Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Give Thanks Jar

I'm in full on Thanksgiving mood over here these days if you couldn't tell by my gratitude game post on Sunday or this one. And I'll apologize now if you aren't a Thanksgiving person because they are going to keep on coming over the next few weeks. I had the great opportunity to try out Bird's Party Thanksgiving Printables and they just brought out the craftiness in me.

A typical tradition during Thanksgiving dinner is to go around the table and have everyone say something that they're thankful for, or at least that's how it worked at my house. I always hate having to come up with the perfect answer on the spot, the answer that no one else thought of and that isn't a generic "my family," type answer. This year I thought it would be fun to take the tradition one step further and come up with things I'm grateful for all month long and create a give thanks jar to keep them all in. It's a simple jar that I can fill up with the things I'm grateful for as I think of them including the random ones like Amazon.com and fuzzy socks to the more important ones like K and my beliefs.

Give Thanks Jar with Free Printables from playpartypin.com #Thanksgiving #crafts

And best of all? Not only do I have a jar of things I'm grateful for, I have cute decorations to put on my mantel to replace my mummy drink bottles. I love killing two birds with one stone. This is one of the easiest things ever but I'll give you step by step instructions anyway, what else would I do with all the pictures I took?

Give Thanks Jar

Supplies
  • Mason jar (although really any container would work)
  • Container for your blank pieces of paper (I got mine at Target in the dollar section)
  • Colored paper cut up into slips of paper
  • Ribbon (or whatever you want to use to embellish the bottle)
  • Bird's Party Thanksgiving Printables 
  • Glue/adhesive of some sort
Instructions

Step 1 - Print and cut out your Thanksgiving printables.
Step 2 - Decorate jar with ribbon, printables, and any other embellishments you want.

Give Thanks Jar with Free Printables from playpartypin.com #Thanksgiving #crafts

 

Step 3 - Write things you're thankful for on the slips of paper (either all at once as a family activity or throughout the month when inspiration strikes) and put them in the jar. 



Step 4 - On Thanksgiving day, or when the time is right, open the jar one day and read all of the things that you're thankful for. It's always fun to see what people come up with when they have longer than a few minutes to think about it.

Give Thanks Jar with Free Printables from playpartypin.com #Thanksgiving #crafts
What would be the first thing you would put in a Give Thanks Jar?



If you liked this post you should check out these other Thanksgiving ideas.








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31 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! I love this! I will definitely be doing this in November! And making my husband do it too :)

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    1. Chelsea, I'm so glad you guys were able to create a version of this. It turned out so cute!

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  2. What an awesome idea. We have a monthly cousins get together and I think I'm going to see if everyone wants to make one of these to take home and use as a reminder of things to be thankful for.

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    1. I think this would be such a fun family activity!

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  3. I love this idea! My hubby and I are "guardian angels" for a 7th grader at our church, and each month we drop off gifts to let him know we are thinking of him. I think this would be a great activity that he could do with his family, so I'm going to work on this over the weekend! Thanks!

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    1. Oh that is such a great idea and what a wonderful thing to do for the 7th grader. I'd love to see a picture of your final product if you made one this weekend.

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  4. I love this! What a great thing to do this month! My daughter is a little young but I would do this with my husband and I! Pinning right now!

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    1. My son is too young as well but I created one with my husband anyway. And best part is that once you've created it once you can use it next year and the next when your little girl is old enough.

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  5. I love this! This is so cute, and I love the idea of writing things to be thankful for all month in. What a great lesson to teach to our kids too. I think my son would really love this. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oh my goodness, I love this idea! Pinning now :)

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  7. I love this idea and fuzzy socks!!! I came over from the DBB. Pinning this!

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    1. Fuzzy socks are my favorite especially when it's cold out!

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  8. Thanks for the reminder of doing something like this. I'm going to do it at dinner time every night this month!

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    1. Such a great idea to do it at dinner, we have been playing my gratitude game every night together.

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  9. We do something like this around Thanksgiving! I love the jar idea!

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    1. I'd love to hear more about what you do. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I really like this idea! Sharing on Google+.

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  11. What a great idea, it looks really cute too.

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  12. What a sweet idea. I love opening them on Thanksgiving day :)
    -Emily @ www.simplelifeofafirewife.com

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    1. Me too! I thought it could be a fun new Thanksgiving tradition.

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  13. I think this would be great to do in Classroom. Then before Holiday let Students read what is in the jar. On;ly problem is I've not been able to down load. Keeps asking for password. Not sure why but tried 3 times. Hope I can get back here to look at this project and do for my class.
    Thanks wanda

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    1. Wanda, what are you trying to download? If you're trying to download the printables they are on Bird's Party Facebook page. I'm not sure what password you are referring to but feel free to email me and hopefully I can help you out.

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  14. Just saw this on the Pincentive Blog Hop. {We are co-hosting this week, Yay!} We are doing something very similar only ours involves acorns as not all of my children can write yet. Yours is so cute.

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    1. Oh I'd love to see it if you share it online, acorns sounds really fun.

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  15. My daughter will be so cute with this idea...this really does set the tone for the holidays. What a great idea...thanks for sharing. Found you on the Show & Tell board. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jeanette! I hope your daughter loves it.

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  16. G'day Britni and what a great idea, true!
    Love seeing all things creative, especially around Thanksgiving time too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Cathy's Bloggers Showcase: Thanksgiving (Fall) Recipe RoundUp

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