When the folks at DailyBuzz Moms mentioned that they were doing a round-up of Thanksgiving table decor and centerpiece ideas, I knew exactly what idea to pitch them. We started using this Gratitude Tree as our Thanksgiving table centerpiece two years ago, and I love it. It’s super simple to make, a nice understated but powerful centerpiece that involves everyone, and one that you can add to every year. And the bonus? You can likely put this together using supplies you already have on hand.
I happened to find glittered bendable branches at Pier 1 in 2009, so lucked out in that respect. If you can’t find them, Target has something similar. And the best method? Forage in your backyard for long branches, clean off, spray paint, or dust with glitter.
I used a clear glass vase and colored stones to anchor the branches.
Every year, Thanksgiving guests add a leaf to the tree, writing what they are thankful for that year. It’s fun to look back and see some of the highlights from previous years. You can make your leaves using scrapbook paper, construction paper, even pages from an old book. Simply tie a little string on it and you’re set. After the holiday, I put all the previous years’ leaves in a sealable bag and store it all together.