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,






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DIY Lantern Ghosts

Can you believe Halloween is almost here?

My kids are beyond excited!  Plus, I am feeling very accomplished since I bought their costumes at the beginning of the month rather than waiting until the day before like I typically do. Please tell me I am not alone here?  Surely you wait until the last minute too?  You know, when there is nothing left except a Care Bear or Strawberry Shortcake costume.  So, this year, I totally deserve the Mother-of-the-Year award since not only do we have our costumes, but we have pumpkins!  In case you missed the pumpkin story, you can read that one here.

We still have to carve our pumpkins, but that will have to wait until a few days before so we don’t end up with moldy pumpkins.

So lately, I have worked hard on trying to think of decorating ideas that are easy for anyone to do.  Today’s Halloween decorating idea definitely falls into that category…EASY!  

Last week I shared my Bowling Pin Ghosts, and today, I have another ghostly decorating idea using Mod Podge and Stiffy!

DIY Lantern Ghosts…

DIY Lantern Ghosts


Here’s how I made them…

DIY Lantern Ghosts


Two different sized lanterns

Stiffy by Plaid

Mod Podge: Outdoor 



100% Cotton Premium Cut Wiping Cloths 10″x 15″

Outdoor LED lights


Step One:  The first thing I did was get several of my premium cut wiping cloths out (you can find these at any home improvement store in the paint section).  These cloths are perfect for this project because they are thin and light weight.  They are also already cut to the perfect size making this project even easier!  

I poured out some Stiffy (fabric stiffener made by Plaid) into a shallow bowl.  

DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Two:  I dipped one end of my cloth into the Stiffy until it was saturated.  (The other end was left untouched so that it will flow in the breeze.)

Next, I gently draped the stiffy covered end over the top of my lantern.

I continued doing this with each cloth.

I ended up using about 5- 6 cloths on each lantern.  It is totally up to you how much coverage you want, so you may use more or less.


DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Three:  Leave it to dry for a few hours.  (Or be impatient like me and pull out your blow dryer!)

Once the product is dry, the entire surface will be stiff.

DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Four:  Using safety pins, I attached a few more cloths to the underside of the lantern.  Again, you can add a lot or a little.  It just depends on the look you are going for.  I only used two.

DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Five:  I cut out a ghostly face out of black paper, and used my Mod Podge for outdoors to glue it on to my ghost.  Once it was glued in place, I gently went over it a few times to seal it.  This product is great since it is meant specifically for outdoors.  I won’t have to worry about my ghost losing her face in the wind and rain!

DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Five:  I tied an orange bow to each one… after all, in a house of all boys, some things need to be girls, and if that means my ghosts will be female, then so be it!

Finally I tied in a little LED light that can be turned on and off at the pull of a string, and then I hung my ghosts up in our tree outside.

DIY Lantern Ghosts

I cannot tell you how many pictures I took of these two!!  They were seriously messing with me!  I have no doubt!

They would spin and turn and face each other, but they WOULD NOT FACE ME!  No matter where I moved to take a picture, they would turn the opposite way.  

In this picture, I’m pretty sure they are plotting which way they will turn next….  I’m pretty sure.

But, eventually, they cooperated, and even gave me this wonderful shot…

DIY Lantern GhostsI’m pretty sure the one on the right is practicing her “Booooooooo!!!”


I love them!!!  My little ghostly twins!  I can’t wait to see them all lit up tonight!  If you follow me on Facebook, I’ll be sure to post a pic!

Want some more outdoor decorating ideas from Plaid?  Check out these other great ideas…

**This post was written on behalf of Blueprint Social and Plaid Crafts.  Product and/or compensation was received for this post, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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