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How to Make a Thankful Tree for Thanksgiving

The Thankful Tree is a simple craft that you will want to make a new family tradition. Follow our simple steps to create your own for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is about family and friends (with some turkey and football thrown in there too)! 

I’m all about making memories with my family and wanted to add a way for us to share what we are grateful for each year. 

The Thankful Tree became a new tradition in our home a couple of years ago. 

Usually, my teens think my ideas are boring. LOL

But with this one, they didn’t complain…at all!

One point for mom! 

And as a bonus, we get to share this new family tradition with our friends and family who come for Thanksgiving dinner.

Sharing what we are thankful for with our friends and family makes the Thanksgiving holiday even more special.

Don’t you agree?

When you add a Thankful Tree to your home you’re creating a new holiday tradition that everyone will enjoy.

What is a Thankful Tree?

thankful tree in galvanized bucket on black table in front of mirror

It’s really a super simple idea!

Family and friends can write down what they are grateful for on a tag to display on the tree.

It’s such a special way to bring your family together and remember all we have to be thankful for.

Our version of the Thankful Tree would make a perfect centerpiece for your dining table.

Or you can put it on your kitchen island.

Or maybe a foyer entry table.

No matter where you display your Thankful Tree, it’s sure to add to your fall home décor in any space!

Not hosting dinner this year?

No worries…just display the tree at home and have your family add a new tag with what they are thankful for throughout the month of November.

What Supplies Will You Need

Thankful tree on wood table with small galvanized bin with kraft paper tags

Our Thankful Tree is easy to put together with a few basic supplies. 

I know it’s not even Halloween yet but you may want to grab a few things soon before all the fall décor is gone at your local craft store.

People seem to be shopping earlier and earlier for each season these days!

Supplies Needed:

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How to Make a Thankful Tree

galvanized tray with kraft paper and chalkboard tags

Follow These Easy Directions:

1. Place Stems/Branches in Container

fall stems laying on table next to galvanized bucket

Depending on the size of your container you may need to trim the fall stems.

But if you are able to bend the stem that’s a better option so you can reuse them in other projects or containers.

I was able to bend the bottoms of my stems to secure them tightly, so they stood upright in my vase. 

Tip – to keep your stems from falling over, use newspaper stuffed down inside the flower container to help hold them straight

2. Use Burlap at the Top of the Container

thankful tree in white ceramic pitcher

I used a scrap piece of burlap I had leftover from a previous project to hide the open top of the flower container.

The first year I made the Thankful Tree I used this white pitcher which had a wide opening.

So using the burlap looked pretty!

But then I found the tall galvanized flower bucket that had a more narrow top so I skipped this step.

It really just depends on your flower container and the look you are going for!

3. Make Thankful Tree Tags

galvanized tray with kraft paper and chalkboard tags

I already had kraft paper and a paper punch so I just made my own Thankful Tree tags.

But you can also purchase premade tags at any craft store.

Easy peasy!

Once the tags are made attach jute twine to the tags.

Using a paper hole punch make a hole at the time and tie the twine in a loop for easy hanging.

close up of thankful tree with chalkboard tag hanging from it

Another alternative to the Kraft tags are these fun wood chalkboard tags.

Aren’t they super cute?!

close up of small galvanized bucket with kraft paper tags inside

4. Place Tags in Small Container

This little galvanized bucket with the chalkboard label is the perfect place to put all your blank Thankful Tree tags.

Just add your own personal message to the front!

Then have all of your friends and family write what they are thankful for this year and hang on your Thankful Tree for all to enjoy.

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I hope your friends and family enjoy adding to your Thankful Tree this year!

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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Saturday 14th of November 2020

Thank you for taking the time for this Day it seems to be hurried along to get to Christmas, Its nice to see those who stop and really make it special!Thank you for this thought !


Monday 16th of November 2020

Hi Cindi - Thanks so much for your kind words. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to remember all we are grateful for but I do certainly love the twinkling lights and magic of Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday season!