I hadn't been planning to post any Thanksgiving activities, and certainly not a thankful tree. There are so many out there already, including our very own jumbo wall version. But this one came to me and, well, once I have an idea, I have to at least give it a shot!
This one is perfect for those last-minute gratitude sessions. (You'll notice I'm publishing this after Thanksgiving. We're all about last-minute these days!) With a few materials you probably already have around the house, this one will be ready for action. Let's get to it...
- Pipe cleaners (brown) (Ours came from our friends at CraftProjectIdeas.com)
- Styrofoam cube
- Cardstock or construction paper (for leaves)
- Yarn or string (we used embroidery floss)
- Hole punch
I started out with two shades of brown pipe cleaners to make the tree trunk. In retrospect, I prefer just the one darker shade instead. I took four pipe cleaners and twisted just above the bottom and going upwards about half way. Then I pushed the bottom of the pipe cleaners into the Styrofoam base. It didn't take up nearly as much room as I'd expected, so I decided to repeat the process and make another tree.
Then I pushed the bottom of the pipe cleaners into the Styrofoam base. It didn't take up nearly as much room as I'd expected, so I decided to repeat the process and make another tree.
Now there are no photos of this, but the two "trees", with their branches outstretched...somehow reminded me of a running man. (Don't ask!) So I took some extra pipe cleaners and wrapped them around the base to join both faux trees together. To my active imagination, it now looks like a skirt, but I was satisfied enough. Time for the leaves!
This is the tedious part, I suppose. But it did make a great project while I caught up on some episodes of Supernatural. I raided my paper scrap box and found some fall colors in cardstock. I didn't use a template, so each leaf is a little different and a slightly different size, just like real leaves.
I used my teeny hole punch to make a teeny hole in each leaf.
This was just big enough to get the embroidery thread through with only occasional frustration. (I've found that when doing anything with embroidery floss, "only occasional frustration" is a win for me!)
The leaves hung easily from the tree.
My master plan is to have everyone write when they are grateful for on the leaves. Perhaps a different leaf color for each person? We'll work out the details later, but so far I'm loving this latest version of our thankful tree! Who cares if Thanksgiving is technically over - I like to keep the gratitude thing going all year 'round!