Learn how to make a thankful tree with bare branches and clay gratitude leaves to remind your family of the true meaning of Thanksgiving. When we are grateful for what we have, we will be given more of what we are grateful for. Creating and decorating a DIY thankful tree with hand stamped marbled clay autumn leaves is a gratitude craft and Thanksgiving tradition that kids and adults can enjoy together.
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Thanksgiving Thankful Tree with Clay Gratitude Leaves
Creating a DIY thankful tree is a Thanksgiving tradition the whole family can enjoy. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude in your home or classroom with a bare branch tree that your family can decorate with marbled clay hand stamped gratitude leaves.
A Thanksgiving thankful tree also makes lovely fall home decor and a gorgeous centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Learn more about the thankful tree tradition in this collection of the best thankful trees.
DIY Thankful Tree with Clay Gratitude Leaves Materials
- Sand and/or pebbles
- Bare branches – go on a nature hunt, or purchase a white twig tree or a tree with lighted branches.
- Clay gratitude leaves – You can also use preserved leaves or fabric leaves.
- Yarn or twine
DIY Thankful Tree with Clay Gratitude Leaves Step by Step Directions
- Paint bare branches white (optional)
- Arrange bare branches in a vase.
- Pour sand and/or pebbles around branches to add weight the vase so it stays upright.
- Use glue gun to stick pom poms on the tree. (optional – have a look at our thankful tree with pom poms)
- Make marbled clay gratitude leaves to decorate your tree.
- Thread a 4 inch to 6-inch section of yarn or twine through the hole in your gratitude leaves to make the hanger.
- Decorate the bare branches with marbled clay gratitude leaves.
Related: Turkey Leaf Lanterns
Make a Thankful Tree with Marbled Clay Gratitude Leaves
Creating and decorating a thankful tree is a Thanksgiving tradition that can help cultivate an attitude of gratitude during the holidays. Have a look at 20 Thanksgiving traditions and fun things to do on Thanksgiving for even more ideas!
You might also like to have a look at this collection of the best thankful trees and THIS collection of gratitude activities and crafts.
Another great way to teach kids about the true meaning of Thanksgiving is to read gratitude books that inspire thankfulness with your children. For even more fall fun have a look at our fall bucket list for the best autumn ever!
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