Family rustic Thankful tree

Family rustic Thankful tree

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We are so close to Thanksgiving day here in America and I am thrilled! I love the getting together of family, the yummy food, and really just taking it easy. To me there is beauty in being thankful that anyone, American or not can appreciate. Last year my family and I created our own rustic thankful tree. It was super quick, simple and really eye opening. I let my little ones dictate two things to me that they are thankful for. We got some surprising and funny results in their answers. We will be adding to this tree this year with a new thing we are thankful for.

Being thankful does not have to be a big deal, you do not need a Pinterest ready thankful tree to have this. Writing it down and sticking it to the refrigerator will do. That is the point of this and what I hope you all take away from it. I will share the easy tutorial to this because I do not know how to post something without a tutorial. It is ingrained in me.


I purchased these beautiful and already cut tree stumps. They are about the size of the bottom of a soda can. Just big enough to write down a special thankful word.


Using a drill, I drilled through the top of each stump.


I used a thin sharpie and had the kids dictate two things they were thankful for. Dale and I each got to say something we were thankful for as well. We then had a few that the family as a whole were thankful for. I will give you a hint, neither Dale or I was thankful for Trick-or-treating. That was one of the kids, I know… spoiler alert!


On the other side of the stump I wrote the initial of the person that said this particular thankful.


I also looped and tied a rope through the hole. It is a little rough looking, but really does feel rustic and I adore it!

sticks in a vase

I had this vase and these store bought sticks. Dale gave me a major side eye when I purchased sticks. They were nice and straight and I knew there was no bugs on them. He was NOT thankful for the store bought sticks. But does like our rustic Thankful tree.

DIY rustic thankful tree

family thankful tree

Each year we are all going to add one thing we are thankful for to the mix. To quote the movie Jaws (as all home decor bloggers do) “We’re gonna need a bigger boat!” or in this case tree. If we have so many things we are thankful for that we need another tree I would say we are one lucky crew.

the people I love

It was nice to sit and hear what the kids are thankful for. We got a few silly ones initially like boogers but they did understand what we were doing. When I pulled these out this year the kids eagerly went to it to see what they said. It was a fun new discussion about all things thankful.

Our home

thankful tree with WM

I warned you that this would be a simple and easy tutorial, some would argue that a tutorial was not even needed. Well, this someone likes her a tutorial and I made it work. It is OK though, I am the boss around here. What I say goes. Well really what you all like to see goes, I am just the long winded narrator around here.

My kids are now 7, 6, and 4. They are just getting to the phase where traditions are becoming understood and celebrated. In the past it felt like each year we were having to re-introduce all of them to the kids. They are remembering more and now helping us make new traditions. I want my kids to appreciate what they have, and to be thankful for that. Our life is full, our hearts are full and one day this tree will be full. That is plenty to be thankful about!

Have you made a thankful tree with your family? 

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  1. This is such a sweet idea! We definitely need to incorporate something like this on my mom’s side of the family (there are at least 50 of us who get together.)

    • EmilyBurmeister says:

      It would be so fun to have that many people list what they are thankful for. You would e a pretty big tree though!

  2. I love this idea! I’m totally going to copy this for next year! It would be great at a big family thanksgiving celebration too 🙂 thanks for sharing it.

  3. What a sweet and special idea to do with even the little ones. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is such a cute project! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. So Cute Emily – I want to make one even though we don’t do thanksgiving here 🙂

    • EmilyBurmeister says:

      It can be a thankful tree and does not have to be holiday specific. Everyone needs to keep track of what they are thankful for.

  6. What an absolutely adorable and thankful way to celebrate a great holiday and time of year. So CUTE <3

  7. What a lovely idea! I think that it is great to stop and talk with your kids about what they are thankful for. And how awesome is it that they are thankful for things like trick or treating?

    • EmilyBurmeister says:

      It is important for them to be aware of what they have and how lucky they are. Kids are adorable and little things like trick or treating I guess are worthy of thankfulness…?

  8. I LOVE this reminder to give thanks and to be grateful for all we have!! I am reminded everyday how blessed my life is and I don’t take it for granted. The world needs more reminders of this thought. Gratitude is a great attitude!! 🙂

  9. I love your version of this tree. I did a similar one with apple cutouts and sticks from outside. I love your kids funny answers – they are so cute!

    • EmilyBurmeister says:

      Any kind of thankful tree is the right kind of tree. I tried to keep my kids on target with things to be thankful for, but a few kid-isms were needed to keep it real.

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