I’m a big proponent of keeping a gratitude list or journal, and Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family to remember what you are thankful for this year.
Remember those adorable little chalkboard-labeled mason jars we made last month? The jars make a perfect alternative to a simple paper place card, and with the addition of a pen and fall-hued paint swatch, your family members and holiday guests can write down what they are thankful for this holiday season. Take turns reading everyone’s blessings at the table before kicking off this holiday meal.
Thanksgiving Thankful Place Settings
- Chalkboard Paint (stick with the actual paint for this project and not the spray paint, since you are working with a smaller surface).
- Small mason jars or baby food jars
- Corn kernels, dried beans, acorns etc to fill the jars
- Foam brush
- Paint Swatches in fall colors
- Permanent markers (for guests to use)
As I always begin… gather your supplies to make sure you aren’t missing anything.
If you have plenty of jars from last month’s craft that already have a chalkboard paint label on them, then skip ahead. If not, then wash and dry all the baby food jars or small mason jars. Don’t worry about the sticky residue from the label (even I am not that nit-picky), it actually provides the perfect area for you to apply the chalkboard paint, and you can skip taping off a square area. You will need 2-3 coats of the paint – make sure to let it dry completely between each coat.
Fill the jars with corn kernels, acorns, dried beans etc. Not only does this look good, but this will be where you place the pen and clothespin to hold the paint swatch.
Now, onto the paint swatches. You can simply clip them with the clothespins as is, or you could cut out leaf shapes with the paint swatches. I was lucky enough to stumble across some actual leaf-shaped paint swatches. I found these at a major home improvement chain store, so I am sure you can locate them as well.
Once the jars have completely dried, label each jar with the each guest’s or family member’s name. Then place a pen and clothespin with blank paint swatch in each jar.
And remember, the great thing about these adorable little jars is that you can just wipe the chalk off and reuse them for another party or for storage!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!