I've seen this idea around on blogland and thought I'd try my hand at it. Here are some I saw online.
If you go to Pinterest and type in "blessing tree", you'll find loads of ideas. Here's my take:
First I cut out leaves onto off-white card stock. Then I glued those onto colored scrapbook paper. Then I cut out these leaves a little larger by hand. I end up with this. (The vellum leaves are for fun.)
I had found a few sticks in my yard (this was easy considering we just had about 12 trees removed and there's lots of little debris.) Instead of leaving them "as is", I spray painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze to give an autumn-sparkly flair.
I used the Distress Ink to rough up the edges of the leaves a bit and then popped holes into the ends. I then came up with all things we're thankful for. I had to stop at 24 though... no more room on the tree!
Each leaf is tied to a branch.
I put the branches into foam in a planter I had sitting around.
Now it sits on our island as a daily reminder of all the things we are blessed with in our lives.