Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Naturally, I’m a real big fan of the food. Who isn’t? In addition, though, my family has always taken some time out of the evening to reflect on the things that we’re really grateful for. Be it in the form of a list on notecards, shared verbally around the table, or in the form of a Gratitude Tree! A gratitude tree is a way to display the things you’re grateful for while creating a beautiful and seasonal display. Each dinner guest gets a paper leaf or a few leaves, and they write something they’re thankful for on each leaf. It’s a great activity to do at a Thanksgiving gathering.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

A bonus element to this tree is the Acorn Favors! Each acorn is actually an eos First Snow Lip Balm in disguise! Before you send your guests away after the big feast, tell them to take an acorn off the gratitude tree. This eos First Snow Sphere is the perfect gift to send your friends and family home with as the scent characterizes the cozy time of year. It’s fresh and crisp and smells SO good. Plus, your lips will be in need of some extra TLC with the winter chill on the way!Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

Eos Lipbalm Acorn Favors

We were inspired by a little paper acorn that paper flower master, Tiffanie Turner, author of The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, gave me when she held a workshop at our studio a few years back. It was such a sweet memory that we had to create our own version!

Materials:

Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

Directions for Paper Leaves:

  1. Cut out leaves in the different shades of cardstocks and punch a hole at the top of the leaf. Thread a piece of twine through the hole and tie a knot to create a loop to hang.

Directions for eos Acorns:

  1. Cut a piece of gold crepe paper about 3 inches tall by 4 inches wide.
  2. Stretch out the crepe paper to remove the ridges and increase the width of the paperGratitude Tree with Acorns favors
  3. Wrap the crepe paper around the eos lip balm, so the round side is facing down and the flat side is on top. Overlap the edges of the crepe paper just sightly and secure with hot glue, being careful not to get any glue on the eos.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors
  4. Trim off any excess paper. This should create a cylinder of paper around the eos.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors
  5. To create the acorn shape, you want to make sure there is about 1-inch crepe paper on top exceeding the height of the eos, and 1/2-inch crepe paper bottom.
  6. At the bottom of the eos, gently pinch the 1/2-inch of crepe paper together to a point. Secure with a dot of glue.
  7. At the top, gently twist the 1-inch of crepe paper to create a small stem. Secure with a dot of glue.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors
  8. Cut 1/2-inch strips of brown crepe paper, perpendicular to the grain. Stretch out to remove the ridges.
  9. Fringe the outstretched strips of paper by 1-cm wide slits into the strip.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors
  10. Take the eos, and wrap the fringe around the upper third of the eos, securing with glue as you go. You’ll want to place the fringe directly above the previous line of fringe, so that it has a layered appearance.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors
  11. Once you cover the top of the acorn completely with fringe, take your scissors and gently curl the fringe outwards so it has a slightly curled edge.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors
  12. Tie or glue on a piece of twine to the ‘stem’ of the acorn so you can hang them on your gratitude tree.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

This post was sponsored by eos. All opinions are my own and I am a genuine fan of the product. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Lars thriving. 

Photography by Jane Merritt

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