I used this craft for Little Flowers – Perseverance & St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. My family has made this a Thanksgiving/Pre-Advent Tradition.
The Gratitude Cards are intended to be used from now until the start of Advent - Nov. 28, 2010.
The the goal is for the children & family to work on preparing their hearts to receive the most wonderful gift, Jesus.
The box was decoupaged with a picture of Our Blessed Mother, Lord Jesus Christ, and/or another Saint. It can later be used as a prayer box to store the intentions of family and friends. The box can also be used for keepsakes such as Rosary, Miraculous Medal, etc. It also serves as a great gift for another. We often use the boxes to present a spiritual bouquet to someone dear.
A card is to be randomly selected from the box on a daily basis. The activity/card selected should be performed by all members of the household.
Here’s an example: “I’m Thankful for my toys.” Give some of your toys away to Goodwill so that other children may enjoy them.
I put our twine and cards over the fireplace. The kids love to see what they have completed and what they are thankful for.
Sparkles couldn't wait to start her cards. She was even more excited when she selected the card, "I'm Thankful For Our Car." Her task was to clean the car and then go out for ice cream cones. She has never been so happy to clean the car. She rallied her sisters and went to work. I even gave a hand. I couldn't resist their enthusiasm.
- I’m Thankful for… Cards (I printed my cards from here and selected the cards that applied to my family and Catholic Faith.)
- Scrapbook cardstock (I purchased a 4.5x6 book of Thanksgiving scrapbook papers, found at Michaels)
- Glue/double stick tape
- Hole punch
- Paper box (purchased from the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart)
- Gold Spray Paint
- Holy Picture
- Foam Brush
- Print & cut the I’m Thankful for… Cards
- Trim your scrapbook paper to frame the “Thankful Cards”
- Adhere the cards to your scrapbook paper
- Hole punch the scrapbook paper with card
- Thread a piece of twine/raffia in the hole and tie onto the hanging twine for display
- Spray paint the brown/paper box with gold spray paint
- Trim your holy picture as desired
- Adhere the picture to the box by brushing a thin layer of Mod Podge on the box.
- Brush another layer of Mod Podge over the picture and entire top surface of the box. Repeat as desired, allowing time for drying in between coats.
Father, "I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart" (Ps 138:1).