Thankful Tree

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Okay, I know I'm a little late this year and we will have to double our thankful comments, but I'm so excited about this new November tradition I made for my family!  This project is inspired by something I saw in a Pottery Barn catalog a few years ago but I like mine a lot better!

Each leaf is a pocket and each day in November we will add a note of something we are thankful for!

This is a no-sew project that I kind of made up as I went along and I used only things I already had (I have a lot of scrap fabric and felt leftover from previous projects).

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scrap fabric
spray adhesive
craft glue (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue)
Aleene's Peel and Stick Tape
wooden yard stick
acrylic paint (brown and orange)
puff paint (green)
paint brushes
(I don't have a pretty photo of all the materials since I made this up as I went along)
1.  I started by cutting a large rectangle (30"x46") of fabric for the background.  I used Aleene's Peel and Stick Tape and folded the edges over to make a half-inch seam around the sides and bottom of the fabric.
 2.  I needed something stiff for the top edge so I used an old wooden yard stick.  I cut it to size, folded fabric over it, and
glued it in place.
3.  I used painter tape to hold the ruler and fabric in place until the glue was dry.  This is a shot of what the backside of the fabric looked like.
4.  The next thing I did was cut out shapes of fabric for the treetop and the  grass.  I sprayed adhesive on the backside of each of these and stuck them in place on the fabric and then put some glue around the edges to hold them in place really well.
5. I used acrylic paint to create a trunk and branches.
6.  I let the paint dry.
7.  Next I cut 30 leaves out of several different styles of scrap fabric.
8.  I laid them out on the treetop and then put craft glue along the bottom and sides of each leaf (leaving the top edge open to form a pocket).
9.  Once the leaves were all glued into place, I cut numbers out of felt and then glued them onto the leaves.
10.  For the finishing touches I painted "we give thanks" on the tree-trunk using puff-paint and acrylic paint, and glued a fabric strip to the top for a hanger.
I look forward to many years of this sweet tradition with my boys!

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  1. That is seriously adorable! I love all the different fabrics and that it is interactive! If Thanksgiving wasn’t less than two weeks away {and we are going to be out of town for 5 of those days}, I would totally be making one for my house! Stopping by from TT&J. Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I featured your thankful tree on my post yesterday :o ) Love it!

  3. BEAUTIFUL!! Pinning also. Linda

  4. I love this idea, Kate! I will be featuring it in my Thanksgiving roundup today.


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