thankful Tree

Looking to cultivate gratitude in your home during the thanksgiving season? Than this DIY Thankful Tree is for you! In the matter of minutes you will have a fun and beautiful reminder of all your blessings throughout the month of November!

Last week I shared that our family has been doing a thankful tree for the last couple of years. That tree got so much interest and questions that I decided that I needed to whip up a DIY post! This simple design wont take much time at all.

Every day for the month of November, each child chooses a leaf color they want. Then they tell us what they are thankful and we write that on the leaf. We like to initial them so we can keep everyone’s straight. I like to take a picture of each child’s leaves at the end of the month before I toss them. It’s fun to look back and see what they said each year!

Then they get to hang it on the tree wherever they choose. This tree has been a constant reminder during the month of November to think about all the different things in our lives that we are thankful for. I love cultivating thankfulness in my children’s lives, because let’s face it, they seem to need lots of reminders as children!

playing in the leaves

Our children love to help create the tree as well. We all go outside and go on a scavenger hunt for the perfect sticks. The boys especially love this part! I’m pretty sure the Little Lady just enjoys running around in the leaves.

DIY Thankful Tree


  • Branches
  • Vase
  • Marbles, or rocks
  • Leaf printouts
  • Hole puncher
  • Twine, or string

DIY easy thankful tree!

Gather the perfect sticks.

You want to find sticks that have branches coming off of them. The more the better because you want lots of places to hang those leaves!

gathering branches

Make sure to grab enough for your family size! You can always go out and gather more if you underestimated.

Decoratively arrange them in a vase.

DIY easy thankful tree!

Depending on how many sticks you have, you may need some marbles (or rocks!) at the bottom of your vase so it doesn’t tip over!

Print out leaf patterns on construction paper.

This will be the trickiest part because construction paper is wider than the printer, so you just need to trim the paper some before sticking it in the printer. About an 1/2″ is all that’s needed.

I have the leaves we use on my Craftiness Pinterest board. If you want a different design simply search for leaf patterns on Pinterest.

We use 3 colors to keep it pretty and manageable.

You can then cut out each leaf or cut them out each day. I usually will cut out a handful but then do the final ones as needed.

Hole punch and thread twine through.

Giving thanks for the Bible

You don’t need too much. Just enough to hang the leaf a little distance. (Hint:save the rest for next year! That’s right up my alley!)

Write down your blessing and hang.

Using a sharpie or marker will make it pop!

DIY easy thankful tree!

There you have it! An easy DIY Thankful tree to enjoy for the whole month of November! By Thanksgiving you will have a beautiful full tree to look at.


Your turn! Does your family have a thankfulness tradition? Have you ever done a thankful tree?

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  • Reply
    Melanie Redd
    November 11, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Oh, I love this idea, Ana!

    Thanks for “whipping up” a post about this activity! And, I love the pictures of your kids in the leaves and helping you to make the tree! You are a GREAT mom – I just know it!

    I found your post today on Wise Woman.

    And, I hope you have a fabulous day today!


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      Anastasia Safee
      November 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Aw thank you so much Melanie! They were so delighted to be allowed to play in the leaves even though it was a wet day. Thanks for the sweet comment, I so appreciate you!

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    Holly @ While I'm Waiting...
    November 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Thankful trees are some of my favorite Thanksgiving decorations! I love being intentional about giving thanks and kids can come up with some of the best things to be thankful for! Thanks so much for sharing at Attitude of Gratitude! Hope you’ll join us again next week!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      I love hearing what they come up with every year. Sometimes it’s predictable and sometimes it’s a shocker! I love this tradition! Thanks for hosting the link up!

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    Alison [Life of Scoop]
    November 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    This is such a cute, fun, and simple idea! I don’t have kids yet, but it might be a fun tradition to start between my husband and I. I love the idea of using real sticks. Super cute. 🙂
    I’d love for you to share this thankfulness craft – or other blog posts – with us at the 100 Happy Days blog linkup. Please don’t feel obligated, but here is the link if you are interested. http://lifeofscoop.com/100-happy-days-linkup-week-4/
    Have a great afternoon!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      It is so fun to see what they come up with every day! I love it. Today my oldest said, “when I look at the thankful tree it reminds me to be thankful!”. It made my day!

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    November 12, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    This is such a good idea! And it’s so easy. I’m thankful for THAT. 😉

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

      I’m with ya, Lindsey! Busy mom’s need easy ideas!

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    Jaime Wiebel
    November 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

    What a fun idea. I will have to try this with my littles. I think that would really like it. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      My littles can’t wait to do theirs every day! This is the first year that my 5 year old can cut out the leaves, so that is fun! I am learning to give up on perfection this year while he’s getting some fine motor practice!

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    Michele Morin
    November 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I have done this with my kids, and it was great fun. It also worked well with the children in our Sunday School! I made a larger one in a big vase and encouraged the kids to add leaves each week of November leading up to Thanksgiving. It was a great focus project for the month.
    I really like the way you put your post together with pictures, etc.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 13, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Aw, thanks so much Michele. I have never seen a Sunday school teacher do one of these before but I think that is a great idea!

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    Kathleen Burnett
    November 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    We have a monthly outreach with some inner city kids, and we made a thankful tree last night. At first they were skeptical, but they loved it at the end!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 13, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      That is SO great Kathleen! I am so glad they enjoyed it. I hope you can keep it up for the month. 🙂

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    November 13, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Beautiful! I’d love to do this with my own children!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      It is a great tool to teach gratefulness and I love to see what they come up with every day!

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    November 15, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I love this idea! I did something very similar with my sunday school kids (3rd graders) several years ago and it was so humbling to see the beautiful things they wrote they were thankful for!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 15, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Yes, sometimes the things my kids say are so cute and sometimes theya re so funny. I love seeing what is important to them!

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    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    November 15, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Oh wow! Your thankful tree is gorgeous!

    Every year I say I’m going to do a thankful tree, and I don’t! Next year for sure!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    November 16, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I just love this idea. My family does a grateful garland and my two year old is loving it!

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    Lexie Robinson
    November 16, 2015 at 10:49 am

    This is such a sweet and wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing!

    I found you at the Artful Homemaking link-up!

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