Today we are making a Gratitude Keeper so easy even the little ones can have fun crafting. But as you will see, the project can easily be made into a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving table.
Begin by tearing a sheet of foil and crumpling it lightly. Don’t crumple too hard or you won’t be able to spread out the sheet of foil. If you want more wrinkles, feel free to
re-crumple another time.
Open up the foil ball and grab your glue. Take the top of your cardboard box and spread a generous amount of glue all over the surface. Smooth the foil out over the box top, overlapping the edges. (I added a piece of corrugated cardboard underneath the foil before I put it on top of the box to give it a pattern.) Use your fingers or a brayer to press the foil down flat. Once all the sides are smooth, trim away any excess foil hanging over the sides.
Next, pick an acrylic paint in your favorite Thanksgiving color and paint over the foil. I used a deep orange because it is my favorite fall color. Once it dried, I dry brushed a soft white across the orange.
While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I did a little work on the bottom half of the box. I added a little scrapbook paper and a little orange paint to give it some pizzazz. You could re-purpose the comic section of the day’s newspaper or have your little ones draw a picture of their favorite fall tradition and use that to decorate the sides of your box.
To finish off my Gratitude Keeper, I added a few fall leaves and frosted pine cones to the top of the box. A hot glue gun made it quick and easy, but I recommend that you supervise the little ones closely if you do use the glue gun.
On Thanksgiving Day, I plan to use this little box to hold all of our gratitude slips. Before dinner, we will all write down 1 or 2 things that we are thankful for on slips of paper. The slips will go into the box and then after dinner, we will gather round and read aloud each thing that we are thankful for. A pretty little way to preserve a heart of gratitude during the season.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!