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My Thankful Tree

My Thankful Tree

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | November 8, 2012 | 10 Comments »

This year, as the girls are growing up, I really wanted a way to keep our hearts humble and grateful, and not just use Thanksgiving as the time to over eat and kill time before Christmas. I have really been enjoying the month of Thanks on Facebook – each day we share something we are thankful for. Its been really neat!

I’ve been looking for ways to help the girls join in on Thanksgiving, more than just the day. If you are a Pinterest fan or hang out in the DIY/design blogger community, Thankful Trees are super popular this year.  My friend Liz, at Naptime Decorator has a really cute one. I’ve seen some really cute ones, some big, some small, some using brown tags, other using white circles. But with all the concept is the same. You write down what you are thankful for and hang it on a tree or branches.

A large part of why I made the Sisal Rope Vase using concrete forms earlier this week was so that I could use it for my Thankful Tree. The vase itself looks super cute. Did you see it?!

Instead of plain tags, I am partial to glitter! Michael’s happened to have their glitter card stock 50% last week and I picked up a few sheets. I originally was going to use a couple of different, bright glitter colors, but ended up sticking with the neutrals, at least for the hand prints.

Then I traced the girl’s hands onto the back of the paper and cut out bunches of hands. The hope is that they look sorta like leaves. :)

While doing this, we chatted about what they were each thankful for. Izzie, our 3-year-old said-

  • Jesus
  • Lucy
  • Friends
  • Mommy and Daddy
  • God, Jesus’ Dad (so cute)

Lucy, our 22 month daughter, said:

  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Elmo
  • Izzie

It was a precious moment, for sure.

After writing down what the girls said they were thankful for, I dusted the backs with spray paint and glitter so both sides would sparkle! I also cut out some colorful circles to put on the tree too.

Then I went on the hunt for some pretty ribbon, with Izzie as my helper. She found some yarn and was obsessed with using it. She also said she plans to get some cats when she grows up and give it to them to play with.  HAHA

The girl’s thought it was a Christmas tree, but had a blast putting the thankful hands on the thankful tree. I think Izzie has repositioned them about a million times since then!

Well, Lucy was more of the peanut gallery than an actual helper, but she was still super cute.

And the final product….

What do you think? What are you thankful for this year?

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10 Responses to My Thankful Tree

  • paintergal responds...
    November 8th, 2012 10:21 am

    Again, love that you involve your girls especially in giving thanks.
    Btw, were you or Ethan redheads when you were young?


    Jocie Reply:

    I had reddish blonde hair, but not that red. And Ethan had really curly hair, so she’s a nice blend of both our genes. :)


  • frazzled5 responds...
    November 8th, 2012 10:36 am

    I am so inspired by this tree. We are going to make this. My children are young, maybe I will write down what they are thankful for and add these to a “thankful scrapbook'” each year. Thank you for always thinking outside the box.


    Jocie Reply:

    That’s a great idea – turning it into a scrapbook!!!


  • Ashley responds...
    November 8th, 2012 3:25 pm

    This is such a sweet idea! And it would be a great family annual tradition!


  • mspaulis responds...
    November 8th, 2012 4:21 pm

    Great idea!


  • Chris Paulis responds...
    November 8th, 2012 4:39 pm



  • trebor responds...
    November 9th, 2012 10:10 am

    Love the peanut gallery shot, haha!

    It’s easy to let the “meaning of the season” slip away (as corny as that sounds) so it’s refreshing to see you be intentional about reversing that.

    I’m thankful for new friends! Found out some neighbors that live right below me are a bunch of fun to hang out with so it’s been nice getting to know them


  • Naomi responds...
    November 10th, 2012 11:50 pm

    I’m thankful for YOU!!!!


  • Eek565 responds...
    November 13th, 2012 4:48 pm

    What a fun craft. I think I’ll do something like on one of our upcoming a rainy days. Though I suspect my kids might me a little less reverenet. Wes would probably say, “shows” (cartoons) and Viv would probably say “potato chips” if she could.


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