Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankful Tree

Finally, part II of the "Give Thanks" post I did last week.  I came across the idea of a "Thankful Tree" quite a while ago and I haven't forgotten.  The idea is to have leaves that the kids write on each day, stating something they are thankful for during the month of November, placed on the branches.

For this project I needed brown butcher paper, paper leaves of various colors, and painter's tape.  I started by taping the butcher paper on the wall and drawing the trunk and branches.


Here are the leaves I am using.  I used the die cut machine at work (school) to cut them out.


Here is what the wall looks like right now.


Each night, the kids will take a leaf and write something they are thankful for on it.  Then they will place it up on a branch of the tree.  The leaves are taped on the wall using painter's tape.  By the end of the month the tree will be filled with colorful leaves and thankful thoughts.

21 comments:

  1. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!

    http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/2011/10/for-this-weeks-party.html

    Smiles,
    Melanie

    Reasons To Skip The Housework {The Blog}
    Tinker B Boutique {The Shop}

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  2. I absolutely adore this idea. Looks like I found my next project.

    Abrazos,
    Sapphire
    www.mypollitos.wordpress.com

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  3. What a great project! I bet your kids just love it! What a great way to help them think about what they are thankful for. Happy to have found your blog :)

    www.smithpeas.com

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  4. Love your project- it's so charming! Stopping by from Shabby Nest- I host a decorating party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to come share sometime! :)

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  5. What a great little family project! Cute Cute Cute!


    thefaultypen.blogspot.com

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  6. This is such a great idea!! Thank you so much for sharing (Im going to pin you to my Holiday Crafting Board!! :))

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  7. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. You are being featured today at Lines Across.
    :)Rachel
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/11/cure-for-common-monday-16.html

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  8. Just stopping back by to follow you along and say thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  9. Silly question, but can you post a picture of your whole kitchen? We just bought a house that has your same cabinets and I am wanting to redecorate but am having a hard time coming up with a color scheme. From what I can see in this picture, I really like yours!

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  10. This is so cool!Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This may be a silly question, but where did you get the butcher paper?

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    1. Not a silly question at all. I'm a teacher and I took some paper from work (Shhhh...) However, if you have a teacher supply store near you, you can probably find some on a roll there. It's called "fadeless paper" in teacher-lingo.

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    2. There isn't a teacher store in my area anymore. (It recently closed. Sigh) However, I have found rolls of brown packaging paper at Dollar trees. If the color isn't as dark as you would like add some by brushing on brown water colors.

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  12. I think I am going to do this but opposite. The leaves will start out at the top and then make their way to the bottom! Thank you for the really lovely idea for showing kids about gratefulness and thanksgiving!!

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  13. I love this! I am going to paint a tree on our sliding glass door, and then stick the leaves on that :)

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  14. Hi! Very cute project! I'm a contributing writer for SimplyBeingMommy.com. I'm working on a round-up of ideas teaching thankfulness. Could I include your tree on our site?

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    1. Hi Melanie...sorry for the delay. I've been under the weather for the last few days. I would love it and be honored if you included my tree on your site.

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  15. awesome idea. thanks for sharing.

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  16. This is such a wonderful project to do with the kids!!! Love it!

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