How to Make a Thankfulness Tree

by Bambi on October 16, 2012 in Activities, Creativity, Fun, Nurture


And let  the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called  in one body. And  be thankful. Col. 3:15

Making a thankfulness tree is a fun way to turn our hearts toward the Lord and all his blessings to us.  We have repeated this project for two years in our home and used the tree as a springboard in our family worship and prayer time. It’s fun and simple  (I’m all about simple) project that all ages have enjoyed participating in! There are many variations to it, but here is what we did:

I used this leaf template.We cut out various fall-colored leaves and gave several to each family member to write on.

Each person uses some leaves to write blessings to thank the Lord for. Younger children can draw a small picture on their leaf instead of writing.

We stuck them on a tree made out of brown wrapping paper. We used this same tree trunk to make a fruit tree for godly character back in the summer.

Each evening before prayer time we pull off a few leaves and use them as reminders for what to thank the Lord for.


Another idea for thankful leaves is to keep a stack handy for any guests that visit your home during the fall season. Be sure and put their names on the leaves and then display them on the fridge, a glass door, or your Thankful Tree. Then use those leaves to pray for those folks that have visited you, as well as thank the Lord for the blessings they listed on their leaves.




A simultaneous Saint and sinner, Bambi was saved by grace through faith. She's a helpmeet to her high school sweetheart and together they are sharpening eight arrows for the glory of God. Bambi spends her days homeschooling, changing diapers, kissing boo-boos, reading books, and a million other duties she wouldn't trade for the world. Bambi is passionate about being a keeper at home, as well as marriage, motherhood and family discipleship. She is the author of the best-selling ebook, More Than Rules: Exploring the Heart of Beauty and Modesty. Visit her blog, In the Nursery of the Nation, or connect with her on Facebook.

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Kelley October 16, 2012

What a great idea! Did you just twist the brown wrapping paper to make the trunk? How much wrapping paper did you need?

Bambi October 16, 2012

Hi Kelly,

Yep, that’s exactly what I did. The wrapping paper came as packaging in a box we received in the mail, but I think you could probably get it at any craft store. I just doubled it and twisted it to look like a trunk. I’m really *not* a crafty person 🙂 I think there was probably about 10 feet of paper but I doubled and twisted–ended up being about 5 feet.

Kelley October 16, 2012

Thanks, Bambi. I’m not crafty either. I looked at this and said, “Hey, I think even I could do that!” 🙂

Dawn October 17, 2012

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What a great project & I love the idea of having extra leaves for guests that visit. Thank you for sharing.

Cariann McCready October 22, 2012

What a great idea. I am going to share with my homeschool moms group and use my sizzix die to cut out the leaves.

linda September 4, 2014

I LOVE your tree and will be making this for my Sunday school class. How did you get the trunk to stay up. ….


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