Every November our family enjoys talking about the things we are thankful for. We look forward to sitting around the dinner table each night knowing we will be saying what we are thankful for. These ‘thankfuls’ are then written down to keep a record throughout the month.
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In the past we have drawn and colored a tree trunk on a large piece of paper and hung it on the wall. Each night we would write our individual ‘thankfuls’ on a leaf and tape it on the tree. In theory, this was a great idea. It looked festive, and the kids LOVED it! As time went on though, we would run out of paper leaves and I felt like I was constantly cutting leaves out and rolling tape for kids.
The past two years we have used sticky notes, but after so many times of those sticky notes being rearranged, they are not so sticky anymore. I recently came across some super cute leaf shaped sticky notes too, if this is an idea that works for you!
I was searching for something that would be
- reusable year after year
- durable with kids in mind
I searched Pinterest, asked around, etc. Then, I was visiting my friend last year and she showed me her Thankful cards that she had made. After telling me how easy they were to make, I was sold! It met all my criteria. I took a picture and texted it to my husband right there because I was so excited I had found my solution!
So, here are the instructions for your very own DIY Thanksgiving Thankful Cards:
Grab a set of festive scrapbooking paper. Choose a pack with the different types of coordinating papers so they all look good together on your wall. You will want a light color to write your ‘thankfuls’ on, and a contrasting color just for decoration. I hung the cards on the wall with some tiny 3M hooks, rope, and some clothespins. Super easy!
Here are some great paper options:
Choose the size that you want your cards to be, (mine are 10″x15″ with the decorative strip 10″x 3.5″)
Cut your cards out, glue on the strip and laminate away! I laminated these with a super thick lamination since the cards were so thick.
Since they are laminated, you can use a dry erase marker and write your thankfuls on them. These can be used again year after year.
The best part about these cards, is that they are reversible! On the back side you can write things for a Christmas advent calendar!
If you are not crafty, but like the idea of doing a Thankful tree, here are some that you can buy to start a new family tradition:
What Thanksgiving traditions do you have?