Fall Craft: Thankful Tree

October 29, 2014 | by stephanie toews

The leaves are falling, the temperature dropping, and in the October 2014 issue of Simply Family Magazine we shared 8 Activities Perfect for Fall. Taking those ideas further, throughout the month we've shared tips on Pumpkin Decorating and how to make Acorn Treats with the kids (a perfect fall snack), but when we think of fun fall activities, it's counting our blessings that is near the top of the list! With Thanksgiving just a month away, why not start a Thankful Tree tradition with the family and add to it as you countdown the days to Thanksgiving?

Supplies Needed:

  • Branches and sticks from the yard
  • Glass vase or pot
  •  Vase filler (I used acorns and grapevine nests)
  •  Twine
  •  Die cut leaves or cards to write on
  •  Hole punch
  •  Pen/Marker


  1. Gather branches and sticks from outside and arrange them in a vase
  2. If you’re using a glass vase, add pinecones, acorns or moss as filler to add interest in the bottom of the vase
  3. Punch holes in your die cut leaves or cards
  4. String a loop of twine through leaves
  5. Have each member of the family write things they are thankful for this year
  6. Hang them on the tree and enjoy a simple, beautiful reminder of all the things money can’t buy

You can add your own unique touches to the thankful tree. Try hanging a few pictures of family members on it. Make it a morning activity before your busy day begins. Get creative and take time to remember how richly blessed you are!