The Thankful Tree

Yay! We have another contributor post from you today! This one is from Hanna of The Caldwell Couple, she is wonderful and has come up with this Thanksgiving DIY for us! Without further ado… 


I’m excited and a little nervous for my first post here on Pretty Providence. I feel like I have some big shoes to fill! Today I’m going to step away from all the Halloween stuff and share with all of you my version of the Thankful tree and how you can incorporate it into your holiday home decor.

The Thankful tree has become a tradition in our home over the last couple of years. We set it up the 1st of November and everyday leading up to Thanksgiving we all write one thing we are grateful for on the back of a paper leaf and hang it on the tree. By Thanksgiving you have a beautiful and full tree of everything you are grateful for. This year I decided to create my Thankful tree to work as a center piece on our table that would be a great incorporation to our holiday decor plus be a fun addition to our Thanksgiving table spread.

So for the actual creating of the Thankful Tree…

What you’ll need:
tree branches
spray paint
scrapbook paper
leaf or circle punch

What I love about this project is that it’s as frugal as a DIY project can be since most of the supplies are things that people already have. As for the tree branches, use it as a time to take the kiddos on a walk and go search for some or find some right out of your backyard.

After gathering my tree branches I spray painted them white with some leftover paint I had laying around. If you don’t have any paint it will still look great leaving them with their “natural” look.

For the paper leaves to hang on the tree I had a friend who was kind enough to let me use her Cricut and cut these out on some fall-colored scrapbook paper. If you don’t have an electronic cutter or a friend who has one, using a circle punch would look just as good! Then I added some string to the leaves to hang them on the tree.

Position the branches the way you want in a vase and you’re ready to start thinking of all the things you’re grateful for to fill up that tree!

Wow, so cute! I am definitely going to make one of these this year. If you like this post you should check out this free printable and this post about making a gratitude list!

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    It is beautiful – thanks for the tutorial. Found this on Snap show and tell.

    Miranda @ Someday Crafts

    What a cool idea to help us remember to be grateful through this holiday season! We’ll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so come on by if you get a minute :)


    Such a wonderful idea!

    Ashley Ponder Richards

    I can’t wait to do this project!

    Pam from Over the Big Moon

    Love the leaf style! Such a fun look! Great job!

      Hanna Caldwell

      Thanks! In case you wanted to know I cut the leaves out from the Doodlecharms cricut cartridge.

    Rae Gun

    oh I love this! pinned


    It came together so perfectly Hanna! What a great idea!

    Sarah @ Pretty Providence

    Can’t wait to make my tree! I love the papers you chose. Where did you find them?!

      Hanna Caldwell

      Thanks! I already had the paper on hand but I want to say I originally got most of the paper from Hobby Lobby. I’m a sucker for scrapbook paper so I buy it from all sorts of places when I see some cute ones!