Thankful Tree (from one paper bag)

Every year we put up a Thankful Tree. I can’t remember how long we have done this for but it is something I enjoy each year. I am also happy to see it is an idea that has caught on and lots of other people are making their own thankful trees. The way we use ours is on November 1st as we take down the ancestor altar we put up our trunk and branches of the tree. At dinner when we ask what are you thankful for today. This is fun and a slight variation of our normal “what was your favorite thing about today?” question. Each night we write the what we are thankful for on leaves and I put them up.

This of course works swimmingly as November’s theme for Little is Gratitude.

This morning I hunted around for the trunk I made last year. I am sure I put it somewhere safe but I guess it was to safe 🙂 After deciding that I would not lose my mind over such matters I decided to make a new trunk. I found a paper grocery bag that Little had colored on as gift wrap last year and we never used.



I cut the sides out.


like so


Then I cut each side in half along the fold line.


I crumpled and twisted up the strips and decided I wanted more so I cut either on of the bigger sides off the bag and cut it into strips and crumpled and twisted it.


I gave the remaining large part of the bag some curves more like a tree.


used scotch tape. (see some of the art)


I wanted to give the middle branches a little more height so I add in the part of the bag I cut to make curves for the trunk. I used copious amounts of scotch tape to put it up and there it is on our Kitchen door waiting for us to add lots and lots of leaves.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Littlest Druid and commented:
    This is wonderful to do

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