thankful tree {with free printable tags}

this post is a repeat from last year, but certainly worth sharing again

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This season leading up to Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. If there is anything I’d like to be, it is thankful, and so I love the idea of expressing our gratitude both in spoken and written word.

thankful tags in silver

I have created a set of cards to help encourage this attitude of thankfulness.

thankful card place setting

You could put one at each place setting at the the Thanksgiving table, have your family and friends fill them out and share with each other. My sister does this each night leading up to Thanksgiving with her family and then saves the cards to read the following year.

thankful card

Another great way to use the cards is to turn them into tags

thankful for eggnog lattes

and hang them on a thankful tree.

thankful tree 2011

The boys and I tromped out into the woods, cut down a few branches, put them into a heavy urn and filled the bottom with stones to hold the branches in place.

thankful tree in urn

Every day, we each write one thing we are thankful for. And the rule is that nothing can be duplicated. This is our first year doing a thankful tree and I’m looking forward to seeing what the kids comes up with. I hope it is a great way to instill in them the importance of having a thankful heart. I know it will be good practice for us all.

More photos and a free printable pdf after the read more link…

thankful tree living room

thankful for legos

thankful for apple crisp

thankful for me

If you would like to do a thankful tree in your home, or if you’d like to use these cards at your dinner table, please download the pdf below.


There are ten subtle fall colors and each card is 2 x 3.5.

To create the tags, I cut out the card, punched a hole, added hole reinforcement stickers, and cut the edges at an angle {or don’t}.


I hope you find great ways to use these cards.


Click the image below to download.



Happy Thanksgiving!

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We started our tree yesterday. The boys were so excited to do it again this year. I’m so glad we started the tradition.

36 Responses to thankful tree {with free printable tags}

  1. jennifer December 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    I would love to know what pattern your plates are and where they are from, so pretty!

  2. Amy Moe November 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to Thank you. You made this so much easier for me this year. For the past few Thanksgivings I’ve wanted to do a Thanksgiving tree. The day you sent the free Thankful tags, I printed them off, went outside and cut off some branches, put the branches in my favorite large vase, and then Whola- a Thankful tree. My family loves it, and so do I- it makes me happy to see everyday.

  3. Deanna November 15, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Thank you so much for this delightful idea and sweet tags. I am definitely doing this for Thanksgiving this year with my family. Thanks again!!

  4. lynda November 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I made these tags last year and my word- what a wonderful activity for Thanksgiving day. I actually framed a few of the tags as Christmas gifts for my Mom and my sister- tags that the kids had made saying I am thankful for- grandma and I am thankful for family. Oddly enough I pulled out the pattern over the weekend to get a new batch of tags ready for this year. Thank you!!!! Lynda

  5. Amanda November 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Can you add your favorite pens to tools I use? 😀

  6. Allison November 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I loooove this! We’ve instituted this with our family this year as well.
    I had a question about the paper that you use. I have a couple of your gorgeous prints, and I was hoping to use similar paper for the tags for our Thankful Tree this year. I tried looking at your “Tools I Use” link, but when I tried to follow your linen paper link, the site said that the source couldn’t be found. Would you mind sharing?

  7. Amy November 7, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Would it be possible to provide this file without the coverpage? I do not have a color printer and would like to send the file to FedExOffice for printing, but do not want to have to print the informational sheet as well. Thanks!

    • emily November 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      You can request that only the second page is printed. That will be the easiest fix.

  8. Amy Chavez November 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these again this year! Last year, I glued them back to back on a toothpick and placed them by the pumpkin roll that we make for Thanksgiving. Everyone wrote a comment on them, and placed it in the cake. Everyone loved the idea! Thanks!

  9. lauren November 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    thank you for sharing these! we’ve been noting what we’re thankful for each day, so this is a perfect place to do that! not to mention, it’s a good-looking way, too.

  10. melodee@polkadotnotebook November 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    this is awesome! pinning it right now and using your darling idea for Thanksgiving:) thank you!

  11. LLH Designs November 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I’m clueless about how to share a printable, so I’m going to send some blog friends to you! I didn’t do a whole post on our tree, but mentioned it was time and already had someone ask me for details. Your post came at the perfect time! Thanks for sharing such cute tags!

  12. Dorothy Garman November 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I love this idea ! I had done one last year , and loved it . On sat. I was just thinking I would love to do one again , so thanks for posting it again !

  13. Debbie C November 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    I always love seeing this idea around Thanksgiving, yours is lovely! Thanks for the cards!

  14. Shannon November 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    LOVE love love these cards! Thanks for sharing them.

    Also, I love the music sheets and placemats. Is it from an old hymn book, or is there a place online to download them?


  15. Chaney November 5, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it again and reminding us what this time of year should be about – thankfulness!

  16. Cristina November 5, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you for your generosity. I’m also going to try and make them with Bazzil Basic papers. We don’t have Thanksgiving here in Spain, but we can always do it in Christmas or any other gathering. I’m sure we’ve lots of things to be thankful for.
    Thanks again,

  17. Cindy November 5, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    What sort of paper do I purchase, and where do I find it?

    What a great idea–love your blog!!

  18. Lindsey November 5, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Love this! What a wonderful idea! I agree with Kelly, thank you for being so generous & sharing your talent with us all!

  19. Jessica Vickery November 5, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    This is one of the best ideas I have seen for this season! I love it. Thank you for sharing with us!

  20. Pam Saltmarsh November 5, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Darling tags! I am having a hard time getting them to load. Is the link working?

    Thanks so much,
    Pam :)

    • emily November 5, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      Make sure you open with adobe reader. And sometimes switching to a different web browser will also help {I use firefox}

  21. Danicka November 5, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Great idea! Absolutely love your plates and silver! Beautiful!

  22. Sandra Tanksley November 5, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I am thankful for your talents and your generous and sweet spirit!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


  23. Katie November 5, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    I just adore this idea. I’ve started an online picture journal with my thankful bits but i love the tangible and interactive nature of this. :)

  24. Lisa November 5, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you Emily! I love this—it’s beautiful, and I want to use it!!!

    I recently have been having trouble downloading the graphics (monthly giveaways and links). I click on the image and it directs me to another page that is blank. If I try to just save the link, it’s very low resolution (which makes sense). I am on a Mac using version 10.8.

    Thanks for any help you can give (and maybe others that are suffering?)

    I, too, thank you for your generosity!

  25. Kelly - Talk of the House November 5, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Wonderful idea! Thank you for being so generous with your creativity, Emily.

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