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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

{month of thanksgiving} blessing tree & more...

 November is the month of Thanksgiving, where we make that extra effort to show how thankful we are for how much we have been given--counting our blessings.  During the month I love to have a visual reminder of these blessings, and have a way that my kids can get involved with the process.  

We live far away from any family, and so often times we will get together with close friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  A few years ago this was the case, and we planned weeks in advance who was to bring what.  I was excited, because not only did it lessen my cooking for the day, but I was going to be able to spend it with such wonderful people. The day came, and that morning we received a call that the host family (the entire family) had come down with the flu. We all rallied together, packaged our individual food offerings, and delivered them to each family. My dear friend Brook had also made the most darling "blessing trees" for each family, and as we sat around the table as a family talking about how much we had been blessed with, this little tree was the perfect centerpiece.

 

This tree is SO fun, and perfect for any size space.  It can fit on a countertop, mantle, as a table centerpiece, or on a kitchen island. Fill out a few leaves every day, and soon your tree will be filled with blessings! This can be used from year to year--just make new leaves.  You could even save the leaves from each year, which would be a really fun way to look back on the years. A huge thank you to Brook, for making the tree, and letting me share her fabulous idea!

{Blessing Tree}


ITEMS YOU NEED:   
  • terra cotta pot
  • green floral foam
  • floral moss
  • ribbon
  • yellow, red, brown cardstock
  • leaf template 
  • branches
 DIRECTIONS: 

1.  Cut a piece of floral foam to fit securely into the bottom of your pot.  
2.  Go searching in your yard for the perfect branches! If you don't have any in your own yard, craft or hobby stores may carry a few options for you.
3. Poke your branches into the foam, and cover the foam with the moss.
4.  Tie your ribbon around the edge of the pot.  Brook found the perfect ribbon at Michael's--it says "blessings".
5.  Print your leaves on to the colored paper, then cut them out!  If you have Silhouette, Cricut, Lifestyle Epic, or other die cut system, that would also work. Punch a hole at the top of each leaf, then tie on a loop of jute or twine.



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Here are a few more really great thankful ideas!!!

 
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Crap I've Made


Domestic Fashionista


This and That Creative


Infarrantly Creative



8 Comments:

Blogger ... said...

Adorable!!!

November 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger ms.composure said...

omg such a cute idea!!! i def need to make one for my house!

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November 1, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Kath said...

We done "Thankful trees" before. We just cut a tree shape from craft paper, and the leaves are hand tracings that my kids do. I love it!

November 1, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Rachel W K said...

this is such a great idea! it's nice to have everybody's notes written down on paper. I love the thankful for chalkboards too, a great thing to have all year!

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

November 1, 2011 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love the blessing tree idea! Such a lovely idea. I also love your dry erase thankful frame. Thanks for sharing Kierste!

November 1, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Ashley | Domestic Fashionista said...

Thanks so much for sharing my thankful chalkboard! Great Thanksgiving ideas! Put me in the thankful mood! :)

November 1, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Infarrantly Creative said...

Thanks for the love and the extra traffic to my site today ;-)

November 1, 2011 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Jilly said...

The world 's most beautiful photograph of nature is very easy to see from your home window. It is best place for weekend.
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November 2, 2011 at 2:30 AM  

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