2013 celebration moment #1: Learning to drive in my 30’s was the HARDEST THING I’VE EVER DONE. EVER. It was harder than starting a business from scratch, writing a 17,000 word dissertation, racing up a 4000 metre mountain….it was almost IMPOSSIBLE> But I persevered. I persisted and thank goodness I finally passed my test this year! Wooohoooo!

Step Seven: Find an awesome spot on your tree to hang your leaf moment! Now go through the same process with your remaining 11 leaves.

Step One: Gather some branches from your garden or local park and arrange them into a vase or a bucket or some sort. The sticks I found were all quite large, but I decided they worked well in a tall glass vase.

Learn how to make your own Xmas gratitude tree from scratch with a step by step process.

My kitty cat peaches was keen to help source the branches for my tree!

How to Make Your Own Xmas Gratitude Tree

Step Two: Spend some time remembering your 12 most memorable moments from 2013.

Step Two: Spend some time remembering your 12 most memorable moments from

Step Three: Using a pencil draw a rough outline of a leaf shape on one of your pieces of card. I chose a christmassy theme of gold and have a few different types of gold card – some glittery and some just plain gold to mix things up a bit. Now cut out your leaf (and use your eraser to rub out any pencil outline marks).

Learn how to make your own Xmas gratitude tree from scratch with a step by step process.


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Step Six: Cut a piece of string and thread it through the hole and tie a knot. Trim any loose ends.

Learn how to make your own Xmas gratitude tree from scratch with a step by step process.

Step Five: Write your moment of gratitude onto your leaf! Remember this can either be an accomplishment or a simple memory of something you enjoyed in 2013. Also don’t forget to celebrate other people’s successes by adding in your friends or families achievements too. The first thing I wanted to celebrate was passing my driving test!

Learn how to make your own Xmas gratitude tree from scratch with a step by step process.

My dollar store Christmas ball wreath! Used the wire hangar method. Glued the extra ornaments with a hot glue gun.

My dollar store Christmas ball wreath! Used the wire hangar method. Glued the extra ornaments with a hot glue gun.

Christmas tree I think Im going to make one of these for my mailbox post underneath the mailbox itself

Rustic Barn Wood Christmas Tree Outdoor - Handmade From Reclaimed Wood & Tree Branches - rustic, primitive Christmas tree, rustic decor on Etsy

Barb wire wreath with burlap bowwith a 10 by KimsPrimitiveCrafts, $35.00

Barb wire wreath with burlap bow,with a star and red berries and rusty stars

Holiday Decorating Ideas - Country Christmas Decorations - Country Living (use Scrabble letters for Season's Greetings)

This is kinda cute

Creative Cain Cabin: Christmas Decorating on a Budget Idea - Christmas Tree Ladder.great idea for a construction/hardware company Christmas party!

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