Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thanksgiving Celebrations – Make a Gratitude Tree

by Guest Contributor

in Crafts and DIY


I usually talk to my three year old daughter Elle before I tuck her into the bed. She tells me whatever she has done during the day, and the things that made her happy. It’s a good thing to be grateful for whatever gives you happiness. And since Thanksgiving is approaching, it is the perfect time to show your gratitude. How about doing this with a simple and easy DIY Thanksgiving gratitude tree? Below are some basic tips to make it.


Things you will need:

Colored paper, some tree branches, a vase,  some rocks and string. If you have any paper or string left over from your craft kits such as Kiwi Crate craft for kids, you could use that too.



As I really wanted the tree to be different and creative, I used some thick paper with different patterns on both sides. Also, if your kids are too young to write (like my daughter) they could draw whatever they are grateful for or you can ask them and write it on the leaves.



1. Take a sheet of thick paper (thick enough to be durable for little kids)

2. Draw the shape of a leaf on it and cut it out.

3. This leaf cutout will now serve as your template for the other leaves, so all leaves will be of the same size. If you want, you can cut leaves of different sizes.

4. Punch a hole in the leaves and tie a piece of string to each. I have taken white string, but you can use colored string, ribbons or yarn as well.

5. Put the pebbles in the vase and stick the twigs in it.

6. Ask your children to write about the things they are grateful for.

7. Now tie the leaves to the tree.


With the thanksgiving gratitude trees, you can teach your children to be grateful about what they have and see the better part of every situation.

I think that it’s important to be grateful for every little thing in life. The more you feel grateful for things, the more the universe gives you to be grateful for.


About the Author

Amy Lee is a mother who loves to write. Her blog The Connection We Share is one of the top mommy blogs of Vancouver. It provides insight to parents about bonding with their children with fun activities such as baking, photography, and crafting etc. She likes to use images of her children to create the best photo books of their childhood. You can find Amy on Facebook and Google+.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara Gauthier October 11, 2013 at 2:50 am

This looks like a great idea. We have not done much for Thanksgiving as husband and I are sick. Thankfully we are going to his sisters and she is cooking dinner so we just need to drive there.


Victoria Ess October 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I love this craft idea! This is so perfect for the family get-together for Thanksgiving too, with extended family.


Florence C October 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

This is a great idea. Thanksgiving is always a family affair, this would be a nice addition.


Holly October 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm

This is such a wonderful idea! I love it!


Carly T October 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

This would be a great thanksgiving tradition to help instill the meaning of the holiday. It would be fun at the family dinner for everyone to fill out a leaf and put it on the tree.


amy lovell October 16, 2013 at 8:57 am

what a neat idea! Usually before the family meal we go around the table and say what we are thankful for, but I may try this tree instead.


Mer October 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Such a wonderful idea! This would make for a very special centerpiece for the children’s table.


Rachel N October 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

This is so cute! Going to try it next Thanksgiving.


Darlene Schuller October 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

This is a great idea! I know it’s a bit late for us to use for Canadian thanksgiving, but my husband is American & we celebrate 2 Thanksgivings lol, I am going to make this with the whole family for our American one next month! Thank you, I just love this entire part of your blog!


Teresa Claire October 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm

The Queen of DIY and crafty extraordinaire! This is just a very peaceful and kind craft…my daughter loves crafting so I will need to show her this. Maybe we can turn it into a Christmas project. Well done!


jessica s November 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

cool idea, makes a nice centerpiece too!


Cynthia Cover November 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm

A great idea so that kids can get into the spirit of being grateful and also giving


Sherri Lewis November 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I have been wanting to do something like this, but wasn’t real sure how to go about it…. thanks for these tips!


Maria Medeiros December 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Really beautiful!


Jaime Brown December 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Wow is that ever a great idea, and it looks so nice, what lucky kids you have. I would have loved to do this with my daughters. Thank you for sharing:)


Kathy April 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

This is a great idea not only for kids, but adults as well! A simple, yet powerful, visible reminder of how blessed we are!


kathy downey July 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

I like this little tree for anytime,thanks


Kelly August 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I love this. I think we take so many things for granted, and at Thanksgiving (if not more) it would be good to truly reflect on our blessings and give thanks. I think this is a great way to do it.


kathy downey August 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I am thinking of doing a Halloween tree


DARLENE W September 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

What a great idea, you don’t realise how much you are thankful for until it is right there in front of your face


kathy downey September 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

Simple yet beautiful


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