Thanksgiving Crafts: DIY Mason Jar Turkey | Gratitude Week 11

Thanksgiving Crafts: DIY Mason Jar Turkey | Gratitude Week 11

I wanted to blog about expressing gratitude all month, but I feel like I’ve just been playing catch up. I haven’t had much of a chance to express how grateful I am to the people around me. I haven’t taken the time to notice random encounters in everyday life where there are always opportunities to express my gratitude. It really is that simple, but I’ve been bogged down by all my other goals for the month. In an effort to kill two birds with one stone, I decided on making some Thanksgiving crafts. That way I can express my gratitude and try out a new pinterest project for the month.

Thanksgiving Crafts: DIY Mason Jar Turkey:

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What you need:

  • 4 oz mason jars (I got these)
  • candy of choice (mine was swedish fish and sour patch kids)
  • glue gun / double sided tape and regular glue for kids
  • scissors
  • googly eyes
  • construction paper in colors of choice

Directions:

  1. Fill mason jar with candy of choice.
  2. Cut out approximately 4 inch long feathers out of construction paper.
  3. Cut out 1 inch triangles for beaks.
  4. Write the recipient nice notes on each feather. I chose to pick things I was thankful for.
  5. Glue the googly eyes and beak onto the mason jar.
  6. Either glue or use double sided tape to attach the feathers to the back.

Changes and Notes:

You can view the post where I got the idea here, which was originally meant for kids. I didn’t add the gobbler next to the beak, because I personally thought it was cuter without it. I also modified the colors to look more age-appropriate and thought it would be a fun gift for adult friends / big kids. Who doesn’t love candy anyways? :)  The gratitude mason jar turkey in the photos is one I made for Jacob. I used sour patch kids, because he’s always telling me I’m like a sour patch kid – sour on the outside, sweet on the inside. I was really picky about the way I wanted it to look, but you can also use leftover Halloween candy.

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I thought about trying to do a new pinterest project per month, but I feel like I have a lot going on already. Maybe I’ll try it for 2014! :) The only other pinterest project I’ve done and posted was melted crayon art.

What’s a diy project that’s been on your queue? Can you think of some other creative ways to express your gratitude?

My favorite gratitude quote of the week by Gertrude Steine:

Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone - Gertrude Steine. My gratitude quote of the week.

This is week 11 of practicing gratitude, and you can see my other gratitude posts if you click the banner below:

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, this is the cutest thing ever! I love it! Way to go with this crafting project — I’ve never been a hands-on arts and crafts person and so I am always impressed with people who take the time (and come up with things that look super cute). :)

    1. Thanks so much! :) It’s definitely someone else’s idea though… that I saw on pinterest. Actually was on a mommy blog as a a craft for toddlers, so I figured it shouldn’t be too hard for me to do this for friends. haha It’s easy! Maybe you can try it next Thanksgiving.

  2. What a lovely idea! I’m trying to avoid Pinterest at the moment – it’s turned into a time-suck for me, but I’m still hoping that I’ll one day work on those crafts I’ve pinned. :P

    1. haha same! i’m hoping to get in a groove where i can at least do one pinterest project a month.. while i am probably pinning 50-100 of them a month. when will we ever catch up!

      1. Haha true! I think I’ll be treating it like my to-read list. It’ll never end. :) But at least we’re spoilt for choice!

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