Monday, November 19, 2012

I'm Thankful!

I am participating in the "Dare to Do-It-Yourself" challenge hosted by Decor and the Dog, Maybe Matilda, Newly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!

The challenge for this week is to "Dare to… be thankful!"

The task was to complete a Thanksgiving DIY project as a reminder to be grateful during the season. Ideas included a Thanksgiving advent calendar, artwork and banners.

I decided to make a thankful tree...

My First step was to walk around the exterior of my home and pick up some medium sized fallen branches.. not a hard task with the abundance of trees on our property! Next I brought them inside and stuck them in a glass mercury hurricane that was filled with glass vase filler (IMPORTANT STEP! Originally I stuck the branches in an empty hurricane and well let's just say that all the broken pieces are in the trash... So be sure to weigh down your container so it does not fall over.)

Here is Hunter in his mama Roo While I'm doing this project...

Next I pulled out the AMAZING Silhouette Cameo that Matt gave me last year for Christmas and cut small leaves out of card stock.

The Silhouette Cameo makes this step SUPER easy because it does all the cutting for you and is SUPER exact... While cutting was taking place I was able to multitask and wash all dishes that I plan to use for Thanksgiving and I was able to clear the dining room table out of the room so that I can deep clean the carpeting tonight... With a 2 month old around the ability to have all of my leaves cut for me was invaluable and I would not have been able to complete this project without my cameo... If you don't have one however and if you have  A LOT of time you could always make the cuts by hand....

Anyway... the plan is to give each of out Thanksgiving dinner guests three leaves at their place setting and they will be instructed to write three things that they are thankful for this year. Here is what I was thankful for while doing this project...

Once everyone has written on the leaves we will go around the table during dinner and share what we are thankful for and will add each leaf to the branches with double stick tape.
This will be my first year hosting Thanksgiving and I think that this is a great new tradition which will remind all of my guests what the true meaning of Thanksgiving is!
What are you thankful for this year?


  1. How cool is this? I love that you used things you already have and I totally agree with you about being thankful for a sleeping baby. Nothing better!

    Thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY!

  2. Awesome project! I considered doing something like this earlier in the month and adding a new leaf each day, and now I totally regret not doing it :-( It looks beautiful, and what a great reminder to be thankful. I love it! And your little guy is SO cute! I like his name, too--funny story for you, my toddler's name is Forrest, and if anyone ever gets his name wrong, it's always Hunter. I asked a friend named Hunter if he ever gets called Forrest, and he said it happens a lot to him. People must associate those two names or something! I don't mind my little boy being called Hunter, though, it's a good one :-)

  3. You assistant is quite darling! I love the tree, too. Of course.

    Thanks for joining in on the DIY fun!

  4. What a super sweet project. I love those leaves!