A Thankful Tree {A Free Fall Craft}

Who likes crafts?  And who likes simple craft projects that are free?  I know I do! :)  I came across something called a Thankful Tree while exploring Pinterest the other day, and it intrigued me and I thought it was beautiful, so, I made one.

Now I have to say that this is not an original idea and I totally copied Emily Rose’s thankful tree, so go check out hers too, it’s gorg!

Things you’ll need:

  • Branches (I cut some from my Mom’s trees because hers are better)
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Paper/Cardstock
  • Any type of vase or jar. I just used a big mason jar that I already had
  • Any vase filler (also optional, and again just used what I had already).

The only thing I did do differently was I first painted my branches with gold metallic spray paint.

Then I cut out circles on some pretty cardstock with my little paper puncher thing.

You don’t have to have one of those though. You could just cut circles or whatever shape you like from a template. Or even better, cut them with your Silhouette machine if you have one! :)

After that I wrote all sorts of things we are thankful for on the back of each of the circles.

And then hung all of them on the tree…

and suddenly realized we sure do have a lot to be thankful for.

So there ya go.  A free craft project perfect for this time of year, especially with Thanksgiving coming up.  And it’s a meaningful project.  It doesn’t get better than that does it?  We have a lot to be thankful for, and it’s a nice reminder each time I walk past our table in the entryway every day.

This would also make a fun craft to do with your kids and have them think of all of the things they are thankful for!  Or, at Thanksgiving dinner this year you could have a circle cut out for each guest, have them write something they are thankful for, and then they can hang on the tree.  It would make a nice centerpiece for the table. Lots of fun possibilities. :)

I’ll be sharing this post at Kate’s Fall craft party coming up next week, and also at Melissa’s under $10 and under 1 hour party next week. Also sharing at Hooked on Houses Fall Party, Thrifty Decor Chick and Between Naps on the Porch.



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  1. I love this idea! It looks fantastic Emily. I think part of what I am struggling with in decorating this year is I really want to get away from the commercialism in the holidays. Go back to nature. Things that matter. This is a fabulous idea!!

    • Aww I understand Lauren. Things can get out of hand for sure. Thank you so much!

    • So, ok yeah I guess I’m sorta late to see this, but I LOVE the Thankful tree, gonna HAVE to make one! Whenever I feel like being inspired I read your blog Emily :)

  2. Emily, I think I’ll do one of these at home and one for my preschool class room! Great way to bring the concept of gratitude to a tangible level… not to mention it’s beautiful!
    Enjoy your weekend~ Heidi xo

  3. Ohhhh how cool!! Ya lknow, I had pretty much decided that this was the weekend I was going to put my fall decor out…..what little I have….I have a ton of projects in the works that truthfully, will most likely still be in their unfinished state come Christmas…….and I love this idea!! Thank you for a weekend project to do with my kiddos!!!!

  4. What a sweet idea. I LOVE this. It looks great too!! FUNNY, it’s not hard to find branches out here in TX right now, is it?! I have TWO branch projects on my blog right now! OH and did you see? I made my yarn wreath!! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!!! :)

  5. It’s beautiful, Emily! And just right for fall. Seems that people usually limit this kind of project just for the month of November–I think you were smart to do it NOW!

  6. I totally pinned that same pic and plan on making my fall centerpiece a thankful tree in November! (great minds)

    Yours turned out perfect! I’m grateful to call you friend. :)

  7. Beautiful! We did a similar thing with a small Christmas type tree a few yrs back. My daughters cut out fall shapes and we all wrote 2 things we were thankful for on the back (of 2 separate pieces). Then we all shared. They weren’t as “stylish” but very effective. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I am totally doing this… absolutely adorable. Would make a great fall centerpiece in our front dining room! With about 5-6 trees about to be taken down, I’m sure I’ll find some branches!

  9. Laura Lambie says:

    I have to do this! That is beautiful. I am subscribing for sure.

  10. Oh thank you for this lovely idea!

  11. We did this at our family Thanksgiving celebration several years ago. We used a small “christmas tree”, I cut out cardstock circles with jute hangers attached to them, and everyone at the celebration wrote down something they were thankful for that year. We read them before eating dinner and then hung them on the tree. The tree become part of our holiday decor through Christmas and it was a nice reminder of thankfulness throughout the busy holiday season!

  12. This is a splendid idea as a centerpiece for a banquet table or for the foyer of your home. Great!

  13. Such a pretty, thought provoking, crafty idea! Love it!

  14. Sometimes the simplest things are the most meaningful. I love your tree!

  15. What a fantastic fall craft to do with kids!

    I would love for your to post this gem up on my Fall In Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then come by and see a spectacular new spice cabinet.

  16. Great idea Emily! This really is a good project to do with the kids and to remember what we are all really thankful for. Thanks for sharing!

  17. We made one of these last year but it was not near as beautiful as yours! Nice job. It’s lovely.

  18. This is so elegant and such a wonderful reminder of the blessings we’ve been given. I will be making one of these in the near future! By the way, I’m visiting from 320 Sycamore. :)

  19. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I don’t really live anywhere near a bunch of trees, but I’m heading away from the city to go apple picking this weekend and I’m hoping to grab some branches there to get started on this project. It’s never a bad idea to sit and reflect on everything that you have to be thankful for! I, for one, am thankful that I saw this project! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  20. What a beautiful idea! We have a family tradition of doing a “gratitude box” during the month of November, where we each write down something we’re thankful for every day & drop it in the box to read through together at Thanksgiving. I love the idea of having these little reminders displayed on a “thankful tree”!

  21. I have been wanting to do one of these for so long and have our Thanksgiving Dinner guests fill the cards out. Thanks for reminding me!

  22. Emily~I love this tree!! The gold spray paint is especially beautiful…thank you for sharing with us :)

  23. This turned out great! What a lovely idea and thanks so much for sharing.

  24. I am definitely going to try his one! We did a paper one attached to the wall when we had a tiny home. Everyday each one of us would put something we were thankful for and add a colored hand to the tree to look like leaves. We did a Christmas one too with a butcher paper Christmas tree and paper ornaments and followed the same idea. We are going to start this week!!

  25. Hi! I am new to the blog world (not a blogger myself, just a browser) and I came across yours today. I love your boldness to talk about the Lord and all your creative ideas! Keep sharing!

  26. I love this! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve blogged about it! The post is scheduled for November 5th at this link:

  27. I made my Thankful Tree and showing it tomorrow…linking yours in the post!

  28. Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to make one but wait and have my family members fill out the cards as they arrive :) I shared this on my craft blog with a link back here for the tutorial too.

  29. Love this idea! wonderful. Have you shared on our Brag About It? Come by to BeBetsy! Thanks for the inspiration ~ Sharon and Denise

  30. Love this! I like to have others share their gratitude too.


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