Teach your family to Give Thanks. Thankful Tree #DIY #Craft

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I came across this idea on pinterest several weeks ago.  I knew this was something I wanted to do with my family for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Each night we will take turns thinking of something we are thankful for.  We’ll then write that thing on a thankful tag and hang it on our thankful tree.

The Thankful Tree is a super simple project I did using mostly things I had on hand.  Here is what you’ll need:

Mason jar (I used a washed commercial pickle jar. Spaghetti sauce jars also work well.)


Ribbon or Raffia

Gift Tags

Small, leafless tree branches

Jar filling (I used colored glass “rocks”)

Finding the sticks was the hardest part of the project for me.  Fall hasn’t really hit northern Louisiana yet, and most of the trees still have all their leaves on them. 🙂  If you live in a cooler part of the country you should easily be able to find some more attractive branches than I found.

You’ll need enough tags to have 1 tag for each day.  Tie a short loop of string to each tag.

Tie ribbon or raffia around the neck of the jar. Pour in rocks or whatever you choose to fill your jar with.  The jar filler will keep the branches from moving around. Arrange the branches in the jar with the blank tags around the base of the jar.

Enjoy being thankful as a family!

*Tip: Use this project again at Christmas! I plan on spray painting the branches silver or gold, hanging tinsel, and using snowflake tags for the thankful notes.


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  1. This is a super idea! I am going to do this with my family!
    • We had a little family lesson on it last night. My 2 year old could have cared less about it, but my 5 year old was so excited he insisted he be first to name something he was thankful for. I'm excited to do this every night. It will be a good exercise for all of us.
  2. Sandy VanHoey says
    What a super idea...love this. We have so much to be thankful for and this will be a wonderful reminder
  3. I really like this idea! It's a great way to really get your kids thinking about all that they have!
  4. Richard Hicks says
    This is a really good idea. Nice way to get everyone thinking about how fortunate they really are and also good lesson for kids. Looks good too!
    • Thanks Richard! I think it will be a great lesson for all of us. During this time it is so easy to get caught up in wanting that we often forget the many things we already have to be grateful for. My family was so excited to do this last night!
  5. This is such a great idea! I love it and would love to do something like this with my kids.
  6. I knew I saved those branches for a reason. Love this idea.
  7. This is such a fun idea!
  8. This is such a great idea. Definitely going to do this with my kids.
  9. Very cute!!! I've seen one that's a wreath and you pin your leaves on it. I think I'll do one for Christmas!
  10. super cute. Thanks for the idea xo
  11. Blessie Nelson says
    I really love these ideas esp because it teaches children the value of being grateful!
  12. I really like this idea! It’s a great way to really get your kids thinking about all that they have!