Celebrate What Really Matters This Thanksgiving with a Gratitude Tree

It’s really important to us that Lucas and now Amelia too understand that the holidays are about more than gifts and material things. That’s why last year, we put together a Gratitude Tree to celebrate Thanksgiving. At the beginning of November, we set out our tree and every day we each take turns writing what we’re thankful for on a paper leaf. We hang the leaf on the tree so that we can all see how blessed we are. It’s also a fun way to count down the days until Thanksgiving!


Here are

some of our leaves from last year…







Making a Gratitude Tree is super simple!

What You’ll Need

  • Branches
  • Floral styrofoam
  • Large container (we use an old coffee can)
  • Construction paper in autumn colors
  • String or yarn
  • Scissors


Place styrofoam in container. This will hold the branches in place. Stick the branches into the styrofoam. Cut out leaves (about 2-3 inches in length so there’s enough room to write). Punch a hole through each leaf and thread a piece of yarn or string through the hole and tie a knot.


  1. It’s so easy to get caught up in the petty annoyances in life that we forget to stop and really see how many blessings we have. Love your gratitude tree idea!

  2. Oh, I LOVE this idea! It seems reasonably simple that even the craft challenged like me could make one. I like the idea of writing one every day of November as a countdown to Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Nora Tarcau says:

      This is a very neat idea!!! I love family traditions! I thought about doing this with my kids this year, but I think I will wait until Corrie is 5 next year. I’ll let you know if I decide to do it this year:) thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I LOVE this! So simple and such an important practice for kids and adults alike. Did you know there are actually clinically proven HEALTH benefits to practicing gratitude, like reducing the risk of heart attack? It also helps people feel more optimistic and less bothered by setbacks (i.e. you can read into that and imagine that gratitude practicers are likely protected from depression.) I’m sure future will research will reveal even more benefits; for now, just knowing it FEELS good is enough proof that it’s a positive practice. LOVE how you’ve thought of a fun way to incorporate it into your kids’ lives.


  4. I love this idea so much!! I’m definitely doing this for Thanksgiving – it’s a great way to have a visual on all the blessings we have in our lives – sometimes it’s so easy to forget with the hustle & bustle of life!

  5. I love this idea for a wonderful family tradition at Thanksgiving. I’m sure it will make a nice conversation piece on the Thanksgiving table and put the focus on what matters most. Thanks!

  6. I love this idea. Gratitude is something important to incorporate in everyday life, and important to teach kids. This craft is so simple to do!

  7. This is sucha cute decoration object idea.


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