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A Jar Full of Thanks!

If you’ve been on Pinterest or Facebook for any amount of time, then I’m sure you’ve seen this…

Sayings; Thought

Pretty powerful, huh?

It’s amazing how we come to God in our time of need…when we are hurting…when we want His help… 

But, how often do you thank Him?

Funny how we tell our children day in and day out to be thankful, and yet when we go to our Father, we act like a child and forget to be thankful too.

This Thanksgiving, I wanted to start a new tradition with my family.  I wanted my family to think of what they are thankful for each morning and write it down on a piece of paper.  I told my kids we would share what we were thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.

The more I thought about it, the more I thought about how fun it would be to create an “I’m Thankful For…” jar.

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

I wanted something the kids would enjoy and something that would also allow us to decorate for Thanksgiving.  (What really happened is that the teacher in me came out and wanted to play!)

A Jar Full of Thanks….a DIY…

Here’s how I made it…

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

Step One:  Grab a clear Ball Jar.

I have SEVERAL of these in my garage so I can craft with them at any time.  I highly recommend you go get a box of them from Hobby Lobby.  They’re great to have on hand!  Just sayin’.

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

Step Two:  Choose four different colors of construction paper.  

Then, cut out feathers for the back of your turkey.  

I cut out four feathers in two different sizes.  

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

Step Three:  Using a hot glue gun, glue the feathers to the back of the jar.  

I layered in the small ones on top of the large ones.

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

Step Four:  Create a turkey head.  Isn’t he cute?

Hot glue his head on to the front of the jar.

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

Step Five:  Print out “I Am Thankful For…” to use as a sign.

Cut out two hands and attach it to your sign.

Hot glue it to your turkey.

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

Step Six:  Cut out several strips of brown paper. (Unless you want a red or blue or yellow turkey.  That could be fun too.)

Each day, family members will write one thing they are thankful for on a strip of paper.

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

Step Seven:  Roll the strip of paper around a pen or pencil.

A Jar Full of Thanks

 

Step Eight:  Drop rolled papers in the jar each morning.

Once Thanksgiving day arrives, you’ll have a turkey full of thanks!

Then, at your Thanksgiving meal, pass the jar around and take turns pulling out a strip and reading it aloud.

So there you have it!  A super fun and easy… and meaningful… craft you can do with your family this Thanksgiving!

 

This Thanksgiving I pray that you remember it’s not about the food at the table, the family that can’t get along, the travel, who’s cooking what, or how much you can’t stand Aunt Murtle, but that it is about having a thankful heart.  One that goes to our Father and remembers to thank Him for everything you have…

….including Aunt Murtle.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

Much love,

Claire

 

 

 

 

Thankful at Home Tour:

Monday:
Savvy Southern Style
Finding Home
Lilacs & Longhorns
The Inspired Room
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Stone Gable
Debbiedoos
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Maison de Pax
Confessions of a Plate Addict
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Thistlewood Farm
Eclectically Vintage
My Soulful Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Southern Hospitality
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The Lilypad Cottage
A Little Claireification
Fresh Idea Studio
Pennywise
The Rustic Pig
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Housepitality Designs
Mom4Real
Country Design Style
The Everyday Home
Unskinny Boppy

Claire

My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!

      

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Comments

  1. Very cute idea and a great tradition to start with your family. Yes, we need to all be very thankful for all our many blessings.

  2. Love this post friend! So doing this with my kids 🙂
    Kelly @thelilypadcottage recently posted…Thanksgiving Mantel DecorMy Profile

  3. Claire that is adorable. God Bless xo
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  4. Claire this is such a great idea. We have know children but it can be done for your extended family, I suppose. It is true what you said about being thankful. Not to sound so righteous but I truly than God everyday for my life. I love my life even though I have struggles at times.

    Cynthia
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  5. Wonderful and sweet idea. I’m sure everyone will have a grand time reading the thankful notes on Thanksgiving. ~Jeanette
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  6. Love this, Claire! I can tell you were a teacher! lol I’m going to use this idea…love that you do this every day. My kids (and me, too) need to be reminded every day as to how blessed we are. I’m so glad you’re on this tour, Claire!!
    Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns} recently posted…Thankful at Home {An Attitude of Gratitude}My Profile

  7. SO cute, Claire! My family will love this! Thanks for sharing your feelings and tender spirit with us. I love being a part of this series with you.
    Make it a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    xoxo
    Meegan recently posted…Thrifted “Bathroom” DoorMy Profile

  8. We have done something similar to this for years but have never used a jar. That is a really cute idea- xo Diana
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  9. What a fun idea and cute too! The kids must love this little guy!
    Kelly
    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage recently posted…Trimming the Tree and Save on Lights!My Profile

  10. Claire, what a fun DIY! I wish I’d had teachers as creative as you. Beautiful sentiments and photos. It’s great being on the tour with your today! I count it among my blessing.
    Cheers to you and yours,
    Therese
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio recently posted…our Thanksgiving traditionMy Profile

  11. This is delightful! The turkey is adorable and what a wonderful family tradition to start!
    I hadn’t seen that quote before but it truly makes you think- thanks so much for sharing!
    Christina recently posted…Thanksgiving LightMy Profile

  12. Really something to think about daily & what a darling craft! Thank you for being on tour with us Claire!
    kelly@mysoulfulhome recently posted…Thankful at Home Tour – Thanksgiving TraditionMy Profile

  13. What a wonderful idea….I just may make that jar with my granddaughter and she can gather all of the “thankful messages” on Thanksgiving day…and yes, the quote is certainly a very powerful message!…have a wonderful Thanksgiving Claire!

  14. Love this cute idea!! Pinning it!
    Beth@Unskinny Boppy recently posted…Thankful at Home: Fall TraditionsMy Profile

  15. This is just so cute! I thought that I would add it to my Thanksgiving idea page. Check it out here http://hollyshome-hollyshome.blogspot.com/p/fun-and-free-thanksgiving-ideas-for.html
    HollysHome recently posted…A Fingerprint Reindeer Christmas CardMy Profile

  16. Oh, this is adorable! Hope you’re doing well, my friend!~~Angela
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  17. OMGosh, Claire. I got chills at the first image. Wow. So needed to read that. “What if…?”
    I can tell you honestly there are days I would have woken up with NOTHING if that were the case. That is so powerful. I ADORE your “Jar Full Of Thanks”. I am so happy to have been a part of this tour with you {and can you believe there are TWO “Claires”?? LOL}. Love this. Pinning and thankful for getting to know you a little better too!! xoxo
    Claire @ A Little Claireification recently posted…Crock Pot French Dip Sandwich & More | Best Of The Weekend Party!My Profile

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