Branches Full Of Thankfulness

Happy first day of November, lovelies :)
Can you believe Thanksgiving is in 27 days?!
I surely can't believe it ... shouldn't it still be Summer?

Since Thanksgiving is in the month of November I tend to associate this month with thankfulness.
I am reminded often that I have much to be thankful for every day of every month,
but for November I want to do something extra special
so I put branches that are filled with thankfulness out in my home :)

I saw this idea last year on a blog, but never had time to do it
and if you visit Pinterest you will see several different creations for this idea.
I used the branches like many others did, but then made it to suit my personal tastes.

Here is what I did....
I filled a glass vase with stones.

Went exploring for the perfect branches.

And gathered some fake leaves from Hobby Lobby.
I also punched out hearts from card stock.
I used the hole punch to punch out a hole at the top of the leaf 
(this makes it easy to hang the leaf on the branch).

Then, I asked my son what he was thankful for and this is what he said,

I used hot glue to apply the heart onto the leaf.

I tied a strip of burlap around the vase for a nice Fall look.

The branches of thankfulness are now the centerpiece on my kitchen table.
Every night during the month of November my husband, son, and I 
will write down something we are thankful for and add it to the branches :)

One thing I am very thankful for: YOU!
Much love to you, friends.


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Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Stephanie, what a really fun way to show off things that you are thankful for in the month of November! I love it and how creative you are. It is a nice way to have the whole family involved too! Wishing you a wonderful fall weekend. See you next week.

Sarah said...


What a lovely idea! I am thankful for you and your encouraging blog!!


Sylvia said...

Good November 1st to you too Stephanie, that is a good idea, I may do this also. Thanks for showing us how to do it.
I am thankful for your friendship,

Magnolia Tea said...

Happy November! Love your woodsy thankful decoration style - fall leaves are so gorgeous. Thanksgiving a favorite holiday here. And we are very thankful for all our blessings.
Have a great weekend!

Kati said...

This is a neat idea! I usually put up a thankful tree. It's a simple brown paper tree that is taped up to the back of our front door. Then we have maple leaves cut out from pretty fall cardstock that we write what we're thankful for. As the month progresses our tree gets filled with thanks. We always have plenty of leaves ready for Thanksgiving day, too when we have our big family dinner. (Here's a link to my mother's blog post with a picture of the thankful tree: http://thinking-about-home.blogspot.com/2011/10/31-days-to-make-house-home-day-26.html)

Melinda Ruth said...

What a beautiful thankful tree! I've seen variations of them and it's such a wonderful idea. I want to do it someday when I have my own family! :-)

Happy November, my friend! I hope your weekend is restful and delightful.

Julie Marie said...

Oh Stephanie, I LOVE your thankful tree!... I am definitely going to make one for my kitchen table, and add something each day as well... I already have everything I need, I will just walk down to the thicket later and gather the perfect branches... I love that you are thankful for "coffee"... me too!... you really do have the best ideas!... Happy November to you sweet lady, xoxo Julie Marie

harleygirl said...

This is such a sweet thing. :) Nice job!!

Elizabethd said...

What an inspiring idea!

Amy said...

Happy November Stephanie!

I must say you are always one step ahead of me with the whole craft thing. I had this thought awhile back and never got it put together. Then, I come visit you and well there you have it! :)
I think maybe I'll do this today, since I have my two youngest. They love treasure hunting, even if its for branches!

My hubby and oldest son are on their way to the mountains for some Elk hunting.

I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy this nice cool weather. I hear snow is in the forecast, keeping my fingers crossed!


Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

I love the idea of bringing nature indoors. Beautiful arrangement you made. Enjoy your weekend!

Delvalina said...

How beautiful sister...
I'm so thankful everyday for you!

the fal branches is great Idea...I think I want to do that for my Christmas tree at home. I thankful to God for everything, everyone that He has brought through the year. Thanks for sharing this idea.


Nina said...

A wonderful way of making thankfulness visible - there is so much to be thankful for! Your creativity is really inspiring - thank you for sharing all these lovely DIY ideas, Stephanie!

Debbie Harris said...

