Gratitude Month

Each November our family likes to focus a little more on what we are grateful for (who doesn't?).   I try and set up a fun and special way to allow the kids to express their gratitude.

One year we did a gratitude jar...

another year a garland of all we were thankful for..

We've tied leaves labeled with what we are thankful for onto bare tree branches, created table "cloth" for Thanksgiving dinner, and last year, while hugely pregnant, I just hung up a large sheet of brown paper with "I am Thankful for..." written at the top & the kids wrote or drew pictures of what they were thankful for each day (or multiple times a day).  The ones I love the best are left up all month, the list ever growing, where we can see just how much we have to be thankful for.

This year I decided to take advantage of a large blank wall I have in the living room waiting for something to decorate it. I decided on a large tree branch "growing" out of the wall, to have leaves attached to it & fluttering down around it.  I really love how it turned out, and it was super easy. 

First I laid out a strip of brown paper (the packing & shipping kind).  I did this next to the wall, so that I could eye ball just how big I wanted it.  I then roughly sketched a silhouette of a tree branch with pencil & cut it out.  Don't worry too much about perfection, no tree branch is perfect.

I attached it to the wall using a glue-dot roller.  I've done it before, and it removed easily from my walls, but you might want to test it out first just to be on the safe side :)

I cut out a bunch of simple pointed-oval leaves out of patterned paper for us to write what we are thankful on (I would suggest writing before hanging your leaves....I was just a little impatient to get it up).  We have a pile of extra leaves on our desk ready to be labeled and added throughout the month.  I can't wait to see how it grows as the month goes on.

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