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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
The Crafty Woman
Tuesday:
Stone Gable
Debbiedoos
What Meegan Makes
Maison de Pax
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Wednesday:
Thistlewood Farm
Eclectically Vintage
My Soulful Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Southern Hospitality
Thursday:
The Lilypad Cottage
A Little Claireification
Fresh Idea Studio
Pennywise
The Rustic Pig
Friday:
Housepitality Designs
Mom4Real
Country Design Style
The Everyday Home
Unskinny Boppy

Thankful at Home Tour

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays!  

I love spending time with my mom and sister helping to cook the meal for Thanksgiving.  I love how we each bring our own side dish to share at the meal.  I love spending time with my family and just sitting at the table and reflecting on how our family has changed each year.   How each year our table seems to be shrinking as our family grows each year.

I love the meal.  Who doesn’t?  It’s always the best meal of the year!  One you look forward to all year long.  The one meal that makes you want to nap as soon as you stuff that last bite into your mouth.  That bite that you shouldn’t have had ten bites ago. 

This year I felt so blessed to be asked to join in with a group of amazing bloggers who are sharing their Thanksgiving crafts, traditions, table settings, and more!  We are calling it…

Thankful at Home

If you haven’t seen today or yesterday’s posts, be sure to check them out below!  You can bookmark this page and come back each morning with a cup of coffee, your breakfast, your dog… whatever, and go through the blogs that will be sharing their ideas that day.  I’ve already stopped by a few, and they are amazing!!

Like, check out Lilacs & Longhorns’ Easy No-Sew Table Linens

 easy no sew table linens

And I’m loving this Thanksgiving Advent Calendar by Maison de Pax…

Count your blessings this Thanksgiving season with a chalkboard leaf advent calendar.  This super simple tutorial will help you and your family cultivate a sense of gratitude all month long.

There are so many other fabulous ideas!  You’ll have to check them out below!  

I’ll be sharing my Thanksgiving craft on Thursday morning!  I hope you’ll be back to see what I’m up to then!

 

Thankful at Home Tour:

Monday:
Savvy Southern Style
Finding Home
Lilacs & Longhorns
The Inspired Room
The Crafty Woman

Tuesday:
Stone Gable
Debbiedoos
What Meegan Makes
Maison de Pax
Confessions of a Plate Addict

Wednesday:
Thistlewood Farm
Eclectically Vintage
My Soulful Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Southern Hospitality

Thursday:
The Lilypad Cottage
A Little Claireification
Fresh Idea Studio
Pennywise
The Rustic Pig

Friday:
Housepitality Designs
Mom4Real
Country Design Style
The Everyday Home
Unskinny Boppy