Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thankful Wall

Since I was a little girl, we have had a tradition in my family to have a "Thankful Wall" during Thanksgiving. This is this year's version that I created!

Usually the Thankful Wall consists of a large sheet from a big roll of poster paper stapled to the wall. 

We leave it up from the beginning of November throughout the Thanksgiving holiday and we all get to write down the things that we can think of that we are thankful for. It has been such a fun tradition, and I look forward to the Thankful Wall every year. I even had one with my roommates when I was single and in college. It's especially fun to have if you are the one hosting Thanksgiving Dinner so that all the guests can write down what they are thankful for. It definitely helps keep the meaning of Thanksgiving on your mind.

This year, I had decided to put a little more into our Thankful Wall. I have had this huge frame that I got at a thrift store for like $2 that has been hanging around my house. 

It's an odd size, so I haven't been able to find any canvases to paint or prints to put in it. So I decided to do the DIY chalkboard from our earlier post by Kristin, found HERE, and make a Thankful Wall that we can use year after year. 

I spray painted the frame white, used some chalkboard paint on a masonite board we cut for the inside (and by saying "we" I mean my amazing husband), and I cut out some white vinyl on my cricut for the "I am thankful for" part. I found some perfect little cornucopia shaped baskets that I added some ribbons to and nailed them to the frame to use to hold the chalk too!

I let my little boy write what he was thankful for on there too, because he was just begging to use the chalk on the chalkboard when I put it up. I think I see a tree in there somewhere...it's fun to interpret.

Some of you may notice the "bloating" listed as what someone was thankful for in the last picture. I had originally wrote boating, but my husband came home and asked me why I wrote bloating down on the Thankful Wall. Obviously he just didn't see it right, but after noticing that, he decided to put an "l" in there anyway, and I just left it there. It seems like every year there is a little joke with the Thankful Wall. It's part of the fun!

Some great ideas for variations that viewers have given me are:
  • use a framed dry-erase board
  • if you have the glass for your frame, you can leave it in there and use dry-erase markers, and even do a cute background behind your glass
  • leave the board up all year long, with or without the vinyl

So now you know how to start your own Thankful Wall, if you haven't already! It will be a tradition you look forward to every year that helps keep the meaning of Thanksgiving alive.

***Since I posted this, my husband has added "Power Tools" to the Thankful Wall. I just had to write next to it, "...and that I benefit from the power tools too!" because he is always busy helping me with some new crafty project that requires power tools. So I've also added, "my husband" to the wall. I couldn't have asked for a better one! Oh the list keeps getting bigger and bigger. There are just so many things to be thankful for!

What are you thankful for?

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  1. That is so cute!! What a fun idea! And the cornucopia baskets are perfect!!! I love it!

  2. I love this idea! I am on the hunt for a big frame so I can hurry and make one! I hope you don't mind me featuring it my November Gift Ideas post on my blog tomorrow! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Have a great day!

  3. love that tradition. I have been wanting to do something for our family, to start a tradition! I think i'll attempt this! Thanks so much!

  4. Love It! After Thanksgiving is over, I'm gonna wrap it up and hide it and then give it to my little girl for Christmas!!! Double Wammy

  5. This is so cute! Your project is my favorite over at the CSI link up!

  6. Such a cute idea!! I shared it on my Tatertots and Jello Fb page and linked to you :)


  7. What a great tradition! Where did you find those little cornucopia baskets-they are precious!

  8. Oh! I love this idea! I want to start it RIGHT NOW!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful project...I'm quite thankful for it! :)

  9. Okay! I ADORE this idea! I need to make one for my house!

  10. Such a CUTE idea!!! Love it!!! I'm sharing it on my facebook fanpage, Pirates-n-Princesses.

  11. I love this! I've been looking for a new tradition to start in our home and believe that a Thankful wall is the PERFECT idea! Can't wait to get started on my project!

  12. This is a GENIUS idea...definitely need to remind myself to be THANKFUL for what I already have - and not constantly worrying about what I WANT. This is going on my project list!! THANK YOU for this awesome post!

  13. Soooo beautiful! I'm gonna try it!! Thanks for the tutorial

  14. Beautiful! Been looking for something for my wall and thiis great!!! Thanks! I'm thankful for you!!!

  15. I got the cornucopia baskets at a combined Ace Hardware/Ben Franklin Crafts where I live. They were having a huge outdoor sale and they were about $2 each. I am so wishing I grabbed more!

    These might work instead:



  16. I think everyone should have one! Such a great idea. Love the little chalk holders.

  17. Great idea. I am sure this tradition will be passed on to your children.

  18. Great Chalkboard! What a great way to write what you are Thankful for.

  19. We just love this idea! We hope you don't mind...we just Tweeted about it, too!

    Take Care,
    Rachael & The A.C. Moore Team

  20. I am so inspired to start doing this every year with my family! I've been thinking of traditions lately, and my oldest is young enough that she'll just always remembering it being part of Thanksgiving!

  21. This is so cute! It's such a fun Thanksgiving Decoration that doesn't draw TOO much attention to "cheesy". I'm going to be featuring this post on my (very small and humble) blog smallfineprint.blogspot.com on 11/14/10

  22. What a great idea to have a consistent reminder to be thankful and I love how it looks on the wall. Great job!

  23. I featured this cute idea on my blog today!


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