Thanksgiving Day Tree

This is a wonderful project for the entire family! No matter what age you are, you can appreciate the Thanksgiving Tree.

This is a very simple project, and we're going to show you how to make it - regardless of your budget.


You do NOT need all the items listed in this picture!

We have included a variety of items here, to give you an idea of what you can use.

Items Needed:


1. Something to draw your picture with and on.

You can use a single sheet of paper, glue or tape pieces together, or a piece of cardboard (which you can paint if you like). You might even paint the piece of cardboard, if you like. Posterboard is another option.

2. something to write with

3. glue (stick, liquid, whatever your preference, or tape.

4. scissors

5. Constuction paper (optional)

You can use construction paper for the different colored leaves. If you can't afford it, you can use white sheets of paper and color them with crayons, markers, pencils, paint, etc.


Step # 1:

Draw a picture of a tree.

This tree should not include leaves on it. You're going to add those. So, draw your trunk, with bare branches (like a tree looks after it looses its leaves in the fall).

You can draw it and color it with markers, pencils, crayons, paint, etc.

Don't let the perfectionism cause you to not make this, or to not have fun with it.

For the tree to the left, 2 pieces of 8" x 14" paper were put together, and it was drawn with crayons.



Step # 2:

Cut out different shaped leaves (see below for images you can print).

You can use construction paper, other colored paper - or you can color a white piece of paper with crayons, paint, pencils, etc.


Step # 3:


On each leaf, write something you are thankful for.

Each member of the family should participate..


Step # 4:

Glue (or tape) the leaves to the tree.

Now, as you can see, this tree is not at all done! We've only just begun!

Hang your Thanksgiving Tree wherever you like! Save it. Each year create a new one - or add to the same one. They/It will make a wonderful keepsake(s)!

We've uploaded some leaf shapes that you may use as templates. Click on the thumbnail below to view, and print, the larger image.


Happy Thanksgiving!