DIY Thanksgiving Gratitude Journals

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Every year on Thanksgiving we’re asked to sit down with the friends and family and loved ones that we care about most, and remind ourselves to give thanks. It was taught to you when you were small, and our children are being taught it now. So this year, why not give them a way to remind themselves in a way that’s fun?

This year, use these DIY Thanksgiving gratitude journals to give your little ones a way to show their thanks and have a little fun! They can record all the reasons they’re thankful, or make a list of who they’re thankful for, or draw pictures of who and what they want to show gratitude to. These journals are a blast for this time of year, and easy for kids to make!

While all the cooking and footballing are occupying the big people this Thanksgiving, keep little hands busy crafting these DIY Thanksgiving Gratitude Journals. Have family and friends use the journals to document their blessings for a lasting take-home reminder of both the day itself and the past year’s wondrous moments.

Journal 2

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blank invitation
  • Turkey die-cut
  • Copy paper
  • Ribbon
  • Printable title
  • Foam adhesive dots
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun

Print off the title banners using this pdf here. For very small children, you may want to cut these out ahead of time.

Journal 3

STEP 1: Cut invitation down and fold in half hot dog style. We cut ours to 5 5/8”, but you can use whatever measurement you like or you can even leave the invitation whole.

Journal 4

STEP 2: Cut copy paper to fit journal cover then fold in half, hot dog style. Our paper is cut to 4 ¾” x 5 ½”.

Journal 5

STEP 3: Insert paper into journal cover, matching folds. Lay journal flat with cover facing up and staple at folds.

Journal 6

STEP 4: Attach embellishments to front cover. Use foam adhesive dots for title banner and turkey cut-out. Bow can be adhered with either hot glue or adhesive glue dots.

Journal 7

Display finished journals as part of the table centerpiece and have guests fill them out while waiting for dinner to settle before dessert.

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