DIY Thankful Tree for Students

Thanksgiving tree kids craft

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it’s time to start talking to your students about gratitude. With the Thankful Tree Craft, adapted from The DIY Mommy, your students can say exactly what they’re thankful for this year by expressing themselves in this DIY classroom activity! Use this activity to get your students to pause, reflect, and remember everything they have to be thankful for this year. Follow along to make your very own thankful trees for your kids to take home this year!


  • Orange, yellow, and brown construction paper
  • Stanley Guppy 5” Kids Scissors
  • Tree branches (collected outside during class together or brought from home by the students)
  • Permanent Markers
  • 1-Hole Punch
  • Tin can
  • Rocks (collected outside during class together or brought from home by the students)

Step 1:

Start by taking your class outside to collect tree branches that they want to use as the trunk of their thankful tree. They can also use this time to collect rocks so that the branch will stay sturdy in the tin can pot. If you don’t have time during class to go outside to collect these items, have your students bring them from home!

making the tree

Photo courtesy of The DIY Mommy

Step 2:

For this next step, you’re going to want to start by cutting out the orange, yellow, and brown pieces of construction paper so that they begin to look like leaves. Next, have a discussion with your class by asking volunteers to say some things that they are thankful for. Brainstorm these ideas with your class and hand out permanent markers so they can write what they are thankful for on each of their leaves.

leaves for the tree

Photo courtesy of The DIY Mommy

Step 3:

Once your students have finished writing down what they are thankful for, grab the 1-hole punch and punch a hole at the bottom of each leaf. Once the branch is secure in the tin with the rocks, stick the holes of the leaves through all the branches, completing your very own thankful tree.

completed thannkful tree

Photo courtesy of The DIY Mommy

We hope this serves as your family favorite Thanksgiving decoration this year! Tag us on Twitter (@Bostitchoffice) with your student’s completed trees!

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