Family Thanks Banner! {Tutorial}

I’m enjoying having a mantle to decorate this year! Fall is the first season I’ve really taken advantage of decking out this area.

I want the mantle to be a beautiful place that brings joy and inspiration to our family!

I had the boys help me make a THANKS banner to hang to celebrate the coming holiday. It was so easy and the boys love having their artwork hanging above the fireplace!

Here’s what you need:

  • White cardstock
  • Watercolors and paintbrushes OR finger paints
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn or string

The first step is the easiest and the most fun – have the kids paint all over the cardstock! The boys did watercolors, but younger children could easily do this with finger paints! I had them use only “fall” colors – orange, red, yellow, brown, and green – but color choice is totally up to you!

For the word THANKS, we painted three papers and then cut each paper in half.

Draw block letters BACKWARDS on the back of each half sheet of paper.

You could draw the letters lightly on the front with a pencil, but I wanted to avoid all pencil lines, so I chose the back.

Your letters will look something like this when they are cut out! I love the colors!

Use a hole punch to put two holes at the top of each letter.

Thread yarn or string through the holes of each letter.

Make sure the letters are in the correct order before you start! One of my kids had been looking through the letters and I almost put them on completely out of order!

All that’s left is to hang it on your mantle or anywhere you choose in your house…

A beautiful family handmade reminder to give thanks and THAT brings me joy!

{Let’s just forget the fact that I had to pull down one of the pumpkins from the mantle just before this picture because it was completely rotten, ok?! Thanks.}


I also printed out Ann Voskamp’s beautiful {and FREE} Thanks Giving Tree printable to reflect on gratitude this month. I look forward to reading the verses and sharing thanks with our family on the leaves she has provided!


How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?

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31 Days: Picture This… {And 31 Days of Thanks!}

There is one simple activity that has brought me to a place of true gratitude for my family more than almost anything else:

Looking through pictures.

I find this to be especially true after a family trip, a big birthday party, or even a field trip with the kiddos. These kind of activities, while fun, often leave me feeling drained. But that weariness seems to diminish when I look at images I have captured of our family in action!

Whether I’m browsing through them myself or with The Hubby or kids, I am flooded with gratitude at the images on my screen and here’s why…

1. Pictures allow me step back and really see my children outside of my daily mothering duties.

In a picture, I catch personality glimpses I may have missed while trying to keep an eye all three kiddos. I notice little things that are hard to catch in the day-to-day, like the way the older two stick out their tongue when working hard on something or the expressions on their faces as they discuss something out of my earshot.

2. Pictures emphasize the positive in my children.

Like how stinking cute they are. How can I not smile when I look at those faces and the precious – or precarious – things they are doing?!

3. Pictures serve as “stones.”

Just as God commanded Joshua and the Israelites to set up stones to remember what He had done for them {Joshua 4}, pictures are “stones” or milestone-markers for me. I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of thanksgiving as I look through photos of birthdays and gatherings and “firsts” and backyard fun and so on. Memories pour back into my mind when I flip through pictures, both old and new, and my internal “blessings meter” goes through the roof!

Photography leads me to a place where I am more grateful for my husband, children, and family as a whole.

And for that form of strengthening of my family, I am even more thankful.


Family Tie #25: Take lots of pictures and look at them more often! You don’t need a fancy camera – use whatever you have and snap away! And as you look back through them, thank God for each blessing in those moments frozen in time!


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31 Days of ThanksThis post is also a part of 31 Days of Thanks, a wonderful month-long blogger celebration of gratitude organized by Meg from Homeschoolin Mama! So blessed to be included in this fun!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

From our bunch of turkeys to yours…

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever!” ~Psalm 107:1 (CEB)

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