How to Make a Wall Thankful Tree

I recently saw an image on the web featuring the idea of a wall thankful tree. Instantly I knew I had to make one and I had the perfect spot.

thankful tree for your wall

We are in the midst of some remodeling at our house. We’ve converted the formal living to a formal dining and the formal dining we have made into a study. The study now gives us this great inset wall which happens to be the first thing your eye is drawn to when you walk in the front door.  So what better place for our gratitude tree.

The tree we made it kind of big. It’s around 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. You can make your’s whatever size you’d like. This project is very forgivable.

Why a thankful tree? I have 4 kids that need to learn how to be thankful. I once read that the happiest people are those that are thankful. The tree isn’t just for the kids, it’s for me and my husband as well. Each day, we will each take a leave – write what we are thankful for on a leaf and write our name on the back. We’ll read them each off on Thanksgiving.

Make a Thankful Tree for the Wall

The tree took maybe an hour to make and the best thing is that it only cost around $5 to make. I really love the meaning behind it and the way it feels our space.

I bought everything at Dollar Tree


Here are the supplies you will need to make your wall thankful tree:

thankful tree supplies

  • 2-3 Rolls of Kraft Brown Kraft Paper (I bought 3, used exactly 2)
  • Multi-Color Foam Sheets
  • Poster Tack
  • Thumb Nails
  • Pencil
  • Printer
  • Scissors


I mentioned that this project is forgiving right? Here’s how I made my tree:

Tip: Look at this picture of a tree. I didn’t at first and my first attempt ended up wonky and non-tree like.


Making the Tree Trunk

I started with the trunk. I cut a strip of kraft paper the height I wanted the trunk. Then, I slightly wet the paper by wetting my hands and crinkling the paper lightly.  This gives the paper a neat effect.

measuring tree height

I had my daughter help. She held and I used thumb tacks to secure the trunk to the wall.

Wet Kraft Paper

wet kraft paper

This is what the wet kraft paper looked liked. You can see it’s not totally saturated, but definitely wet. The crumbling gives it a cool effect.

Creating Tree Branches for the Wall

creating tree branches

Next to create the branches. We cut long strips of kraft paper, the length we wanted the branches to be. Then cut them in half, length wise. This created 2 branches.  Again, we wet the paper lightly and then played around finding ways to best make a branch. Our branches ended up working best twisting to make smaller at the ends. This took some playing around with – very forgiving.  Again we just tacked the branches up with thumb tacks.

The trunk originally started much taller, but then looking at the tree inspiration picture, I realized it needed to be shorter and branches coming out of it – up and all around. Again, trial and error but love the final outcome!

Printable Leaf Template

The next step requires a printer. You will want to print out the following leaf templates. Cut them out and then use them to trace on the foam. I stacked 4-5 pieces of foam together and cut. Again, leaves are forgiving.

printable leaf template

Gratitude Leaves

We scattered a few leaves here and there but are leaving the leaves for the actual tree to be the ones we write on. Each day we plan to write on a leaf what we are thankful for. Here is Izaiah’s gratitude leaf:

gratitude leaf

I wrote his name on the back. On Thanksgiving, we will go through each leaf and with the name on the back it will be an easy reminder of who said what. With 4 kids, this mom gets confused easily.

Our Tree of Thanks

And this is it, our final tree of thanks and your view from walking in our front door. I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s not only great for holiday decoration, it is a simpler reminder to be thankful for all we have. We are blessed, that I know.

Our Thankful Tree

Yep, this is the view from our front door. Halloween Minecraft costume in the floor (CREEPER!). Bat still hanging in the arch way. And you don’t even want to see the piles of laundry in the living room. But you know what? It’s all okay.

Come back tomorrow, I’ll be posting a free Thankful Printable that I have hung next to our tree!

If you end up making this, please snap a photo! I would love to see your thankful tree!

Side note on The Dollar Tree:

You can buy pregnancy tests, drug tests, ovulation tests and urinary tract tests at Dollar Tree now – random. My friend Carol recommended taking all 4 to the front just to see what the cashier would say… brilliant.

