Nov 23, 2011

Thankful Tree

I have seen many of these around the blogosphere and pinterest. I figured that this could be another Thanksgiving craft that I could pull together with what I already had on hand.

All I needed was:

some sticks
brown spray paint
glass container
white beans
brown lunch bags
embroidery floss

First, I raided our yard for some sticks/branches.

Then I spray painted them (I know you are starting to ask yourselves, "what doesn't she spray-paint...the answer not much). This took a couple of coats. I know it is ironic that I painted branches brown, but I wanted them darker than their natural color.

Next I found some brown lunch sacks. I cut them up so that I could have "paper" to trace and cut leaves out of.

I googled leaf templates. Found two leaves that I liked and I printed them off and then cut them out. I traced them onto the sheets of brown lunch sacks. I could fit 2 per sheet.

Before I cut them out, I stitched round my tracing lines with brown thread and my sewing machine. I then erased the pencil tracing marks. Then I cut out the leaves and punched a hole in the top.

I threaded the hole with a piece of embroidery floss, then tied it to make a loop.

Then I wrote down things our family was thankful for.

After all our leaves were done, we hung them on the branches that I had placed in a glass container filled with white lima beans.

Now we have a perfect little thankful tree to add to our house's Thanksgiving feel.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Sympliredd said...

Girl... where do you find the time to do all this... You are so darn creative. Love all the pictures of the boys... sooo cute and adorable. Looks like you are settling in nicely. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. XOXO from Charlotte, NC

Jaimee @ Havenwood House of Boys said...

I've seen lots of thankful trees, but the simplicity of yours is so beautiful! Your stitched paper bag leaves are lovely : ) I'm sharing this in a 5 for Friday roundup of Thanksgiving Countdowns on my blog tomorrow, with one pic and a link back to this post. Great job girl! Thanks for being inspiring : )

The Domesticated Princess said...

I love the look of this thankful tree. I really want to make one for my family this year as we've never done one. I've got some free time tomorrow evening, so I think we'll be searching for our sticks and paper bags! Thanks for the tutorial.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...


Thanks you! Hope it was a successful project!


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