There are few things that bring my soul joy like Craft Day.  For the past few years, my tribe and I have gathered for treats and fellowship in my living room, to create and laugh together.  IT’S THE BEST. We recently gathered to make Thankful Tree centerpieces, and I wanted to give you a little peek into our morning.

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Here’s what you need for a fantastic Craft Day:

  • Your favorite people
  • Yummy treats
  • A simple project or two

This was maybe my most organized Craft Day ever.  I gave everyone the option to either buy their own supplies, or give me $20 and I’d buy everything they needed.  I wanted to make sure that the super-creative types could have the option to buy exactly what they wanted to use, but also give the not-as-creative friends a little help and direction.  It worked perfectly!

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My favorite things about Craft Day: the conversations that happen and the matching projects we have in our homes.  Every time we visit each other, we see these projects and our hearts just soar- reminding us of our time together.  I. Love. It.

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Thankful Tree DIY

I’ve been making Thankful Trees for the past 4 years.  It started back when October’s were filled with stress and tons and tons of work.  I found myself feeling anything but thankful when November rolled around.  So one November 1st, I sat down, painted a bare tree trunk and cut out some leaves.  Each day, I had each member of our family write one thing they were thankful for on it, and it’s now one of our favorite family traditions.

This year, the tribe voted for a fall centerpiece, and I just knew I could turn the Thankful Tree into a centerpiece.  Aaaaaand I did.  So here it is!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • A base: I used these wood frame boxes/blank signs from Hobby Lobby, flipped them over and took off the hanging gear.
  • 3 skinny mouthed jars (I found these exquisite beauties at Dollar Tree- I still can’t believe it.)
  • Twigs or Branches
  • Various Fall Florals
  • Double Sided Cardstock
  • Brown paint
  • Metal Words (I also found these at Dollar Tree- it was a dollar store miracle)

Tools You Need:

  • Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
  • Garden shears
  • Wire cutters
  • Silhouette cutting machine… or your trusty pair of scissors
  • Small hole punch
  • Foam paintbrush

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Step 1

My crafting BFF, Marisela, taught me the coolest trick to fake stain wood quickly and it’s so simple: Just water down some brown acrylic paint and brush it on.  It will take a bit to dry, but it will be way faster than using regular stain. And less stinky.  Win win.

Step 2

Cut branches to fit into your skinny mouthed jars.  I used 3, but you can use as many (or as few) as you’d like. I used my garden shears here, but you can just break them if you don’t have any.

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Step 3

Arrange your florals around your base.  This part took me a while, but it’s worth it to really get something you like before you glue everything down.  Once you’re happy with it, glue everything in place. I chose not to glue my jars down, but you can if you’d like.

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Step 4

Cut your leaves out.  I used my Silhouette Cameo, who I have a love/hate relationship with. At the time of this Craft Day, I was more on the hate side, so I opted for a simple leaf silhouette.  This simple shape is easy to do free-hand, and then you’ll use your small hole punch close to one of the tips of the leaf.  I then cut a small slit, from the hole to the edge, that way it’d be easy to put the leaf on the tree.

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Step 5

I put some white florals in my jars, kind of as a place holder until November rolled around.  (Side note- I’ve never actually gotten my Thankful Tree ready before November before. I’m usually too much of a hot mess. Whatever.) Anyway, you can skip those extra florals if they make it seem too full, but play with it- you might welcome their addition.

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Step 6

Have everyone in your family write one thing they are thankful for on their Thankful Tree from November 1st through Thanksgiving Day. This is actually really challenging, friend! I’m so sad to say that most mornings I’ll sit there, totally unable to figure out something else that I’m thankful for.  BUT what a great exercise in growing in gratefulness.  My only rule here is that no one can write the same thing twice, and no thing is too big or too small to write down! On Thanksgiving, you will have such a beautiful centerpiece, reminding you of all you’re thankful.  Seriously- this is our fave!

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I’ll update this post with our filled tree after Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to seesaw full it gets!

As we enter this season of thankfulness, I am excited for a renewed appreciation and gratitude in my heart. I’ll be taking a cue from the trees, releasing all that is no longer fruitful in my life and embracing the season that I am in.

What a beautiful season you are in, friend.  Even if it doesn’t feel that way, even if it feels like this season may take you over- it won’t. Jesus is forever faithful to you, girl. Let’s gather all that we have to be thankful for and cling to His faithfulness.

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