Another great upcycle mason jar craft that creates an elegant yet simple table decoration and activity for Thanksgiving. Download and print out the provided gratitude cards and the wonderful quote. Decorate your jar with the idea provided or with just some ribbon or raffia and set it on your table with some colored pencils.
Encourage guests to write down unusual things they are grateful for and drop them in the jar. There’s various sizes of the quote for printing, hanging, framing or giving as handouts to your friends and family. This would be a wonderful Thanksgiving gift too!
NOTE: I show how to add paper leaves on the jar with Mod Podge. I found them at the Dollar store and at Walmart. You can just as easily use a plain mason jar with some raffia or ribbon tied around it as shown.
- Mason Jar
- Paper leaves for covered jar version.
- Mod Podge for covered jar version.
- Printed cards from provided download
- Pens, pencils
- Printed quotes. Frame if desired.
- Optional: LED battery tea light.
- Washi tape or string. (For decorating pencils if desired.)
Card and Quote Download (pdf format)
These are the steps for Mod Podging leaves onto your jar if you choose to do so. Make sure you get the flat paper-type leaves otherwise they won’t lay flat and stick to the jar. Overlap them as much as desired. I liked having gaps in mine. The Mod Podge gives a cool effect on the clear glass when dried.
Print and cut out the gratitude cards.
Print the size of quotes you want. There are small ones to give guests, a full page one for hanging and a 5×7 size as shown below to sit on the table in a frame next to your jar.
If you’d like to fancy up your writing implements here are some ideas. I, myself, chose to just use some nice fall colored pencils. I also had some of those cheap battery operated LED lights found at most Dollar Stores. I stuck one in the bottom of my jar for effect. Makes a nice Fall decor item too after your done with the activity.
SUGGESTION: In addition to the normal things people are grateful for like family, friends, etc. I would encourage guests to give it some more thought and write down things that are blessings in their lives that they might take for granted. Examples: Zipper, birds singing in the morning, toilet paper, flash drives, the trash collector folks, blankets on a chilly night, etc.
I placed an LED tea light in it after use. Looks awesome!