Thankful Box

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

Who doesn’t need a little more gratitude in their life?!

We love to make a gratitude box! It is cheap and easy to make with your kiddos!

  • You will need a Kleenex box
  • Carefully remove the Kleenex out by gently opening the bottom of the box.
  • Tape your box back together (Use masking tape, so that it can be easily opened again to retrieve the notes).
  • Remove the oval shaped flap that covers where the Kleenex comes out.
  • Wrap your Kleenex box, with wrapping paper, kraft paper or themed scrapbook paper. I like to wrap the bottom flaps separately to make it easy to open up afterwards, but you can also close it completely and just unwrap your box or reach in from the top when you are ready to retrieve your notes.
  • Use the oval cardboard piece that you removed earlier and place it where the whole is. You can easily feel it through the wrapped box. With an exacto knife, cut around the oval revealing the opening to your kleenex box again. If you are worried about guessing wrong on where to cut, you can simply make a slit down the middle and cut out a rectangle or oval shape to put your notes through.
  • Decorate your box!

Now that your box is ready, set it somewhere that you cannot forget and add thankful notes to it daily. Your family can write all the things they are thankful for over the month of November, and then on Thanksgiving day, open the box together and share several of the things that you wrote down over the month of November.

Another great way to use this box is to create one for each of your guests as a keepsake. I did this 3 Thanksgivings ago. I made a box for each guest, and throughout our time together everyone who was invited stuck notes in their box thanking them for all they do and for who they are in our lives. Then each guest took their box home. Many of them told me how special it was for them to look through afterwards. They felt honored and loved. It was a great pick me up on those NO days.

Make your own Thankful boxes! They are a lot of fun and will bless your family or your guests!

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