Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thanksgiving Tree

I know at first glance it looks like a Christmas Tree,
but it's not,
it's a
Thanksgiving Tree.

Never seen or heard of a "Thanksgiving Tree?"
This is a new family tradition I'm starting.

I'm sure many of you have Thanksgiving traditions. One of ours is to have all the kids decorate Christmas Cookies while the meal is being cooked on Thanksgiving Day. Another is we always have a baked turkey and a deep fried turkey.

Sometimes it's hard to stay focused on all the good in our lives. This has been a tough year for many of our friends and family. Deaths, home foreclosures, unemployment, divorce, illness, injury, etc. These are trying times for many of the people we love.

The Thanksgiving Tree and the Gratitude Tags are to help me remember what is important and be thankful for what we have. We are so lucky and blessed, I wanted to take the time to acknowledge that. I try to begin and end my day with gratitude for all my blessings, but I wanted to doing something more concrete for Thanksgiving.

Gratitude Tags

I started with plain white tags from Michael's
My idea is to have my family write one thing a day they are thankful for on the back of the tag and hang them on the tree. On Thanksgiving we will read them during the meal.

I used sepia, green, and black stamp ink. I "aged" the tags by rubbing them with the sepia ink and used an assortment of stamps to create the images. So Easy! I think I might have Cami's Girl Scout Troop make these for their next activity.

Here are a few of the completed tags.

Attach the tags to the tree with raffia.

I used birds, dried hydrangeas, fruit, white pumpkins, silk cabbages,
feathers, and natural greenery.

I would love to hear what your
Thanksgiving Holiday traditions are?


  1. Looks great Shannon! Can't wait to see it in person!!

  2. Wonderful! Love the idea of the gratitude cards...would love to see them change over the years.
    Our thanksgiving tree changes each year: patriotic tree when daddy came home from deployment, peacock tree, "fall" tree with leaves, pine cones, etc. I guess I'm ever evolving but am grounded in my thanksgiving tree.


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