8 DIY Projects to Bring Thanks To Your Thanksgiving Table

Give thanks and share gratitude with family and friends this Thanksgiving with a DIY Thanksgiving gratitude project. We've rounded up some of our favorites, including instructions to make your own thankfulness activities. When you're finished, snap a picture and share it with us using #BHGHowIHoliday. 

Gratitude Tree

Practice gratitude and share the thankful season out in the open this year with this sweet and simple gratitude tree. This tree is a great family Thanksgiving activity to get everyone into a thankful mindset. Family and friends can write what they are grateful for and display it on the tree—we like the idea of making this a daily activity that happens around the dinner table. Defy nature and add leaves to this DIY gratitude tree throughout the month while you watch them fall off the trees outside.

Village Gratitude Calendar

Bring the tradition of the Christmas advent calendar to Thanksgiving. Take a moment each day to share something you’re grateful for with the help of this DIY gratitude calendar. Use our free dowload to create your own and customize it to fit your holiday decorations. There are 22 houses for the 22 days in November before Thanksgiving. 

DIY Gratitude Pumpkin

Gratitude pumpkins are an easy way to celebrate the holiday all month long, and it's a perfect gratitude activity for kids. Using permanent maker, start at the top of the pumpkin and begin writing things you're thankful for. Turn the pumpkin as you go (we used a lazy susan to make it super easy) and have everyone call out things to add as you write. Or, set out a plain pumpkin and have each guest add something to it when they visit on Thanksgiving Day. When the pumpkin is covered, display this DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece for everyone to see.

Gratitude Placemats

Running out of time before the big day? This last-minute Thanksgiving craft will save you. Download this Thanksgiving coloring sheet for free. It can go right from the printer to your table, where everyone can share what they're thankful for — and learn a new way to say "thanks" while they do it! We love this one-page Thanksgiving take on classic gratitude journals. 

We're so inspired by these shadowboxes that double as banks from Paper Source in Santa Monica. Purchase a top-loading shadowbox or add a slot to any shadow box frame. Pick your favorite fall paper background and add Thanksgiving and gratitude-inspired words to the front glass using glass paint pens. Then, have family members write what they are thankful for and fill the box throughout November. Open and share after Thanksgiving dinner. You can also use the box to collect pocket change throughout the month, or ask your guests to bring donations for a charity that helps families celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas. This is a great way to teach kids about gratitude.

Candy "Corn" Party Favors

We spotted these treats from TC Paperie, Treat your guests with these fun Thanksgiving party favors. Made with yellow, orange, and red colored candy, these thin candy bags get a brown paper top and tag with each guest's name. 

Color Your Own Napkin Ring

Dress up the Thanksgiving table with an activity and table decoration all in one. Download our free Thanksgiving coloring page napkin rings and let the kids color around the turkey shapes. Before you set the table, cut out each napkin ring, wrap it around a napkin, and secure with tape. 

Do it like Lory from To Have To Host and say it with words! She picked up these wooden words at Target's dollar section, but you'll find similar ones at most craft stores. All it takes is a quick coat of paint to match them to your holiday decor. Choose words that remind guests to be thankful—and what there is to be grateful for. 


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