This is so wonderful! I think I will even put one of these together and your father and I can add to it every day. I love that all of you are adding to your thankful tree. In fact, I shall go and get my branches right now while it is not snowing.

I am thankful for you and your sweet inspiring blog!

Thank you for the inspiration today. Have a terrific day!

Love you, mom

kitty said...

What a lovely idea to add daily to the thankfulness branches. We all need to be reminded of what we are so grateful for. Thank you, sweet friend, for the inspiration. xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a pretty arrangement. I would put shells in the vase...I'll have to remember to do this! Hugs!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What a great idea. I may do that this Sunday with one of my kids groups. ~ Abby

Mrs. Smith said...

Cute! What a great way to be mindful of our blessings!

Stephanie, you must be such a blessing to your family - you sure are to us! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I love your thankful branch! When my children were young, we made a similar one. I haven't done it in a few years but now I want to again!

Billie Jo said...

Stephanie...that is amazing.

I am always inspired when I visit you...inspired to slow down, to create more, and to be happier.

Have a cozy weekend, my bloggy friend. : )

Desarae said...

This is so sweet! I've heard of the idea of writing down something every day that you are thankful for, but you have put a beautiful, decorative spin on it!

Simply Linda said...

What a great idea! Not sure if the guys will go for it, you know, being guys and all (smiles). I will ask them, well..maybe..I will just do it and see what happens. Blessings to you my dear friend.

Jazzmin said...

Such a sweet and meaningful idea!! I love that a whole family can display their hearts and what they thank the Lord for on one tree altogether. They look so pretty, too.

Happy November to you, Stephanie! I am so inspired by reminders this time of year, like in your post, of the sweet things we have to be thankful for. There are countless things! I am thankful for you, my friend!!

Have a wonderful night!
Huge hugs to you,

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a wonderful reminder for the whole family what to be thankful for everyday! Very nice! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie...I too feel that the month of November is a perfect time to share all that we are thankful for. I am thankful for your sweet and kind friendship and for the inspiration that you share here. November Blessings ♥ Teri

Maggie Ann said...

What a beautiful way to be encouraged, remembering and counting our blessings. Perhaps I'll give it a try also. We are so blessed here in America. May we always be so....

Cheryl said...

Stephanie, thank you for your visit to Thinking About Home and for leaving your sweet comment!

I love your branches of thankfulness! It is such a wonderful thing to tune the heart toward thankfulness and to bring our children along.

Happy November to you!

Karen Frost said...

What a sweet and lovely idea, Stephanie! It's so nice to focus on things to be grateful for with a beautiful centerpiece to display these special thoughts. Hope your weekend is lovely, Dear. xoxo

Natalie said...

This is a wonderful idea, Stephanie. I think I'll do this every time the grandkids come over. I think it will really be a good lesson on thankfulness. They are spending the night tonight so I think it will be a good project tomorrow for us to do.

Maria said...

What a fabulous thankful tree with all those colorful leaves! It is a wonderful craft idea for anyone! Thank you so much for the inspiration! And, I am thank for YOU, hugs!:-)

Conniecrafter said...

Another great idea, how special is that too all sit down and write what is special to you and including your son in that, it would be neat when you are done to put everything he said in a scrapbook, have a great weekend!

Think Loveliness said...

What a beautiful idea! Thanks for the sharing it. We are all thankful to know you as well and to visit your lovely encouraging blog. Have a blessed weekend~

SizzleandZoom said...

This a very clever and charming idea. I like it very much. Thanks for the great details.

Vicky Hunt said...

Such a precious idea Stephanie! I love it and it is just perfect for the season and Thanksgiving holiday...:) You are always so creative! Hope you are having a lovely weekend my friend!

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Danni SiloHillFarm said...

Aw what a great simple project! I'm thankful for you dear friend as well! (and coffee..lol!!)

Kat White said...

Hi Stephanie I love your thankful tree that is really great idea for moms with kids to teach them to be thankful. I love the idea!
I am going to tell my daughter to check out your page, even though she is not a blogger, she will like that idea. I am sorry to say I missed the deal on the book. Boo! Have a wonderful week. I am thankful for your precious blog! Hugs

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