Thankful Tree

A Thanksgiving diy to help your family showcase what you’re thankful for. 

It’s November and our team at Houston Family has scoured the internet (you’re welcome) to find a crafty way to encourage your families to serve with a grateful heart.  HFM Mamas Casey Johnson & Nicki Gaylord share a creative way to engage your family to be a little crafty during the season of Gratitude.


  • tree branch
  • glitter
  • decorative craft paper
  • marker/pen
  • modge podge or glue
  • scissors
  • string
  • decorative glass container
  • hole punch
  • decorative bow
  • paint brush
  • fall potpourri/decorative filler


  1. Using your glue and a paint brush, coat your container where you would like to decorate with glitter. 
  2. Once your area is painted with the glue, sprinkle glitter generously on the area. Set aside to dry. 
  3. Gather a piece of craft paper, fold in half. Using a pencil, draw your half leaf design(s) on the fold. Cut and repeat. (We used glitter coated craft paper to add a little bling.)
  4. Using your hole punch, add holes to your leaves. (Add string for ornaments or slide directly onto the branches)
  5. Have your family write what they are “thankful” for on each of the leaves. 
  6. Add your branch and filler to your glass container. Your tree is ready to decorate!
  7. Hang your finished leaves of gratitude on your tree.
  8. Finish off your Thankful Tree  contianer with a decorative holiday bow and use as a table center piece for the whole family to enjoy. 
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