The month of November brings Thanksgiving to all of us in the US, and it’s always a great reminder of what we are thankful for. There are several ways to express our thankfulness, like on layouts, gratitude journals, and cards. I’m here today to share a fun idea for putting that thankfulness on display in your home. A Thankful Tree is a great way to display photos of loved ones you are thankful for, or it could also be a fun interactive element in your home if you get your family members to write out what they are thankful for and add it to the leaves on your tree.
The project came together with a few outside items and the Cedar Lane collection. I’ve got a tutorial to share with you, showing how I put our Thankful Tree together.
Step 1: Gather some thin branches from outside as well as a small bowl full of acorns. You will also need some type of clear container, such as a bottle or vase.
Step 2: Fill your clear container with the acorns then push the branches down inside the acorns. If you’re concerned that your branches need to be secured a bit more, pick up some floral foam from your local craft store and place it inside the bottom of your container before adding the acorns and branches.
Step 3: Select several patterned papers for your leaf shapes. I used 6×6 sizes and placed 4 patterns at a time on my Silhouette Cameo mat. This allowed me to cut a variety of leaves at one time.
Step 4: If you have a sewing machine, use it to stitch along the center of each of your leaves. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could hand stitch each one with embroidery floss.
Step 5: After you have stitched the leaves, choose several and add some ephemera pieces to each one from the Cedar Lane collection. I used a stapler to attach the ephemera to my leaf shapes.
Step 6: Now you are ready to start decorating your tree! I wanted to display three photos of the kids, so I printed them at 2×3 in black & white. I used mini clothespins to attach my leaves and photos to the branches.
Step 7: Continue filling your branches until your Thankful Tree is completed! You can add as many leaves and photos as you like!
This is a fun project and so easy to customize to fit your needs. You could start a new holiday tradition with your Thankful Tree or leave it out on display year round!