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Create a fun, festive, thankful tree featuring Olaf from Frozen! This is an easy DIY | Craft that simply uses white pumpkins and a few items that you probably already have around the house. My kids love giving their thankful tags to Olaf to hold. I bet yours will too!
Every fall, my daughters and I love decorating our house with lots of baby pumpkins and gourds. We paint them pink for breast cancer awareness month, we decorate them with googly eyes, we leave them plain in their natural beauty, and sometimes we ask “Do you want to build a snowman?” to which we all respond: Of Course!
How to Make an Olaf Thankful Tree
If you look on Pinterest, there are a lot of Olaf Pumpkin ideas. Some are pretty complicated (and uber fancy) as you can imagine, but this one is EXTREMELY easy.
Supplies to make an Olaf Thankful Tree:
- 3 small white pumpkins (if you can’t find white pumpkins, you can always use paint)
- a black sharpie
- some twigs
- a baby carrot
a knife or scissors
Important Tip when Picking Out Your Pumpkins
When you pick out your pumpkins, keep in mind the basics of building a real snowman. You want the base to be a little bit bigger than the other two pumpkins. The middle pumpkin should be a little bit smaller than the base and likewise for the head/top pumpkin. Also try to find pumpkins without stems for the base or middle, so they will stack nicely. (Most white, baby pumpkins come without stems so that shouldn’t be a big concern.)
Once you have all three baby pumpkins selected, it’s time to create Olaf!
Grab your sharpie and have fun.
Here’s how I decorated Olaf:
- Base Pumpkin – Draw three round buttons.
- Middle Pumpkin – Draw a big smiley mouth with two buck teeth.
- Top Pumpkin – Draw two big eyes and eye brows.
How to Assemble your Olaf Thankful Tree:
Middle Pumpkins –
Take a knife and make a small hole above the mouth for the carrot nose, then insert the carrot. (You may need to scrape the bottom end of the carrot a little so it fits nicely. Be sure that the pointy side of the carrot is facing out.) Then make another small hole on each side for the arms then insert the twigs.
Top Pumpkin –
Make a small hole on the tippy top for Olaf’s hair and insert some twigs.
Stack your pumpkins like you would a snowman.
Remember, Olaf is known for coming apart, so there’s no need to use any adhesive.
You want the body parts to be able to separate.
Lastly, take some gift tagsand write an “I’m thankful” prompt.
Creating thankful conversations
We incorporate ideas of thankfulness into our dinner conversation throughout the month of November. After dinner, we then add our thankful tag of the day to the Olaf tree. My daughters love giving Olaf messages to “hold.” We started doing this last year, and I found it really helped my daughters start to think about the concepts of gratitude and thankfulness. I even noticed they would reference the Olaf Tree throughout the year when they were really thankful for something.
Do you have a Thankful Tree? I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below.
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HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!