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.

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

Sharing what we are thankful for with our friends and family makes the Thanksgiving holiday even more special. The Thankful Tree would make a perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Not hosting dinner this year? No worries…just display the tree at home then have your family add a new tag with what they are thankful for throughout the month of November. The Thankful Tree adds to your fall home decor in any space.

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

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.  The Thankful Tree became a new tradition in our home a couple of years ago.  Usually, my teens think my ideas are boring but with this one, they didn’t complain.  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.

Let’s Make The Thankful Tree

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 decor is gone at your local craft store.

Supplies Needed:

  • Fall Stems from your local craft store (or even use real ones from your yard)
  • Pitcher or Container
  • Burlap
  • Kraft Paper
  • Paper Punch
  • Hole Punch
  • Twine
  • Small bucket to hold tags
galvanized tray with kraft paper and chalkboard tags


  • Place branches in a container.  Depending on the size of your container you may need to trim the branches. I found mine at hobby lobby and was able to bend the bottoms to secure them tightly, so they stood upright in my vase.  You could also use newspaper stuffed down in the vase to help hold them straight.
fall stems laying on table next to galvanized bucket
  • Use a scrap piece of burlap to cover the top of the container.  I did this the first year when I used this white pitcher which had a wide opening. But then I found the tall galvanized bucket that had a more narrow top so I skipped this step.
thankful tree in white ceramic pitcher
  • Create thankful tags using a paper punch and kraft paper.  I already had kraft paper and a paper punch so I just made my own, but you can also purchase premade tags at any craft store.
  • Attach jute twine to tags. Just punch a hole with a paper punch at the top of your tag and tie twine in a loop for easy hanging.
galvanized tray with kraft paper and chalkboard tags
  • Another alternative to the kraft tags are these fun wood chalkboard tags I found these at Michaels.
close up of thankful tree with chalkboard tag hanging from it
  • Place tags in a small container.  The buckets I used were found in the dollar section at Target.  Love this little galvanized bucket with the chalkboard label.
close up of small galvanized bucket with kraft paper tags inside
  • Have friends and family write what they are thankful for and then hang on your Thankful Tree for all to enjoy.
close up of thankful tree in front of mirror

Just in case you can’t find any of the items at your local craft store I’ve found comparable items on Amazon and listed them below for you! 👍

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Hope your friends and family enjoy adding to your Thankful Tree this year.

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