How to Make a Wall Thankful Tree

How to Make a Wall Thankful Tree

Thankful Tree – what better way to show gratitude than with this awesome Thanksgiving craft.

Make a Thankful Tree for the Wall

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 Thanksgiving Craft

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.

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 of it and the way it feels our space.

I bought everything at Dollar Tree

Supplies

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 tacks
  • Pencil
  • Printer
  • Scissors

Instructions

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.

tree

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

Gratitude Tree Craft for Thanksgiving

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

Check out our 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!

Thanksgiving Thankful Tree for the Wall

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.

50+ Gallery Photo Wall Ideas and Inspirations

50+ Gallery Photo Wall Ideas and Inspirations

I’ve always loved the look of a photo wall galleries. Wall galleries featuring tons of hung photos in a home just shows such much love in my opinion. Sometimes it’s not just photos, I love when different elements are mixed in as well!

We started at 50, but with the collection keeps on growing! 

Photo Wall Gallery Ideas and Inspirations

Canvas Wall Gallery

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We moved into this house 6 months ago. It’s slowly becoming home.  Something I told my husband when we signed the papers was that this home, I wanted to fill with items that meant something.  I am totally guilty of shopping Target clearance. You know, buying items just to fill the space. While I still am on the hunt for a good buy – unless it represents me and the family, I’m going to pass.

Something that is a passion of mine, is photographing every day of our family. I am by no means a professional photographer. These days, as much as I love my Canon 70D – my iPhone 7 Plus (the camera is swoon-worthy!) snaps most of my photos. They are candid, sometimes blurry, not a great resolution – but they are capturing REAL uncensored moments of my kids.

We have this long hallway that leads to the master bedroom from the kitchen and family room that I knew would be the perfect place for a photo wall.  I’ve been gathering photos and trying to decide on a style and shape, but holy cow – can you say overload?  I started Googling and Pinteresting photo wall ideas and while I am totally inspired, I just am at a loss as to which way to go. All I know is that I want a gallery of photos of the people, places, and things that represent us, but where to start??

Photo Wall Ideas

I’ve rounded up my photo wall inspirations. Hopefully, these will give you a few ideas as you put your wall gallery together.

Laying Out Your Photo Wall With Paper Templates

Lay out paper template for organizing your photo wall

Check out this genius way that Love Your Room has created to help simplify the process of laying out your photo wall.  She uses paper templates cut to the size of your photo frames.

This handy-dandy method will not only save your wall from numerous nail holes but also give your creative freedom to see your photo wall and play with various arrangements.