I am responsible for arranging crafts for my MomsNext group, and while searching for fun Fall ideas on Pinterest lately, I found this idea and loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you...
(With American Thanksgiving fast approaching, this is the craft that I found to make for our group BUT for those of you in other countries, you could still use it as a decor item to go in your home, it's still such a wonderful idea)
Make a THANKFUL Tree...
It's Easy and Fun (would be great to make with your kiddos too) and a Great Way to Remember to Be Thankful to God for all He Has Blessed You With!!
...AND you can use items you have already.
What you will need:
*paper scraps for the leaves
*branches you find in your yard
*a vase or other vessel you already have on hand
*twine or ribbon to tie on leaves
*small hole punch
*markers (to write on your leaves)
*if needed, fill it with small rocks or dry beans to hold it in place
*a leaf punch (or just cut out leaf shapes on your own,
or use this one I found on Pinterest from the Cranial Hiccups blog)
it looks like this...
Here are three examples of Thankful Trees I found on Pinterest...
(from the Happy Housewife blog)
(from Better Homes and Gardens: bhg blog)
(from Over the Big Moon blog)
*Start by securing your branch(es) in your vase/vessel. You can paint the branch(es) if you want or keep them natural.
*Then cut out (or punch out) your leaves out of paper, or cut out from the template.
*Punch holes in your leaves and make a hanger with twine or ribbon.
How to Use your Thankful Tree:
Throughout the month of November, have one person in your family write something or someone they are thankful for on a leaf each day--take turns. Then on Thanksgiving Day read all the different leaves to your group.
Use your Thankful Tree as a centerpiece and have everyone who attends write a thankful message on a leaf (make sure you have markers there). Then share the responses after the meal.
Leave it up (you can adapt it to your own decor) for a fall decor piece.
Just remember to be thankful for all He has blessed you with...
(also, if you haven't already, see Karla's post from a few weeks ago about this)