The Thankful Tree is far from a brand new idea–I’ll admit that from the get-go. However, this version of it serves as a damn good centerpiece that will force your guests into socializing and thinking about more than how to secure a turkey leg at the Thanksgiving table. The basic idea is this: Each guest takes a paper leaf (or a simpler shape if you’re feeling a little lazy), and writes their name on one side and something that they’re thankful for on the other. Then, everyone hangs their leaf on the tree. Going around to share “kumbaya” style is up to your discretion.
For this DIY, you’ll need the following:
- A large vase or other container
- A paper towel or toilet paper tube
- Cardstock paper (color or colors of your choice)
- Twine or ribbon
- Twigs/Sticks from the yard
- Acorns (get pickin’)
- Stencils (leaf shaped or other festive shapes)
- White and gold paint (to paint the sticks)
- A small set of battery operated lights
- Any other decorative crap you might have lying around. Go crazy!
Step 1: Put on a coat and some dark colored jeans, grab a bucket, and go collect as many acorns as you can find. It’s like an autumnal easter egg hunt…minus the candy…and the fun. Don’t worry, this will be worth it! (Option 2: send your kids if you have them. If you are childless, offer to babysit for the neighbors and bend a few child labor laws!)
Step 2: Put your paper towel tube in the center of your vase. This is going help make those acorns you just collected go a lot farther.
Step 3: Start pouring in those acorns! Go only about halfway up the paper towel tube, and try not to get any inside the tube. I have faith in you.
Step 4: Take your sticks, and stick ’em in the vase, keeping the bases inside the paper towel tube. Now pour the rest of the acorns into the vase. You’ll want them to go up as high as possible for maximum stability.
Step 5: Trace some leaves/other shapes and punch holes in the top of them. Then tie a small piece of twine or ribbon through through the hole to make a little hanger thing. I used twine because I’m rustic AF.
Step 6: Write what you’re thankful for and hang it on the tree! Get your friends and family and dog to do the same! Force everyone to feel warm and fuzzy…then go eat some more pumpkin pie.
Congrats, you’re a crafter! I sincerely hope that you succeeded at this and can successfully force all of your friends and family to write your name as their addition to the thankful tree. If they don’t, keep all the pie for yourself. Happy Thanksgiving!