Thanksgiving Ideas

New Thanksgiving Tradition: Create a Thankful Tree

Give thanks in a new way this holiday season. Invite friends and family to share what they are most thankful for by creating a thankful tree that can take center stage throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Materials Needed:

  • package of 36 large, die-cut paper leaves
  • black gel pens
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • spool of baker's twine
  • 2 bunches of curly willow
  • postcard paper
  • picture frame
  • package of crayons
  • colored pencils
  • tall, sturdy vase

Punch Leaves

Look for a colorful mix of paper die-cut leaves in fall hues of orange, red, yellow and brown. The more variety in color and shape, the better your tree will look. Using a hole punch, make a hole at the base of each leaf.

Cut Twine and Thread Through Leaves

Cut baker's twine into three-inch strips. Thread the cut twine through the hole in each leaf. Bring both ends of the twine together to create a loop and knot at the top of the loop. Tip: Purchase twine in a variety of colors, from gold to silver to black and white. The twine can add to the colorful mix on your thankful tree.

Create an Instructional Postcard

Using your computer, develop a customized postcard to introduce guests to the purpose of the tree. Choose white 4" x 6" postcard paper. Type a special note to your guests and ask them to write what they are thankful for. Print the notecard, and place it in your favorite 4" x 6" frame in front of the tree.

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