I love the idea of a gratitude tree during the month of November, but between getting Halloween decorations down (they're still not) and thinking about Christmas I can never seem to get my act together. Well thanks to my Silhouette Portrait that I was gifted at Alt last summer, this project came together super quick! Even without a Silhouette or similar machine, I think this could be an easy project especially if you put your kids on making-and-cutting-out-leaves duty. My girls love being in charge of things like that. Honestly, I can't believe I haven't done something like this before because I really do believe that gratitude is one of the keys to a happy life. And this is a great way to teach kids about this important virtue because anytime you tie an idea to an action (especially a crafty, cute action) it sticks that much better in their little brains. So the basic idea is that each day we write one thing that we're grateful for on a leaf, then we tape the leaf to the tree. Here we go!
First, make the tree. I borrowed the idea from my Halloween Wall Decor post, so just mix 1 part water and 1 part corn starch and paint on the wall. If you'll remember from my Halloween post the cornstarch mixture is super drippy, which was OK for a Halloween look but not something I wanted for this tree. I think the secret was using a sponge brush as opposed to a brush brush. Make sure to wipe off the excess before painting, then just go for it. I still got some drips, but you can just wipe them off and go over it again. In fact I had to go over some of the lettering a few times as well since it was a little light when it dried...no biggie. This stuff is super forgiving.
Next I just grabbed some craft paper and one piece of green paper I had on hand, grabbed this free leaf template which I found via pinterest and cut out a bunch of leaves with my Silhouette in no time. I am not being paid by Silhouette, I do not have a partnership with them but let me just say I love this machine. I am still early in the learning process as I sorta didn't get it out for a while because I thought it would take a while to figure out. Wrong! This machine is so easy to use. I'm really excited to continue to explore all the features.
And a little behind the scenes shot... love this sweet little un-helper.
And that's it!