At our house we have been focusing on gratitude and this gratitude tree was a great project for us. I actually did this craft with my Little Flowers group at school and they loved it. We have 3 of these around our house, the girls put a lot of thought and care into these and I just love them.
Here is how we made our gratitude trees.
- Mixed beans ( I used kidney, navy and black beans mixed together)
- Pint mason jars
- Sticks we collected from the yard
- Paper – orange, yellow, brown, red (fall colors are best)
- Curling Ribbon (or twine)
- Wired Ribbon
I was lucky enough to use the die cut machine at our school but otherwise you can just cut leaves by hand. Punch holes in the leaves and string with curling ribbon or twine.
Next have the kids write things they are grateful for on the paper leaves.
Decorate the mason jar with wired ribbon (this is key for a nice bow).
Fill the mason jar with the mixed beans and arrange the sticks in the jar.
Hang your leaves of gratitude on the branches and enjoy your lovely creation.
These would make a perfect Thanksgiving tablescape or around the house as decor! But more than that they remind our kids to be grateful!