Fall and Thanksgiving
DIY: Create a Dream Tree for Fall
Hang your wishes and thanks on a heartfelt arrangement of branches and leaves
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Fall begins Friday, and with this new season you may be hoping new dreams come true for you. Whether that wish is for peace on Earth, finding love, finding a new job, or something else that would make your life happier, this DIY Dream Tree is a fun way to keep those dreams near to remind you of who you want to become and where you want your life to go. Every leaf on each branch will contain a dream (wish) handwritten by you. It is easy (you can do it in a day) and inexpensive, and it adds a warm feel to a room.
Make a Dream Tree for yourself, have your family help, or give one as a gift for someone special.
Place it by the fireplace or in the foyer, or create a smaller version for a tabletop.
This is a kid friendly project too!!
Supplies you will need:
You can find fallen branches and leaves outside your home or at a park. The remaining materials can be found at a craft store. Choose a vase deep enough to support your branches. It can be small for a tabletop, or larger for the floor.
Step 1. Decide how big you want your Dream Tree to be, and find an appropriate sized vase for it. Then arrange your branches in it and trim as needed.
Step 2. Create your collected leaves! Using a pen, trace around your leaves, drawing their shape onto the felt. Cut out your leaf shape, trimming just inside the outline to remove the pen marks.
Step 3. Make a hanger for each leaf. Cut a little hole toward the top of the leaf with the point of your scissors. Then loop a piece of jute twine through the leaf and secure it to your leaf with a knot at the base (see photo). Leave three inches, then make another knot to create a loop. Cut off the excess.
Step 4. Grab a fine-tip permanent pen, white copy paper and clear tape.
Write your wishes on the paper. The height of your words should be shorter than the height of a piece of tape.
Cut a piece of tape long enough to cover each cut piece, place over the paper, and trim away the excess.
Step 5. Grab your double sided tape. Place a piece on the back side of your wish paper.
Then press the back side down on the felt leaf.
Step 6. Hang your leaves on the branches. Now I hope your dreams come true!
Use this project as a learning tool for kids by renaming it "The Thankful Tree." Instead of writing wishes, everyone can write what they are thankful for. This is a great idea to do on a rainy day or as a Thanksgiving project.
Ideabook updated on Nov. 20, 2012.
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