How to Create a Container of Thankful Thoughts

Crafts Creative DIY Family Jar Notes Thankful Thanksgiving Thoughts Writing

Start a new Thanksgiving tradition this year! Leading up to the holidays, encourage loved ones to to participate in a thankful thoughts jar, which will not only decorate your home but also act as a visual reminder of all there is to be thankful for. When Thanksgiving Day arrives, pass the jar around, and have everyone read the joyful notes aloud to enhance the gratitude.



  • Glass jar
  • Various decorations (stickers, ribbons, etc.)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Bowl or plate
  • Fine point colored markers


  1. Choose a large glass jar, and, if desired, decorate it for the season using various craft materials like ribbons and stickers.
  2. Cut small strips of scrapbook paper, and set aside on the counter in a bowl or on a plate along with colored markers. Use multiple colors and patterns to give the craft some additional visual interest.
  3. Have family members (and friends) make it a point to write down something that they are thankful for. Fold each submission in half, and place into the jar. Make it a personal goal to fill the jar completely with warm thoughts and well-wishes before Thanksgiving.

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