Since I didn’t have any of my supplies from last year I had to make do with what I had this year for our Thanksgiving tree. I even changed it up a bit because I had some new ideas.

First we got a branch off of a broken tree limb that had fallen into our yard from the storm the day before. Instead of taking off the leaves like we did last year, I decided to leave them on! I stuck the branch into a small vase filled with aquarium rocks and I didn’t even need the foam. The rocks held it in place perfectly. I then added ribbon to the vase and my daughter added ribbon to the branches.

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Then I had everyone trace their hands on fall colored construction paper, cut them out and write what they were thankful for on them. I didn’t get to take a picture of my stepsons but he made one too!

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And of course my hole punch was no where to be found and I am all out of hot glue sticks so I ended up having to staple the ribbon to construction paper. I figured since this year we are not having any company and the kids were having a good time doing it that they weren’t too concerned with how neat it looked lol.

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The kids hung all the hands on the tree and then we put it on the mantle. I will leave it up until Sunday, when we put up the Christmas decorations. I am also going to keep all of the hands and save them for next year. Maybe I will come up with a new way to combine them and also see the difference in my children and what they are thankful for a whole year later. 

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So this is our final product! We added some color to a tree branch with our hands, literally! And Viktor added some color to his complexion! 

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Happy Thanks giving from A Small Village!

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