By its very nature, Thanksgiving asks people what they are thankful for in their lives as a way of inspiring humility and appreciation for what they have. The easiest way to teach ourselves and our children this lesson, besides simply saying so, is to provide a physical reminder—and this Thanksgiving “thankful” tree project is a great way to do that!
This project, requiring only some branches, a few pine cones, and some extra arts and crafts materials, is a fairly easy one to make, and it is great for kids to take part in themselves in order to truly inspire the lessons this holiday has to offer. If you think this is the project for you and your family, then let’s get started on that Thanksgiving “thankful” tree!
Supplies and Materials
- One mason jar, large
- Foliage, dried flowers, or similar floral sprigs
- Faux berries
- White cardstock
- Scrapbook paper of any color or pattern
- Clear tape
- Fine tipped pen
Directions for Thanksgiving ‘Thankful’ Trees
- To get started, drop several large pinecones that you have gathered into the mason jar. Arrange the branches, which probably shouldn’t be more than three feet long, into your jar until you’re satisfied with how they look.
- Fill in the gaps within the mason jar between the branches and pinecones by dropping in some dried florals and faux berries. Once you feel the tree arrangement is where you want it to be, you can start making your “thankful” leaves.
- For the first leaf, fold some scrapbook paper in half. Starting at the paper’s folded edge, cut a basic leaf shape out, making a slight tab at the fold, so the leaf can easily hang from a branch. When unfolded, your “leaf” should remind you of a pair of eyes or sun tanning goggles. Repeat this process as many times as you want for as many leaves as you want.
- Roll together a piece of clear tape, sticky side out (or use double-sided tape), and set it onto one of the leaf’s sides on the backside of the paper.
- Set the leaf’s “tab” on a branch, and then stick the leaf’s two sides together using the tape.
- Now, cut some white cardstock into as many rectangles as you’ll need and into sizes that will fit the leaf shapes. Write words using a fine tipped pen that remind you and your family of what they are and should be thankful for. Finally, stick the cardstock words onto the leaves.
- Enjoy your Thanksgiving “thankful” tree!
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