Making a gratitude tree is a timely craft for Mabon or Thanksgiving, and it’s something the whole family can do.
Start by finding one branch or several small ones to place in a vase or other container that is weighted with rocks, sand, etc. to keep it from tipping.
Cut leaves out of paper in fall colors. On each, write something for which you are thankful. To hang on the branch, punch a hole and tie one end to the leaf and the other to the branch. You can also tape the thread to the leaf.
To use real leaves, write on them with a Sharpie. Keep them from drying out by ironing them between pieces of waxed paper that you peel off when cool, or dipping in melted wax. Use thread to hang them from the branches.
You can also hang photos, bells, crystals, pendants and other small objects. To add more color, consider wrapping the branches in embroidery floss or yarn.
Depending on its size, your tree will make a seasonal centerpiece, an altar item or it can decorate a corner or entryway.
Consider keeping it after the season is over. You can use it to hang paper ornaments at Yule, perhaps with random acts of kindness as you do them. Hearts listing things you love can dress up Valentine’s Day, while eggs with what you hope to manifest can be hung for Ostara.
For more ideas, this is one of many sites online. https://rhythmsofplay.com/top-10-thankful-trees/
Merry part. And merry meet again.
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All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.