This year, more than ever before, I’m finding myself in need of counting my blessings. In this season of gratitude, I’m trying hard to focus on the things I’m thankful for, rather than on all the things that are hard and not-so-normal. One way our family likes to do this is with our Thankful Pumpkin tradition, which has taken the world by storm over the past few years. Here is another way you can practice gratitude while creating a beautiful, seasonal piece of home decor.
Twine or string
Tree branch or faux tree
Fine tip permanent or paint marker
Step 1: Create your salt dough leaves.
Click here for the simple recipe; all you need is flour, salt, and water. Roll out the dough, cut leaf shapes with a tiny cutter like this one, and use a toothpick to poke holes in the dough before you bake it. Bake for 3 hours(ish) at 275 F. You can find full instructions in my Cinnamon Salt Dough post.
Step 2: Write your blessings on the leaves.
Use a fine tip permanent marker or paint pen to write something you’re grateful for on each leaf.
Step 3: Tie a piece of twine or string to each leaf as a hanger.
Use the holes you poked prior to baking the leaves.
Step 4: Hang the leaves on a branch or small tree.
I used a branch from the tree in our front yard and placed it in a flowerpot.
If you plan to display your tree outdoors on a covered porch like mine, your leaves should be just fine. If there’s a chance they’ll get wet, though, you’ll want to apply a spray sealer to protect them.
Whether you place your tree inside or out, it’s a beautiful reminder of the many reasons for gratitude, even in the midst of a difficult year for all of us.
What are your favorite traditions for focusing on gratitude? I’d love for you to share them with us in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group!
If you like this idea, don’t forget to save it to Pinterest and/or share it with a friend.