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How to make a Thankful Tree - CQ Nation

My family started a tradition a few years ago that I wanted to share with you. 

I was hosting Thanksgiving for the first time at my house and wanted to have a fun and visual way to express our gratitude.

I found this great idea while browsing Pinterest for cool Thanksgiving traditions.  The idea comes from  the blog Bargain Bound.

Here is what you will need.

- A Big Roll Of Brown Butcher Paper

- Fall Color Construction Paper

- Scissors

- Masking Tape

- Pencil

- Leaf Cutouts.  Check out our free printable for you here!

Free Leaf Printable – CQ Nation

Here is what you do.

  • Roll out the butcher paper to the height that you want your tree.
  • Next sketch a tree.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. 
  • Cut out your tree and tape it to the wall with masking tape.
  • Next, print out your free Leaf Cutout Printable. Free Leaf Printable – CQ Nation
  • Trace leaves onto fall color construction paper and cut them out.  The more leaves the better.
  • Then, tape the leaves to the base of your tree.

This is our tree, this year, before any leaves of thankfulness get added.

Thankful tree - CQ Nation

I usually put this up a week or so before Thanksgiving.  Everyday, leading up to the holiday, each household member (and anyone visiting our house) chooses a leaf from the pile and writes on it what they are thankful for.  Then we add it to our tree.

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, our tree is full of thankful leaves.  Any guest that joins us for the holiday, adds their leaf to the tree too. 

This is what our tree looked like last Thanksgiving as it started to fill with leaves.

Thankful tree - CQ nation

Having a tree full of gratitude is a beautiful site to see and a perfect reminder of what the holidays are all about.