Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sharing Thanks With Handmade Crafts for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for expressing thankfulness for all of the good things we've received in our lives. Some families have traditions where they express their gratitude during dinner while other families may find it hard to share these feelings verbally. Sometimes it takes a little creativity to find just the right words and the right way to express those sentiments.

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Here are four DIY handmade crafts for Thanksgiving that will make it easy for you to express your love and gratitude to your family and friends. These crafts are easy to make and most of the materials can be found in your recycle bin or backyard.

Hang Your Gratefulness on a Tree


Simply Vintage Girl designed The Thankful Tree, With Chalk using items found in her backyard. This tree is made from a broken branch that is used as the tree form. Small wooden discs are painted with chalkboard paint and suspended from the branches. Before your guests arrive, place a piece of chalk under the tree so that family and friends can write down those things for which they give thanks when the spirit moves them.

Stuff Your Thanks in a Turkey


I {Heart} Crafty Things created a Thankful Turkey Box Tutorial from an upcycled tissue box. This is an awesome craft for kids because it is so easy and downright adorable. The kids can explore their creativity and when the crafting fun is done, they can write their thanks on a slip of paper. During Thanksgiving dinner, have everyone take a turn at pulling a slip of paper out of the box and reading the words of thankfulness.

Set a Place Mat for Giving Thanks


Abby M. Interiors has 8 Ideas for Creating Your Thanksgiving Table that will show your gratefulness all through dinner. I especially like number 7 on her list. Make place mats out of upcycled paper bags or kraft paper and draw lines on the mats for guests to write down the good things in their life.

Spread a Garland of Thanksgiving


Carina Gardner shares her gratefulness with a Giving Thanks - Free Thankful Banner Download that makes it easy for family and friends to write their reasons to be thankful on a decorative garland strung near the dinner table. Use your own creative skills or download the free printout to make leaf shapes for the garland. Put the shapes in a jar with a pen and clothespins, find a convenient place to hang the garland string, and encourage your family to write their thanks on a leaf and pin it to the garland.

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May the holiday season bring you comfort, joy, and good tidings.
Coletta

11 comments:

  1. Such a lovely selection of 'thankful' craft ideas for this most Thankful of Holidays. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Elf! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

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  2. Fabulous! I love holiday crafts and these are all awesome! I bet you have a turkey wearing a Steampunk hat hanging around you home somewhere too :) I really like the idea of a "Thankful Box". We all need to stop moving and take a moment to "note" what we are thankful for.

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia! We have a Steampunk hat on the buffet where we drop our trinkets of thanks, some tangible reminders of the things we're thankful for in our lives. That's our version of the Thankful Box. I'm glad you enjoyed these!

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  3. These are wonderful, and what a good way to get the kids involved in giving thanks at Thanksgiving!

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    1. Hi Susan! It is so important to get the little ones involved. Thank you for visiting!

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  4. Lots of great ideas. Thanks for sharing. A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you, Mary Beth! Wishing you a happy holiday season, too!

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  5. Coletta, these are wonderful, easy, family-friendly crafts that make Thanksgiving memories even more special!

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  6. I saw the thankful tree when you shared it on the TSU site (shared it too!) I've added that to my to-do list and plan to make one, with a few variations of course.

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  7. a collection of great ideas, really like the Thankful Tree!

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