Molly Thornberg is a creator. She made 4 awesome kids, too-many-to-count blogs and disasters anytime she tries to DIY. She is an introverted extrovert, believer in grace, all-around geek and total type-B parent. Molly and her family circus reside in Dallas, TX


  1. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?

    November 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    What a great idea….I don’t have a single wall on which I could do this…I wonder if I could scale it down in some way…my kids love putting stuff up on the wall!

  2. Karen

    November 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    This is such a great idea. I wish I had a wall to do this on. Perhaps we could make a smaller version of it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lolo

    November 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    That is so cute! Reminds me of the ones teachers make for their classrooms!

  4. Ange

    November 8, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I’ve never seen a Thankful Tree, what a great craft!!!

  5. Mariah

    November 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I love the idea of a wall sized Thankful tree. I think it would be a great family tradition to begin with my family. And looks so cute too!

  6. Victoria

    November 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Hi Molly,

    I love your thankful tree! We made one a few years ago that was very similar to yours. I used leftover brown craft paper from a delivery I received. I had enough to make a really big tree like yours. I wish I had the inset wall to do show it off though. That wall is seriously awesome! What I couldn’t do with one of those in my house each month!

    Thank you so much for the free leaf printable. I can’t wait to get them printed out for my homeschooling bunch!

    Mommy’s Playbook

  7. Chrishelle @ Cheer MamaDrama

    November 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I love this wall thankful tree. I think it would be a great project for my daughter’s 4H group. I think I can round up the supplies by next week. Thanks for the tip.

  8. Kecia

    November 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Your Wall Thankful Tree turned out great! I love the inset of the wall – makes the perfect place for the project. I like the idea of recording your thankfulness to share with your family on Thanksgiving day. I pinned this so we can do it next year, when my son is a little older and can understand the holiday better.

  9. Kita

    November 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I love this idea people seem to have just skipped over Thanksgiving for some reason and this reminds us that this is truly what the holidays are all about.

  10. Angela

    November 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I have never seen it done like this before. I love it. Great job!

  11. Candy @ Candypolooza

    November 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Holy smokers weed tests?!! Wowza!

    Love that Izaiah is thankful for me!! 😉 This is a wonderful idea! I’ll def make one in our next home next year!!

  12. Reginia {}

    November 9, 2013 at 1:12 am

    What a great idea! I would have loved to do something like this when I taught elementary school.

    Aww, the Dollar Tree has everything even though they shouldn’t. LOL

  13. Janeane Davis

    November 9, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I like the idea of a Thankful tree up on the wall for the entire family to see. It sounds like a good thing to have up all year long.

  14. Jennifer Wagner

    November 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

    What a great idea. While I probably don’t have room for the tree, I definitely am going to make sure that Thanksgiving is more than eating and watching football. We will discuss what we are thankful for and maybe not just on Thanksgiving, but regularly.

  15. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    November 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Before I forget, your friend’s idea of taking all four tests to the cashier to pay is hilarious! Love it!

    Now to your thankful tree…I love how you made it and I’m so glad it’s forgiving as you put it together because I’m not naturally artsy! Great idea and puts thankfulness at the forefront because it’s seen all the time.

  16. katherine bartlett

    November 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    What a cute idea! I’m loving it!

  17. Stacie Connerty

    November 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I love this idea. I have never seen a Thankful tree, but it is awesome.

  18. Tatanisha W

    November 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, what a great idea! Thank you for sharing how to make a Wall Thankful tree.
    I wish I had the space to do something like this!

    Good luck with your remodel as well!

    And s/n- I have noticed those tests at the Dollar Tree as well and wondered if they really worked!

  19. Kristi @dragonflytweet

    November 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you and your kids write for your Thankful Tree. Great thing to take a pic of at the end and frame to always remember.

  20. Meredith

    November 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I loving your Thankful Tree! Thanks so much for sharing your idea. I’m including them in my Kids Thanksgiving Paper Craft Round-up!

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