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.
- -Mason Jar
- -Stainless Steel Pipe Clamp
- -Piece of wood stained to your liking (your choice on size, mine is a 1×6 that I cut to 15″ long.)
- -Acrylic Paint
- – Scrapbook Paper
- -Mod Podge
- -Stencils if you have horrible writing skills like me
- -Gold spray paint
The first thing I did was spray paint the jar top and the pipe clamp gold. I think gold is much more fall-ish 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.
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 paint brush 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?
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 🙂 Way to improvise right?
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.
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.
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.
I fought that mason jar into the pipe clamp and tightened it down. My clamp may have been a liiiiitle too small but it was what I had so I sweat a little trying to get it in correctly. I screwed on the collar and added some cut up scrapbook paper in the clothespin to write down thankful thoughts and that was it.
I really like how it turned out. It’s a little different than a Thankful Tree but the same thought is there.
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.
What Thanksgiving traditions do you have?