Happy Wednesday, sweet friends! November is always such a crazy time, trying to figure out when to start putting up Christmas decor, without forgetting about Thanksgiving. So, I’m sure that amongst my Christmas decor, that will be coming at you real soon, there will still be a few more fall and Thanksgiving posts this month.

Today, I’m so excited to be joining a few girls for a DIY challenge hosted by Terrie, from Decorate and More With Tip. The challenge guidelines were simple, use some sort of glass jar or cylinder to create something for fall…

Using one of my favorite vintage jars, and a branch that I found on the ground, I created our annual gratitude tree.

This is a tradition that I started last year. I made a single gold leaf for each of my four boys, my husband, and I. We each wrote what we were most grateful for. This year, I will make six more leaves, and we will do the same. It will be so much fun to see this little tree grow as the years pass!

To make the leaves….

Cut the top and bottom off empty soda cans. Rinse and dry.

Trace your pattern, I used a faux leaf.

Cut out…

Draw your veining on the leaf. Use something that will indent the tin, but not puncture it. I used a mechanical pencil without lead…

Spray paint with your favorite gold spray paint, and you’re done!

Once dry, I had each of my boys write what they are most grateful for on their leaf, using a silver sharpie marker.

It’s fun to look back to what we each wrote last year!

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  1. Emily this is fabulous and speaks to the season. Also a lesson for families and children with it being fun.


    1. Thank you so much!!!

  2. Emily I love your tradition of the leaves. What a great thing to have when the boys are grown up and has family of their own. I love it!

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  3. These are so pretty! I love the idea of having a gratitude tree, too. I’m pinning this so I can remember to make these leaves! I can’t believe they are made from cans! Very creative!

    1. You’re so sweet!! Thank you so much!!!

  4. How sweet is that?! This is such a wonderful tradition and beautiful display. Had no idea your leaves were made from pop cans. I thought it was paper spray painted gold. Pinning this for next year’s family inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  5. What a great idea Emily! Those will be so precious to look back on each year.

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  6. Okay I clearly remember this challenge and it’s hard to believe it was a year ago! I love this so much. I really want to make some leaves and hang them like you have here but I don’t drink soda so I’m not sure what I would do for the metal to make them from. Might have to buy a pack of soda and just dump them down the sink! hahaha

  7. […] the metal leaves I made last year from soda cans? I got the idea straight from Emily and really liked how they turned […]

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