Family Thanksgiving Tree DIY

Our boys nightly thank God for the day’s blessings, however lately we’ve noticed that their prayers typically include the same things (just in a different order) night after night. My husband and I decided to look for a way to encourage them to think of new and less obvious things in their day/lives to be thankful for; we are thrilled that our Thanksgiving Tree is doing just that!

Our Family Thanksgiving Tree sits in the center of the dining room table with a small jar of leaves, clips, and a marker next to it to make this a convenient reminder for the month of November. Because dinner time is our family meal time, we decided for each member of our family to add a leaf to the Thanksgiving Tree each evening at dinner. One of my favorite things about our Thanksgiving Tree is that is calls our family to reflect on our all the things we have to be thankful for that we typically overlook in our days. The only rule to our tree is that you can’t repeat something already on the tree.

Looking for a great way to foster thanksgiving in the hearts of your family this November? Follow these directions to make your own Family Thanksgiving Tree.


  • vase
  • sticks or branches (from outside or can be purchased from a craft store)
  • fall garland branches (optional)
  • small leaves (foam or paper work best)
  • mini clothes pins {How cute are these!}
  • filler for the vase (pinecones, autumn colored tissue paper, potpourri, etc.)
  • marker


1. Begin by filling your vase with the filler of your choice. (We used autumn potpourri and love the Fall smell it pours into our dining room.)

2. Cut and or break your sticks/branches into your desired size and secure them down into the filler in the vase. Include your fall garland branches if you choose to use them.

3. Ask your family to share a few things they are thankful for and write them down on the leaves. Have each person clip their leaves onto the tree. Set up a good routine time each day when you can add a leaf/leaves to the tree.


I am sharing our Family Thanksgiving Tree DIY in the Thankful Series hosted by NY Melrose Family this week.  

 Be sure to watch for more fantastic Thanksgiving ideas ALL week: 

Here is yesterday’s fantastic Simple Thanksgiving Placemats for Kids from Trish over at Uncommon Design

Don’t forget to visit my sweet friend Trish over at Mom on Timeout tomorrow!

She’s so creative, I can’t wait to see what she has to share! See you all there tomorrow! :)


  1. I absolutely LOVE this! Such a great idea. I’m going home tonight to put this together, I just love it so much!

  2. I love doing this! We did this last year, and it was my fav time of the day… We got a late start, but we caught up over supper and I love that we take time to discuss each thing that is put on the tree. Its always so hard for me to start…. I am thankful for sooooo much!!

  3. I love your thanksgiving tree. I shared one on my site this week, too. I like that yours doubles as a beautiful centerpiece for the table. I’m visiting from Have a great week! (pinning)

  4. I almost forgot! I’m hosting a huge Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun Linky Party at It’s hosted by seven different sites. I’d love it if you linked this great idea to share with all of our readers.

  5. What a great idea. I love that you can send the kids out to find sticks so they can help put this all together too. Thanks so much for linking up to the Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun link party!

  6. Love this, Mackenzie. Great work!

  7. I love this idea. You have made it look even better than the ones I have seen. I would love for you to join me for the November Family Challenge at True Aim. Hope to see you there :)

  8. Amanda Christensen says:

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Wonderful idea! Awesome that you are fostering such thankful hearts as well.

  10. I’ll be featuring this idea tomorrow on Be sure to stop by One Creative Weekend to grab a feature button.

  11. What a pretty tree! I love that it ends up being filled with thankfulness!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing your Thankful tree at our Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun Party! Stop by to see it featured today! Feel free to grab my button to let everyone know you were featured!
    House on the Way

  13. This is such a great idea!! I love having everyone have a way to showcase what they are thankful for and it’s a pretty decoration too!


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