Thankfulness Tree Mural 

Cutout paper hands being used as leaves on a large paper tree. Each hand labeled with something to be thankful for.

As the leaves and temperatures drop, bring the beauty of the vibrant fall landscape into your home. This craft repurposes your stash of brown paper grocery bags to make a grand tribute to gratefulness.

Things You'll Need:

  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Red, orange and yellow construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Painter’s tape


  1. Find a large, empty space on a wall in your home. Cut several paper bags so they can unfold and lie flat. With scissors and your imagination, begin shaping and taping your tree up the wall—from trunk to branches. Your tree can be as little as your smallest kiddo or it can reach all the way up to the ceiling.
  2. Trace the hands of family members on the construction paper and have an older child or a grown up cut them out. Facilitate a conversation about the time of year giving us all a moment to pause and reflect. What are you grateful, thankful and appreciative for?
  3. Everyone can make as many paper “leaves” as they’d like, write their sentiments and tape to them to the paper tree. Using painter’s tape will prevent any paint from peeling off when it’s time to take the tree and leaves down.