If you’ve been on Pinterest or Facebook for any amount of time, then I’m sure you’ve seen this…
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.
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…
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’.
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.
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.
Step Four: Create a turkey head. Isn’t he cute?
Hot glue his head on to the front of the jar.
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.
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.
Step Seven: Roll the strip of paper around a pen or pencil.
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?
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