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Washi Tape Thankful Tree

I have just recently joined the washi tape train. I know, I know, it’s been around for awhile but for some reason I didn’t bother with it until lately.  When I found The Ribbon Retreat’s great selection of washi tape, I just knew I had to come up with a quick and easy Thanksgiving Project. I made this little Thankful Tree and it turned out so cute!

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If you aren’t familiar with a Thankful Tree, basically you have little slips of paper that you and/or your kids write different things you are thankful for each day in November.  On Thanksgiving day, you can read each thing that was written down throughout the month. Such a fun visual reminder for kids (and adults!) to be thankful for the things we’ve been blessed with.

Here’s what you will need:

-A variety of washi tape
-A tin can
Baker’s twine
-Scissors
– Cardstock
-A small branch
-dried beans

Basically, I just took the washi tape and covered the tin can.  Then, I stuck in a branch. I chose a white one that had already been painted, but a natural one would be great as well.  I filled the can with beans and stuck the branch in. It holds nicely, but if yours doesn’t, you can always stick a piece of floral foam inside and stick the branch in that.

Washi Tape Thankful Tree - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Next, I cut some carstock into small rectangles and added some washi tape to those.  I punched a hole and used baker’s twine to tie them into the branches.

Washi Tape Thankful Tree - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

When I asked my 3 year old what she wanted to write on her paper, she said she was thankful for Ruby (our dog).

Washi Tape Thankful Tree - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

You can wait to hang each one until they are filled out, or you can hang them all and then take each one down and write on them and hang them back up. I think they look pretty cute just hanging like little ornaments. It would also be fun to cut them in leaf shapes instead of rectangles.

Washi Tape Thankful Tree - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

I hope you consider making a thankful tree this year to start a new Thanksgiving tradition.  There is always something to be thankful for!

Washi Tape Thankful Tree - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Thank you Megan! We are so excited to have you as our newest Contributor! You are incredibly talented, and we are so lucky to have you with us today! For more amazing tutorials, visit Megan at Homemade Ginger. She has incredible Tutorials, Recipes, and Inspiration for all!

I love this Thankful Tree. It is such a fun way to celebrate and to remember all that we have to be grateful for! This is such a fun and easy craft. Although November has already started and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it is never to late to start a Thankful Tree just like this one. It is never too late to remember all we have to be grateful for.

Happy Creating & Happy Thankfulness!
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2 Comments

  1. Posted November 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea! Big fan of washi tape. 🙂

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      Posted November 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ashley! Thank you so much for your comment! Washi tape is so AWESOME and fun to work with! Thanks for sharing! Michelle 🙂

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