With two Halloween trees, and a whole forest of Christmas trees, November always presented a bit of a problem for me. Do I take the trees down and put them away for the month of November only to take them back out after Thanksgiving? Do I leave Halloween up until Christmas? Or do I just leave the trees naked for a few weeks? I’ve always intended to make a Thanksgiving tree, and since I’m not going to add another Christmas tree this year, it looks like this is the year for it. The process is actually ridiculously easy.
I found some wooden tags at my craft store, so I painted the front side, and I decoupaged the other with scrapbook paper. Since I was working in bulk I used a spray adhesive to stick it in place, and then a spray sealer to keep it protected.
These tags will last for years and years so I tried to think of things I was grateful for that would last through time. My family, my friends, my health, the most important things in life. With paper or other thin wooden tags I listed more temporary or whimsical things, and left some blank for friends and guests to add when they visit.
For the other decorations I just used ribbons to make bows and curlicues, and added some leaves I got at the dollar store. It took me no time to whip up, and the best part is that making it a work in progress is part of the celebration. All month long I can add to the tree as I think of more things to be grateful for. It’s a way of decorating and celebrating at the same time, which I think are the best kind of traditions.
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