Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fun Fall DIY Dream Tree For Thankgiving

In 2011 I made my first Dream Tree.  My daughter and I walked around our local park and collected a few pretty branches.  We arranged them in a vase, and began adding our dreams to it!  

West Elm would probably sell something like this for way too much.....but you can create it yourself!


This project was so easy and uplifting that I shared it on my  blog, then Houzz asked to share it on their website SEE IT HERE.  It has been linked to other DIY sites who have come up with their own Tree, and although there are a million and one ways to make a Dream Tree, each one is a beautiful inspirational addition to any space.

Here's the tree I did this year!

There are so many ways to use the Dream Tree:
-A teacher told me she uses it as a tool to get her students to read more (A Reading Tree)
-A staff member at a long stay home uses it with her patients 
-A host of Thanksgiving has her guests write on each leaf what they are thankful for and then uses the Dream Tree as the table centerpiece.

Turn it into a Winter 'Wish Ya' Tree

Once winter hits turn your Dream Tree into a Winter 'Wish Ya' tree!  Its so easy, and can be a great meaningful piece of holiday decor any where!

Here's how to create it:

You will need:
1. Wrapping paper
2. Branches (re use the Dream Tree branches)
3. Outdoor spray paint in silver
4. An empty box

This is super simple to make!

Wrap the outside of the box leaving the top open to place the branches in.  I added a bow.  

Add rocks to the inside of the box to weigh it down so it does not fall over; and the rocks will also hold the branches in.  

Write your 'wish ya' message on paper and tape them to ornaments.  Hang the ornaments from the branches using ornament hooks.  

If you want to get a bit more creative, add ribbon to the ornaments and snow flakes out of paper (simply fold up 3"x3" square paper into a triangle, then fold it again into a smaller triangle, and using a scissor, cut tiny triangles out of it in different places)

Ways you can use a 'Wish Ya' Tree:
-Create ornament messages that are reminders that 'wish ya' and yours well (like kindness, patience, health, happiness,..)

-Have your kids write messages of what they 'wish ya' for this season.  This is a good learning lesson to instill each year before getting all those presents!

-Use in an office space and have each employee add a 'wish ya' message for their fellow associates.

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