Just as the name suggests, Thanksgiving is meant to be a time of gratitude for all the blessings we have in our lives. Last year we made a beautiful branching thankful tree as a wonderful kid’s activity for the holiday, and this year we wanted to create another craft that could teach the importance of gratitude. Today we’re introducing our thankful box, a customized place to keep your memories and musings of gratitude during Thanksgiving or beyond.
The beauty of this project is that you can use a thankful box in so many ways. You and your loved ones can start adding to the box now, and then read through the notes with your family on Thanksgiving Day. Or, have each of your Thanksgiving guests write one thing that they are grateful for, and then read them out loud while you’re digesting after dinner. To make a thankful box, start with a simple wooden box from your local craft store. We found ours on Amazon and added those links in Shop this Project. To give our boxes a fall color palette, we decided to paint the bottom half with acrylic craft paint. Once you paint the box with your favorite colors, you can start decorating it with our fall patterns.
We printed our fall patterns onto white cardstock with our Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printer. Next, trim the papers of your choice to fill the inside of your box, and then attach them using Mod Podge or double stick tape. You can also use the printable patterns to decoupage the box. To decorate the outside of your box, we included a “Give Thanks” or “Gratitude” text that you can use to put on the top of your box. For convenience you can easily print this onto full sheet label paper and place it on your box like a sticker. When you finish the outside of the box, you can move to the inside. Print the “I am grateful for” template and cut it into strips so that your guests can write their notes.
The last piece of our thankful box is the leaves that we used for decoration. Fill your box with as many leaves as you like! We love the idea of using this thankful box to help practice daily gratitude, even after Thanksgiving. We’ve heard about so many studies saying that the key to happiness is gratitude. Any time that you’re having a moment of frustration, self doubt or sadness, think of a couple of things that you can be grateful for in that moment and write them down. How can we turn sadness into an opportunity for personal growth? Just an idea! However you’re using your thankful box, we’d love to see your project photos. Tag your Instagram posts with #DIYDreamingWithLia, or share your makes with Canon using #CraftyWithCanon. Cheers! ~ Lia and the Team