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 and fuzzy socks to the more important ones like K and my beliefs.

Give Thanks Jar with Free Printables from #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


  • 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


Step 1Print 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 #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 #Thanksgiving #crafts

What would be the first thing you would put in a Give Thanks Jar?

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  1. says

    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!

    • says

      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.

  2. says

    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

    • says

      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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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. :)

  5. says

    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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