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Thanksgiving Blessing Tree

For years I have seen different ideas for making a Thanksgiving blessing tree, but this year I finally decided that we were going to make our own. I am really happy with how our tree turned out.

I have seen many different variations on this idea, but for this tree I just bought a big roll of plain brown wrapping paper that you can buy at Walmart in the section where they have the mailing supplies. A big roll costs about $3.

We rolled the paper out on the dining room table and drew by free hand the outline of a tree trunk with several tree limbs coming out from the tree.

thanksgiving tree

Next we used a pair of scissors to cut out the tree. You need to find a place to hang up the tree. You could put it on the side of the refrigerator or on a wall. I put ours on the side of a large cabinet next to the kitchen.

Choose several different colors of construction paper for the fall leaves. We picked red, orange, and yellow. Cut out a bunch of leaf shapes from the construction paper.

Have your children write down things that they are thankful for on the leaves and tape them to the tree. Parents can put their blessings on the tree too. In addition to the paper leaves, I also put some of the waxed leaves we made on the tree.

When I made our tree I was hoping my boys would be excited about it. You just never know how kids are going to react to this kind of thing! My boys (ages 8, 8, and 4) were actually pretty excited about the tree. My 4 year old keeps asking me to put more leaves on the tree. His blessings for the tree were mom, dad, God, and food. It doesn't get much better than that!

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