{Fall DIY} A Thankful Tree

Back in September, I made an Easy Fall Centerpiece for the Dining Room table. But nothing can get too comfortable in this house, because sooner, rather than later, it’s going to get changed-up and moved around!

I just loved this Thankful Tree by Simply Vintage Girl, and pinned it for an easy Fall Project idea. But of course forgot about it until Emily made a cute one on DecorChick. Since we don’t have a lot of flat unused surfaces, I decided to use my existing centerpiece as the tree instead of creating a new one.

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If you recall, I started with this:

It’s virtually the same now, but I replaced the mini-pumpkins with a bag of scented pine cones (left over from my Pine Cone Wreath). The smaller vase filler allowed the stems to spread out, so it’s a bit wider.

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Then the kids took turns writing what they are thankful for on small tags, and hanging them with jute string from the tree.

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I helped Babygirl write hers, but she added her own special touch with markers.

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Office supply stores are a great resource for inexpensive tags, like the yellow ones my son used.

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I decided to keep the tree solely for them, since my list of wine, Taco Bueno, and Edward Cullen probably wouldn’t have set the right example.

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It was a quick and easy project, but a great excuse to reflect on all our blessings. The kids are really thinking about it now, and are adding new tags every day. I think I’ll save them once the holiday is over. Something tells me I’ll want to remember their lists.

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You guys would totally make my list, too. Right after Target.

** Also linking up to Home Stories A to Z, Tip Junkie, Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Just a Girl, Remodelaholic, The Shabby Nest, The DIY Showoff, TaterTots & Jello, Serenity Now and Thrifty Decor Chick**

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  1. There's nothing else, I would rather be second to than Target. This is such a wonderful idea, and a great way to re-use a lot of what you have already. I need to find me a wonderful vase like that and scented pine cones. These would also be great to continue to use throughout December! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Jen wrote:

    Love, love. LOVE it! Thanks for the idea!

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  3. What a neat idea! And so perfect for the season 🙂

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  4. SO cute and yes you'll definitely want to save those tags! And just so you know – there isn't a girl on Earth that isn't thankful for Edward Cullen! 😉

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  5. nicole wrote:

    such a cute idea 🙂 i love it!

    just made a thanksgiving bunting…finally getting in the decorating spirit!

    http://www.busygirlblog.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-bunting.html

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  6. Leslie wrote:

    I love the Thanksgiving tree; it's such a sweet idea!

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  7. What a wonderful idea, I'm off to share it! This reminds me of a thankful tree in Calistoga we added tags to during our summer vacation.
    Janell

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  8. Cute, cute idea! And love the way the kids are so involved! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Ha! Target, Ikea, Starbuck, the nail salon…okay, I could go on! LOL Love the tree!!

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  10. So great, Cassie. I love this. {love that you are tempted to have your own tree with wine, Target, etc . . .;)

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  11. Wine, sushi & hoodie sweatshirts. 🙂

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  12. Super cute idea! And I think it will make a great momento to save too! 🙂

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  13. Hey, I think it's perfectly acceptable to be up front and honest about your love of alcohol and sparkly guys (c: hehehe! But seriously, Tar-jay would be pretty high up on my list…I really hope for my sake that the hubbs and kiddos rank above it! ha! In all seriousness, that little tree turned out so cute! I'm definitely stealing this one!

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  14. Such a cute idea! Wine and Edward Cullen, ha ha!

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  15. What a clever idea. I think I am going to make one this year. xo

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  16. Kathysue wrote:

    I think you are right you will definitely want to cherish their sweet words, Great idea,
    Kathysue

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  17. Such a cute idea 🙂

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  18. Katie wrote:

    What a precious idea! Looks great too.

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  19. Great idea!! Love taking the opportunity to help our kiddos focus on the positives!! We did a Thankful Turkey… and wrote our thankful thoughts on his feathers. We're taking one down each day until Turkey Day!

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  20. AnaLisa wrote:

    What a great idea! You always come up with such great ideas! 🙂 xx, AnaLisa

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  21. Love this tree! I may need to make one for my home, as well! xo

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  22. emily wrote:

    Love this idea! Those stems are perfect for that project! Target would definitely be on my tree (and you too)!

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  23. Pretty!! I love it! What a grat way to reflect on just how lucky we are 🙂

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  24. Fab repurposing, Cassie! I've done one of these with my preschool class that I'll be posting this week– such a wonderful meaningful project. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Perfect Cassie- love the bright yellow too!

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  26. Looks so pretty Cassie! And we have the same sunburst mirror! Did I know that already? Thanks for the shout out too. 🙂

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  27. Catherine wrote:

    Thanks for the inspiration! We finally made our own, and it turned out darling: http://homewithcatherine.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful-tree.html

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