How to Make a Thankful Jar

Well before we get to all the Christmas craziness, let’s take a moment to remember the holiday that the retail world would like us all to skip right over, Thanksgiving.  Fun fact, in 1939 Fred Lazarus, Jr, then owner of The Federated Department Stores which later became Macy’s, persuaded President Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday to give retailers more time to sell for Christmas.  The power of retail.

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to make something that would remind my family of all the great things we have and the meaning of the holiday.  Sometimes people spend too much time focusing on the have nots when they should be focused on the haves and this is the season to be grateful for all that you are blessed with.  Enter, the Be Thankful jar.

With a few things you probably already have around the house, you can put this together.  Here is what you will need:

-Mason Jar
-Stainless Steel Pipe Clamp
-Piece of wood (your choice on size, mine is a 1×6 that I cut to 15″ long.)
-Paint
-Screws
-Clothespin
–Scrapbook Paper
-Mod Podge
-Stencils if you have horrible writing skills like me
-Gold spray paint

How to Make a Thankful Jar

How to Make a Thankful Jar

The first thing I did was spray paint the jar top and the pipe clamp gold.  I think gold is much more fallish than silver and I am kinda into everything gold right now so it had to happen.

I also painted the wood black.  Before you paint the wood, make sure it is the size you want.  I wanted mine the same height as my jar so this piece worked perfectly for me.

How to Make a Thankful Jar

Next, I stenciled the words “Be Thankful” on the wood and went over it in white paint.  I had to use the old fashioned paint and paintbrush method because I didn’t put my paint marker cap on tight enough and it dried out…oops.

My four-year-old took this picture…pretty good huh?

How to Make a Thankful Jar

How to Make a Thankful Jar

After that was done, I attached the picture wire to the back.  Obviously one side was going to be heavier because of the jar but I had no D rings soooooo I made a little loop on the right side and used an extra nail to hang it up How to Make a Thankful Jar Way to improvise right?

How to Make a Thankful Jar

I used the pipe clamp to hold the jar onto the sign.  To attach it I just screwed two screws through the slats.  Don’t use wood screws, they won’t go through the metal and if you persist, they may spin so fast without going anywhere that they start to smoke and smell like fire…not that I know from experience or anything.

How to Make a Thankful Jar

To decorate the clothespin I used Mod Podge to glue on a piece of scrapbook paper that was kind of fall-themed.  I just cut it to size.  Easy peasy.  Then I nailed the clothespin onto the sign.

How to Make a Thankful Jar

I cracked the wood a little but it’s only holding some pieces of paper to write things you are thankful for so there is no heavy lifting.

How to Make a Thankful Jar

I fought that mason jar into the pipe clamp and tightened it down.  My clamp may have been a litle too small but it was what I had so I sweat a little trying to get it incorrectly.  I screwed on the collar and added some cut up scrapbook paper in the clothespin to write down thankful thoughts and that was it.

How to Make a Thankful Jar

Oh one last thing, Use a paint marker or Sharpie to add the year to the lid and after you are done filling your jar, seal it up and save it to reminisce the next time you dig all your decorations out.  I think it will be a new tradition for us.

How to Make a Thankful Jar

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