Gratitude + A Simple Life DIY

November 22, 2017 0 Comments

Gratitude + A Simple Life DIY

It's here!  No, we aren't referring to Christmas, though you would think from our red & green infused instagram feeds that once the Halloween costumes come off we are in full on Christmas mode.  We are referring to that other deliciously cozy holiday tucked into the end of autumn...the day when families and friends gather around tables bedecked with too many chairs and too much food...when the button on your blue jeans is in as much danger as the fine china heaped with mashed potatoes being passed from generation to generation around the table.  Whatever it may like in your home, Thanksgiving is upon us, and we hope you find yourself surrounded with all the beauty that reminds us to be thankful for this life.  

We have much to be thankful for here at Magnolia Roots Co. this year.  Our family, friends, health, and thanks to you, a growing business.  Thank you for making our little business what it is today, we have been blessed beyond measure by your support and are so honored to be able to be giving a portion of that blessing back to support the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund.  Thank you friends for helping to protect our beautiful world, so that many more Thanksgivings can be shared around crowded tables when we no longer walk this earth.  

This time of year brings with it so many meaningful traditions and we thought we would share one of our favorites with you this Thanksgiving, a Giving Tree!  This sweet centerpiece serves as a reminder every year of Thanksgivings past, every year we laugh and reminisce as we re-read the 'leaves' on our tree.  In our experience children tend to either be ridiculously funny or completely bland in their responses to the question, "What are you thankful for?"  Some prompts to help them really think about what things they are thankful for could include, "What is a time this past year that you were thankful for?", "What things are you thankful for every day of the year?", and "What things would you miss if you did not have them in your life?" .  There are many ways to put this tree together that can suit the size of your family and style of your home, so have fun making it your own!

Items to gather for your Giving Tree:

  • A vase, pitcher or planter
  • Your "tree" - we used branches here, but a manzanita shrub, wooden tree or metal tree would all work well!
  • Your "leaves" - we used recycled kraft paper tags, and a leaf punch to create the leaf shape.  You could create your own paper leaves or even write on real leaves that were preserved and sealed in beeswax. 
  • Ties or wire to affix your leaves to your tree

We've included some of our favorite supplies in the links below!

We love this manzanita branch for a natural take on a "tree".

These sweet recycled tags and twine are perfect for writing your gratitudes on.

For the crafty, this leaf punch is perfect for turning your favorite paper into leaves.

For a more traditional version of a tree, we love this white beauty!


We'd love to hear what traditions your family has during this time of the year!  A favorite recipe?  A fun game?  Let us know in the comments below!

Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.    Charles E. Jefferson


We love slow living.  Make sure to check out our simple life products and share the message that the sweetest things in life are the simplest.  WE GIVE BACK! With your help, we plant one acre of wildflowers each month through the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund. Learn more about this amazing organization here.


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Measurements can vary up to 1/2" depending on the color, material, etc. 


XS = Length: 27"// Width: 16.5”

S = Length: 28"// Width: 18”

M = Length: 29"// Width: 20”

L = Length: 30"// Width: 22”

XL = Length: 31"// Width: 24”

2XL = Length: 32"// Width: 26”



S = Length: 25.5"// Width: 15.5”

M = Length: 26"// Width: 16.5”

L = Length: 27"// Width: 17”

XL = Length: 27.5"// Width: 18”

2XL = Length: 28"// Width: 19”


0-3M Onesie= Length 14” // Width 7” 

3-6M Onesie= Length 15” // Width 8” 

6-9M Onesie= Length 16” // Width 8” 

9-12M Onesie= Length 17” // Width 8.5” 

12-18M T-shirt= Length 14” // Width 11” 

18-24M T-shirt= Length 14.5” // Width 11.5” 

2T= Length 15” // Width 11” 

3T= Length 15.5” // Width 11.5” 

4T= Length 16.5” // Width 12” 

6 (Youth Small)= Length 18” // Width 14” 

8= Length 20” // Width 14.5” 

10= Length 21.5” // Width 15.5” 



3-6M Onesie = Length: 16" // Width: 8"

6-12M Onesie = Length: 17.5"// Width: 9.5"

12-18M T-shirt = Length: 13" // Width: 10.5"

18-24M T-shirt = Length: 14"// Width: 11"

2T T-shirt = Length: 16" // Width: 11"

3T T-shirt = Length: 16.5"// Width: 12” 

4T T-shirt = Length: 17.5"// Width: 13.5” 

5T T-shirt = Length: 18.5"// Width: 14” 

Youth Small T-shirt = Length: 20.5"// Width: 14.5” 



XS = Length: 24.5"// Width: 16” 

S = Length: 26"// Width: 16.5” 

M = Length: 26"// Width: 17.5” 

L = Length: 26.5"// Width: 18” 

XL = Length: 27"// Width: 19” 



XS = Length: 25.5"// Width: 16” 

S = Length: 26"// Width: 18” 

M = Length: 27.5"// Width: 20” 

L = Length: 28.5"// Width: 22.5” 

XL = Length: 29.5"// Width: 23.5” 



S = Length: 25"// Width: 16” 

M = Length: 25.5"// Width: 16.5” 

L = Length: 26"// Width: 18.5” 

XL = Length: 26.5"// Width: 18.5” 




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