Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thankful Tree

It seems like every year Christmas comes earlier and earlier and Thanksgiving gets passed up. I do absolutely LOVE Christmas, but also want my family to take time to be thankful. So to be reminded of what we are thankful of we made a thankful tree. It was easy, crafty, and makes a nice centerpiece. What's not to love?

For our project I bought a few scrapbook pages and used some pages I already had. Cut out circles, hole punched them and added yarn so we could hang them.

For the tree and vase I took an old vase and wrapped it in yarn (because everything can be wrapped in yarn these days)!!

Then I added some twigs and fake leave branches for our "tree"

It makes a fun centerpiece by itself, but we still needed to add our thankful cards.

Owen is thankful for Eli and Juice, Eliana is thankful for Family, being healthy, and fruit snacks, Daddy is thankful for freedom in Christ, a good job, and mommy, Mommy is thankful for a hard working Daddy, salvation, and family adventures!!

Lastly we hung our thankful cards...

 and our Thankful Tree is complete!!! Just in time to be our Thanksgiving centerpiece.

One last Thanksgiving craft I completed this weekend was homemade napkin rings. We did this craft at MOPS and it is brilliant, cheap, and fun!

The main ingredient for this project - Toilet paper rolls!!!

I gathered some used tp rolls (or you could use paper towel roll), some felt, yarn, buttons, and a glue gun. But with this project its whatever your imagination can come up with.

I wanted to make a set of 8 for thanksgiving dinner. I glued the felt around the outside of the tp roll, then wrapped the centers in some yarn, lastly added a fun button. I made them all different but still coordinating.

Now I just need to find some fun fabric to fill all 8 of my napkin rings!

I will be sure to show you my future napkin rings for Christmas, Spring, Birthdays, etc... possibilities are endless. I even think it could be a great craft to do as a family and each person make their own napkin ring. Maybe a family Christmas craft ? :)

Have a great week preparing for Thanksgiving
Love and Prayers- Dawn


Sugarr2518 said...

I'm sure your family had fun helping with this project! I love that you added yarn and used scrapbook paper for the tags! Such a neat little idea:)

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Cute family! Love that idea! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love the napkin rings! I have so many toilet paper tubes I've been saving for crafts, and this would be a PERFECT way to use them!

Kelly @ Corner of Main said...

What a nice family project, and the tree is super cute! Thanks for sharing =)
Visiting from NewlyWoodwards...

domesticallyseasoned said...

I love the tree and the fact that your kiddos and the whole family helped to decorate it. Great idea to do with my family, once we are older. When I was a preschool teacher, I did a project like this in my classroom. we couldn't exactly celebrate Thanksgiving, but we could talk about why and what we are thankful for.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is really cute! Not only does it look great but it means something, too. Love the small notes on the tree and the yarn-wrapped base.

Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY. I'd really appreciate it if you could mention that you've linked up in your post! Thanks!

libby said...

looks real cute. great meeting you!!

Brittany said...

Love that it was a family affair! The napkin rings are so cute!

Mrs.Miller said...

I'm visiting from the Dare to DIY blog party. The napkin rings are great!

Rachel said...

I don't know how I missed this post, but I did. Love your thanksgiving tree and love the napkin rings. We are going to cloth napkins over next couple of weeks (making them this weekend), so this idea is one Ammi can help with and will be useful for us as well. Thanks so much, friend, love you and your ideas (and your MOPS).