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Thanksgiving Thankful Tree

Every year our family likes to reflect on what we are thankful for. I think it’s a good way to get the boys to think about all we have and how much we are blessed. We usually do a Thanksgiving Paper Chain and have even done a Thankful Jar but this year, I wanted to do something different…something bigger. A big Thankful Tree was perfect.

Creating the Tree

I found this tree, decided I could make something similar, and set to work. Using that tree as an example, I used 30 inch wide craft paper to draw a tree with pencil. Then, I painted over the pencil drawing and filled in the bark with the paintbrush. It took me a few hours, but it really wasn’t too difficult!

Our Boy Life | Blank Thankful Tree

I hung the tree using push pins.

Our Boy Life | Blank Thankful Tree

I like how it looks in this corner of the living room next to the desk.

The Leaves

Our Boy Life | Thankful Tree Leaves

Then we wrote a bunch of things we are thankful for on leaves I cut from card stock. You can find the template for the leaves here.

Our Boy Life | Thankful Tree Leaf

The boys came up with some unique things to write down!

Our Boy Life | Thanksgiving Thankful Tree Leaf

I think “aliens” was my favorite, but to be fair, I think he meant “Minions”. I just couldn’t resist writing “aliens” for him anyway.

Our Boy Life | Thankful Tree with Leaves

I put all the leaves on to the tree with masking tape. I’m hoping it won’t tear the paper, so we can use the tree again next year.
UPDATE: I was able to remove the leaves with minimal tearing, so we’ll be able to use it again!

Our Boy Life | Thanksgiving Thankful Tree with Leaves

We’ll continue adding to the tree as we get closer and closer to Thanksgiving, and I’m hoping to have any guests we have over add to the tree as well.

Our Boy Life | Thanksgiving Thankful Tree with Leaves

I think we’ll have a full tree by Thanksgiving Day. We have so many blessings!

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