There are many ways to design and use a thankful tree. The one thing that they all have in common is cultivating an attitude of gratitude in the home. Making and decorating one for Thanksgiving is an activity the whole family can enjoy.
Some people put their thankful tree up on the first of November to write things they are grateful for throughout the month. Others use them as a centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table and encourage their guests to decorate it while they wait for dinner to be served.
Top 10 Thankful Trees
There are many ways to create a thankful tree and many things to use as decorations to write what we are thankful for. Below you will find a few of my favorite examples from creative and crafty to kid-made. You can even try making a thankful tree with real fall leaves!
Making and decorating a thankful tree for Thanksgiving is an activity the whole family will enjoy. Use any of these easy ideas or be inspired to create your own!
1. Fall Thankful Tree | Consumer Crafts
Use real branches, silk leaves, photographs, and tags to write what you are thankful for. Read more HERE.
2. How to Make a Thankful Tree | The Happy Housewife
This tree uses branches with lights and paper maple leaves cut using a large paper punch. Read more HERE.
3. The Thankful Tree with Chalk | Simply Vintagegirl
This tree uses real branches and wood pieces with chalkboard paint. Read more HERE.
4. Make a Thankful Tree for Your Celebration Centerpiece | Lia Griffith
This tree uses willow branches painted gold and a free printable leaf pattern. Read more HERE.
5. Thankful Tree Free Printable | Craftionary
This tree provides a free printable to use to make your tree using separate paper leaves. It also includes a free “Give Thanks” printable. Read more HERE.
6. Gratitude Tree Advent Calendar | Oopsy Daisy
This tree uses magnets that you stick onto a tree while saying what you are grateful for each day until Thanksgiving. Read more HERE.
7. Thankful Tree Tutorial | One Creative Mommy
This tree uses brown packing paper for the tree and paper maple leaves. Read more HERE.
8. Our November Thankful Tree | Simply Rebekah
This tree uses brown paper for the tree and laminated construction paper for the leaves. Read more HERE.
9. How to Make a Thankful Tree | Our Goodwin Journey
This simple wall tree uses construction paper to create a tree. Trace your own hands on cardboard paper and you have the leaves to write upon. Read more HERE.
10. Thanks and Giving Trees from Cranial Hiccups
These are small trees to print out on paper for each child to use. One is for writing what you are thankful for while the other is for writing down what you have given of yourself. They come complete with printable leaves–more available than pictured below. Read more HERE.
Our Thankful Tree with Real Fall Leaves
Our Thankful Tree with Turkey Leaf Lanterns
There are lots of different kinds of thankful trees. The one thing that they all have in common is cultivating an attitude of gratitude in the home during the holidays.
Some people put them up on the first of November to write things they are grateful for throughout the month. Others use them as a centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table for their guests to decorate. They are also a wonderful addition to a fall nature table.
My daughter loves to decorate trees so we make one every season. We decorate an Easter tree in the spring, a butterfly tree in the summer, a thankful tree in the autumn, and of course a Christmas tree in the Winter filled with handmade ornaments.
Making and decorating seasonal trees is an activity the whole family will enjoy. Use any of these easy ideas or be inspired to create your own!