Here is our Tree of Thanksgiving we made. As a family we wrote things we are thankful for on each leaf and hung them on the tree. It is now sitting in the middle of our kitchen table and when we say grace we read the leaves and thank God for all of our blessings. This is a project I loved from beginning to end. Obviously the part I love best is giving thanks, but on a crafty note, I also really like how our tree came out.
Supplies: posterboard (for the tree), paint, cardstock (for the leaves), construction paper (to make template), ribbon or raffia, hot glue, scissors, hole punch, marker
To make the tree you first want to draw out a stencil of the basic tree design. You want to have a bit of a dip in the center piece. (Don’t be thrown off by all the orange paper. The stencil and the tree really are different pieces; we just have a ton of orange paper).
Use your stencil to make two copies of the tree on posterboard or foamboard, depending on what you prefer. I used orange posterboard since that’s what we had on hand and I thought it would work well painting it brown. You could certainly skip the painting step and just go with brown board. Different colors will give you different looks.
You need to make a cut in the top of one and the bottom of the other. And you will want the cuts to match up. I just went to the halfway point on each. It might have worked between if I cut only down 1/3 from the top on one and up 2/3 from the bottom on the other.
I then reinforced the pieces with hot glue so the cuts weren’t quite as important. You just need the pieces to fit together evenly so that it will stand up.
Cut additional branches as necessary. I added four branches, one for each middle space.
Then hot glue the additional branches in.
Paint the tree. You just need to be careful because if it gets too wet the whole thing can fall apart. We just painted it lightly and quickly. Just know that as you paint the branch pieces might start to curl. I just made sure to quickly paint the other side. Then I used a hair dryer to help it dry a little before propping it up. You could certainly skip the painting step. However, I kind of liked how it made the branches curl up and change shape a little. It also kept all the branches from all being lined up straight.
For the leaves I used my cricut to cut them out of cardstock. You could also just as easily draw your own or search a stencil online. And then I used raffia for the ribbon hangers.
Then we just hung the leaves on the tree, reading each as we went along. Like I said before we keep it in the middle of the table and refer to it when we say grace.