When we get into early November it hits me… The year is almost over. This is a great time to remind our kiddos that we have a lot to be thankful for and reflect on the past year! This DiY Thankful Tree activity keeps them involved all month and is a great decoration for the season.
What you need for your DiY Thankful Tree:
For the Tree
- A wire hanger
- A piece of cardboard
- Brown Paper Bags
- Elmers Glue
For the Leaves
- Construction paper (fall leaf colors)
- Hole punch
Started your DiY Thankful Tree:
Bend the Hanger to create your main trunk and a couple branches.
I taped the base to a cereal box here.
…It didn’t hold well, the glossy coat made it peel off.
So I moved it to a more sturdy piece of cardboard half way through.
This was difficult so I suggest having a good hold before getting started!
Take wire and twist around the hanger to create smaller branches.
Use tape to secure the branch from sliding down.
Continue this until you like the look of your tree.
Tear your paper bag into strips.
Now create a paper mache paste using glue and water.
I used a 1:1 ratio white school glue to water
Start dipping strips and wrapping your branches.
I found starting at the tips and working your way to the trunk worked best.
I used clothes pins to hold pieces from time to time.
I moved a piece of foil underneath to catch drips.
Cover the entire tree and trunk.
For the base take a big piece of bag and rip a slit in it.
Bunch it and bend it to form the “ground”
Trim the base, let it dry, and your thankful tree is complete!
Next the leaves.
You can use any shape you like. Punch a hole in each leaf.
I keep the leaves, a marker, scissors, and string next to the tree.
In the morning J writes what he is thankful for.
I tie on the string while he tells me about what he wrote.
Then he hangs his leaf on the tree.
Today he was thankful for video games, because “they are fun”
Yesterday it was candy, because “it is yummy”
He is 6 what can I say. As I told him, there are no wrong answers!
So here is our tree ready to be filled with thankful leaves.
By Thanksgiving, it will be full and a wonderful decoration for the holiday.
We are about halfway to Thanksgiving here is an updated tree.
Happy to report Mom, Pops, and family were added.
*2015 Update* This year we will be working backwards.
Starting with all of the leaves on the tree then adding them to a ring when all done.
This way J can look through his leaves after the season is over!
Teaching your kids to be thankful is the most important part of the season! I hope this DiY thankful tree activity can help!!
Love this idea!! Will definitely be doing this as soon as my kids can write!!!