Giving Thanks-Free Thankful Banner Download

Last year, we did a thankful tree on Thanksgiving day. This year, the girls have a jar of leaves that they can write or draw on whenever they want to add to this banner in our kitchen.

I’m hoping it’s a great way for them to see what their parents are grateful for and encourages them to remember to be thankful too.

This is the simplest banner to make, and it changes as you add more leaves or birds! I hope ours is squished to the brim when the month is over.

I threw on a little glitter mist because it was lying around (so it’s completely optional). I liked the Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mist for the brown and orange leaves and the Tattered Angels Glitter Mist in Sweet Clover for the olive green leaves.

If you aren’t into the Glitter Mist, just let your little ones scribble away to add their “thanks.” Get bigger kids to help you cut out the leaves (or sit in front of your favorite show as you cut them out).

Hang the banner in a place that you’ll see often (ours is in the doorway between our living room and kitchen) so that you’ll see it often and remember to add to it.

I’m hoping ours is an opportunity to really remember what this month is about (rather than a jump start on Christmas). If it’s successful, we may just change up the colors for Christmasand use it place holder for “good deeds done” during December to encourage friendship and giving.

Here’s the full tutorial plus pattern for you to download! Hope you have fun and are able to give thanks at the same time!



  1. LeAnn

    What a lovely idea! Thank you for the download!

  2. Bobbie Fraine

    Thanks so much for the idea and download! I have forwarded this on to a group of young moms who have been fb posting their thankfulness daily. What a great way for them to start for next year with their home schoolers!

  3. marilyn

    What a great idea! Thanks, Carina…Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Debbie

    What an awesome idea!

  5. Debbie Craine

    Great idea Thanks for the patterns.

  6. Laura Atwell

    I love this idea, not only am I going to do this at home, but I think also in my class room. I teach children with autism. doing something daily is a great way for them to learn. And what better thing to learn about than giving thanks : )

  7. Yvonne

    Thank you for sharing such a simple, creative way for families to share what they are thankful for.

  8. Sherrie

    Thank you for the great idea. We are using this in our church for the children to write down things they are Thankful for what a blessing this will be for everyone to read these thoughts from our children. Thank You

  9. Brittany

    I am starting this tomorrow with the two kids that I nanny. We will do one thing we are thankful for every day of November! Thanks so much for the printable!!

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  11. Julia

    Love this idea!!

  12. Allison

    This is such a wonderful idea! We’ll be doing it for a family night to get us started on a month of gratitude. Thank you for this!

  13. Ang

    I made this and love it – thank you! Just wondering if there is a tip for keeping the clothespins straight up. Mine flip over as soon as I hang a leaf up so they are upside down…

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  16. tami

    Thanks so much for the template. We have done thankful trees for a few years, and I love the garland idea!

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  19. Robin Marshall

    Thank you for sharing. This is such a wonderful idea, and I can’t wait to do this with my 6 year old daughter and husband this year! Blessings to you and your family!

  20. Michelle R

    LOVE THIS! Saw it on Pinterest and am going to adapt it to use in my classroom this November. I always do some kind of what am I thankful for writing prompt. These are going up outside of our room on a banner. I even have the perfect colored cardstock to print the leaves and bird on. Thank you.

  21. Stacy@ The Serene Swede

    I can’t wait to do this with my kids! What a great way to teach them to recognize that there are things to be grateful for everyday 🙂 Pinned!

  22. Nicole

    This is simply amazing – so glad I found this before November so I can actually do this project. Our son is just 8 months old this season, but what an amazing thing for a couple to do to cultivate thanksgiving in our lives. We have a lot to be thankful for!!

    Nicole @ WKH

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  25. Dana

    I love this idea!! I can’t wait to do this with my cildren and husband. It is so important to be reminded of how much good is in the world! =)

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  31. Claire

    This is such a cute idea and beautiful design! Cutting and handwriting practice for kids and a cute decoration for the house! Can’t wait to do this with my kids!

  32. Angela

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m going to be doing a thankful tree on my blog and i’m going to include a link to your download for the leaves! thanks so much for sharing!

  33. Mandy

    Such a cute idea! Simple and creative. Thanks for the download.

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  35. Vee

    A wonderful idea for anyone, even if living alone it is important to remember all the blessings we are surrounded by. Thanks.

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  39. artsysahm

    This is beautiful banner! I wonder why I can’t download it. Is there any other link where I can download this 🙂

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  43. Debbie Wyler

    Hi. I just came across this post on pinterest. I would love to do this with my family but I can’t seem to download your pdf. Any tips? Could you email it to me?
    Thanks so much!

  44. Debbie Wyler

    It downloaded. I’m sorry. Apparently my computer is just really slow tonight. Thanks!

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