Our Thankful Tree

Every year, when we were kids, my mom would tape leaves to the back of our door and we would write what we were thankful for on them.  I think it was a great tradition and it’s something I want to carry on with my family.  Taking time to think about all the blessings God has given us is so important and it really makes us think about what is important in our lives.

This is the thankful tree I made last year but this year I thought I’d do something a little different. 

I like having the thankful tree on the door so as we come and go, we are reminded of how much we have to be thankful for.  Using my Silhouette I cut out this large tree and one of Malea’s memory verses.


Last year instead of using leaves, I traced Malea’s hand prints and glued them on the tree.  I like using the hand prints because each year I can see how much she’s grown, so this year I did the same thing.  Malea and I sat down and traced her hand and then she “helped” me cut them out.  Hers didn’t quite look like a hand when she was done so I cut the rest of them out.

When we were done cutting we wrote on the hands some of the things we are thankful for.  Now that she is learning how to write in school, she even helped me do the writing.


Once we were done with a few of the hands I hung them up on the tree.  We still have some blank hands, so as we think of more things we are thankful for, we can add them to the tree.


I love the things that little girls are thankful for. {smile}

We have so much to be thankful for and I’m sure we could fill up 10 of these trees but because of a lack of space we are settling to fill up just one tree.

What do you think of our Thankful Tree?  Do you have a tradition of giving thanks during the month of Thanksgiving?  If you do, I’d love to hear about it!

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"Hi I'm Anna! Welcome to Ask Anna where I love to answer your household questions! I have always loved to clean, organize and decorate and this blog is a fun way for me to help you love it too! I am a busy mom of a beautiful little girl and I'm married to the love of my life. Together we fill our days with projects , laughter and love. I serve an incredible God and overall I'd say I'm truly blessed!"

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  1. I love the visual and heart beauty of your Thankful Tree. In our family we have a tradition of making care kits for the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. The children fill the kits with either breakfast or personal care items (we do different themes each year) and then add a note or picture. You can read about our tradition here: http://organized31.blogspot.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-care-kits.html.

  2. So sweet!! What a great idea to have everyone tell what they are thankful for!! Thanks!!

  3. Roxanne Thomas says:

    What a wonderful idea! I love that!

  4. Marilyn H. says:

    Love love love your thankful tree- I thought about doing something very similar using construction paper and leaves since I don’t have a Cameo- and having any guest that we had over during November also add to the tree. We have in the past few years made a chart of something we are thankful for each day- each family member had to write what he/she was truly thankful for that day not just what they thought they should be thankful for. This year I ended up letting this activity slip through the cracks but I do write on my facebook page daily what I am thankful for. I think being thankful in November makes me truly realize that I don’t reall NEED anything for Christmas!!!
    Thanks for sharing with your audience! I enjoy reading!

    • I LOVE the idea of having guest add to the tree too! I wish I’d thought of that! Thank you!!! I’ll have to start that and make it a new part of our tradition. :)

  5. Did you have a pattern for the tree? I’m not able to figure that part out.

    • I downloaded a tree pattern from the Silhouette store. If you’d like to know the exact one, I’d be happy to look it up for you. :)

  6. What a cute idea! I love it. Next week on The CSI Project is the Thansgiving crafts, Food and Gratitude challenge. Come link this up and you may WIN!
    Link up begins Wednesday. Tutorials Monday-Wednesday.

    • Thank you so much Dee! I’m sorry I missed it, we were out of town. :( Means a lot that you thought I might win! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  7. we are doing this at church this month – using a large bulletin board in a central hallway (visible as you enter the front doors). the tree is made of overlapping hand prints (signifying hands uplifted in praise) and everyone was challenged to add items to the tree on paper leaves that I punch cut out of various colors of construction paper (approx 2 1/2 inches, which forces brevity). it’s been encouraging to see just how many things we as a church family have to be thankful for & as each person adds an item it spurs others on to consider how God has similarly blessed them. small children simply drew homes and pets on the leaves, allowing them to participate in this corporate giving of thanks. normally shy people were able to offer public testimony in this way too, so it was a blessing all around. I’m so glad to know others do this too.

  8. Love your tree! How did you cut the tree stencil. I have a rather large stencil I’m creating and I’m not quite sure how to do it. It will need to be cut in two pieces.

    • I cut it with my Silhouette but I also had to cut it in two pieces and then line them up to put them together. If you don’t have a Silhouette you could just draw a tree onto vinyl and then cut it by hand. :)