I saw this in the Pottery Barn catalog and although I loved it, I did not love the $69 price. After I found a coupon code and decided to order it, it was out of stock! So I decided that I could make it myself. I started this project before Thanksgiving last year but it was slow going! It was not finished in time for Thanksgiving last year so this is the first year we will use it (the beginning of a new tradition!!!!)
All said and done, the time involved and the money I have into the material, it would have been well worth the money to buy it from Pottery Barn, but I LOVE that it is homemade! And my mom cut out all of the leaves and numbers out for me, which was a huge help! I appreciate her help and I love the fact that this was a joint family project.
If you want to make your own, I did not make a tutorial, but it is all made of felt. I printed off shapes for leaves, numbers and letters online for a pattern and drew by hand the tree, then cut everything out (with much help from my dear mom, of course!) and glued it all together with felt glue. There was no sewing involved. I did have to iron on a firming fabric (that is not the technical term, but the Sales Associate a JoAnn Fabrics, knew what I was talking about) to the back so it would support itself when pinned to the wall in only two spots and no fold over.
|I printed off a sheet of paper that says "I am Thankful For:"|
|and cut them out|
|Then we wrote down what we are thankful for.|
|As you can see, my little girl is thankful for kangaroos.|
|Here is a close up of the kangaroo|
|Then tuck the thankful cards into each number that represents the day of the month.|
|Then enjoy looking at this beautiful fall tree, being reminded of all we have to be thankful for:)|