This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gorilla Glue. All opinions are 100% mine.
With Halloween and Christmas getting bigger and bigger each year, it seems that sometimes Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday. This year I created a chalkboard thankful tree to display in our home to remind us of all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.
This thankful tree craft is very easy to put together and gets the whole family involved. Each family member gets to write on a leaf what they’re grateful for, then attach it to a tree on the chalkboard. Our thankful tree is going to stay up all month to remind us of how blessed we really are.
Chalkboard Thankful Tree Craft
- Chalkboard (You could also use a picture frame with a black piece of paper inside)
- White vinyl
- Watercolor paper
- Craft paint or watercolor paint
- Thin black permanent pen
- Gorilla Tape
- Cutting machine (optional)
STEP 1. If you have a cutting machine, pick out a tree template. Cut the tree out of white vinyl in your preferred size. I also cut the words “Give Thanks” in white vinyl, but this is completely optional.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can either draw a chalkboard tree or easily cut your own tree with scissors. You can also see if a friend has a cutting machine and could help you cut one. 😉
STEP 2. Press the vinyl tree and “Give Thanks” words onto your chalkboard. Cut some leaves our of watercolor paper with a cutting machine, paper punches, or by hand. You could even use real leaves if you wanted to!
Use watercolor paint or craft paint (I watered mine down a little bit) to paint the watercolor leaves in fall colors. Beautiful warm oranges, yellows, reds, greens, and browns are perfect!
I didn’t worry about each leaf looking perfect. I wanted mine to have a blend of colors and was going for a more artsy look on my leaves. Kids would love to help paint the leaves too. Let leaves dry completely.
STEP 3. Have each family member take a few leaves and write something that they are thankful for on each leaf. I loved seeing what everyone wrote in our family!
STEP 4. Now it’s time to hang the leaves on the tree. I wanted to adhere the leaves with something strong that I knew would keep the leaves on all month, but that wasnt’ permanent and wouldn’t damage my chalkboard.
I bought a roll of Gorilla Tape and it worked perfectly!
Gorilla Tape is 3X stronger (compared to a leading value brand duct tape) for a hold that lasts, so I knew I could trust it to hold on my leaves. This duct tape is great for indoor and outdoor repairs and projects, and will even stick to uneven surfaces too because of its’ double-thick adhesive.
I used scissors to cut a thin strip of Gorilla Tape, then cut each strip in half. I folded over each small piece, placed then on the backs of the leaves, then hung them on the tree.
I’m sooo happy with how our chalkboard thankful tree turned out!
I love the warm colors of the leaves, and I love being reminded of all that we have to be grateful for.
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