DIY Thankful Tree – Kid’s Thanksgiving Craft

We’ve made this Thankful Tree a Thanksgiving tradition for our family. It is an easy craft and a great conversation starter. It reminds us that this is a time for us to come together as a family and talk about what we are thankful for. Afterwards, you have a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. 


You will need:

  • Fall colored construction paper.
  • Sticks.
  • Scissors.
  • Any kind of string. We used twine.
  • Vase.
  • Hole punch.
  • Leaf. (optional)
  • Pine cones. (optional)


The kids went on a nature hunt to find the perfect set of sticks and a leaf to use as a template. The size that you need will depend on how big you want your thankful tree. Pine branches worked out really well for us. The kids found some nice size sticks with lots of little branches. They even picked out a branch with a pine cone on it. I left it there because it was a cute addition to the thankful tree. Then they picked up some pine cones to add in the vase which looks pretty and helps keep the sticks in place.  
We used a real leaf to trace around on the construction paper, cut it out, and then used that one as a template for the rest. 

Next, we all wrote what we are thankful for on the leaves. It made me proud to see that they were writing things like family, friends, our house, and God. But it was fun to throw in ones like Star Wars too. It is interesting to see what they will come up with each year. 

Punch a hole in each leaf and then tie your string on it so it is ready to hang. Tuck your branches in the vase and add your thankful leaves. I added a string of battery-powered LED lights to the branches, too. 

It got hectic at times with a one year old that wants to help, but I am so thankful for that time together. 

Check out the video from last year to get a visual of how we made our tree.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. And send us pictures of your thankful tree.


Beth is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom and photographer. She spends her days coming up with creative ways to inspire and teach her two oldest kids. Let’s be honest though, a big part of the day is spent chasing after the smallest one. She hopes to spread goodness and magic with her DIYs, recipes, and tips. Follow her on Instagram @PaperAngelsPhotos

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