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Friday, November 2, 2012

Fun Jar #26: Thankful Tree

This week on Fun Jar Friday
Thankful Tree


This is a great activity that is not only fun and functional, but also it a good way to teach kids about what Thanksgiving is all about.  The idea is that each day you hang a reason you are thankful onto the tree. I first saw this idea on Family Fun and there's been several other versions around the web.  
Here's my version...


So first, find a branch with lots of character and remove any leaves.

If you want to, paint your branch. 

We wanted to give the branch a little sparkle so we sprayed it with spray adhesive and sprinkled glitter on it.  I used a cookie sheet to catch any excess glitter so that I didn't waste any.  Be sure when you spray the branch, that it's not over the cookie sheet, unless you want your cookie sheet to be glittery.

We found a nice vase and some pretty leaves on a bush outside.  Then we lined the vase with the leaves, leaving the middle open.  Hold the branch in the vase and place rocks around the branch.  
The leaves will hide the rocks and the rocks will keep the branch in place.

For the ornaments, I decided I wanted to do something different than leaves.  I used my Cricut Machine to cut 11 acorns and 11 pinecones.  One for each day until Thanksgiving.  
I found some cute ones on the Create a Critter cartridge.  

Then we punched a hole and threaded each ornament with a string, Each day one person gets a turn writing what they are thankful for on the ornament.

Then we hung the ornament on the tree.



Now each day we can watch out tree fill up with all the things we are thankful for!  
It also makes a great centerpiece for the table!






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19 comments:

  1. I don't see a SHARE button for Facebook... :(

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    1. ugh... now I see it... ;)

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    2. Oh good! Glad you found it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. What an adorable tree! I love those little leaves. Megan

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    1. Thanks, Megan! Those leaves are actually pinecones from my cricut. I'm am constantly amazed at what I can do with that thing! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. This is precious, and I love that it helps your children count their blessings this month.

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    1. Thanks, Bonny! My kids are really loving it and I love how excited they get to think of something they are thankful for. It really is a great tradition!

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  4. love the thankful tree!!! I'm hosting a Thanksgiving party all month long (until Thanksgiving) and would love for you to come over and link it up! This is in addition to my normal Tasteful Tuesday party that runs every Tuesday. Thank you for taking the time to celebrate Thanksgiving and be THANKFUL for all our blessings. http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2012/10/pull-apart-pumpkin-maple-bread-and.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Emily! I am all linked up over at your thanksgiving party. Thanks for the head's up!

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  5. I absolutely love this! And so will my daughter...she love's all holiday 'count-down' crafts and this one is beautiful.

    Great Idea, thanks!

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    1. Hey Kelly! Be sure to send us a picture of your thankful tree! We'd love to see it!

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  6. What a fun tradition to start! I would love to have you come share some of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…' There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    1. Thanks Mariel for letting me know! I'm all linked up over there now. Exciting about the big gift giving giveaway. Congrats on being a part of it!

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  7. I am loving seeing so many gratitude trees. Yours is absolutely beautiful. Are you aware of #21DaysofGratitude going on at Inspired by Family Magazine. I think you would be a great fit for it. We are enjoying participating.

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    1. Hey, Jennifer! I actually had not heard of 21 days of gratitude. Thanks for introducing it to me and Family Magazine. Lots of good stuff on there to browse through!

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  8. Thanks for linking up. Hope to see you again this week. We've also got a fun "Favorite Things" giveaway going on right now. Please check it out. www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    1. Thank YOU, Mariel, for all your work hosting! Always a treat stopping by your blog!

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  9. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I featured your thankful tree on my post yesterday :o) Love it!
    http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2012/11/my-thankful-tree-some-of-yours.html

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature, Emily! What a great gathering of Thankful Trees! Gives me lots of ideas for next year!

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