Repost: DIY 'I'm Thankful for...'

 I post this DIY craft a year ago (to the day!), and I wanted to re-share it today.  If anything, I think finding the little things to be thankful for are even more important this year.

From 10/29/2019...

Today I have a fun DIY to share, just in time for Thanksgiving.

For some reason this year, I got a bee in my bonnet about finding a Christmas countdown hanging.  Kind of like an advent calendar but without little treats - more of a countdown.  Something I could hang on the door in my kitchen as decoration, and a fun way to be a bit more festive.  As I was searching for Christmas options, I started thinking about having the same for Thanksgiving.  

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I love the idea of thankfulness around it.  The past few years I have been filling out a gratitude journal, and I really feel like it has helped my mindset.  Everyone has a ton of not so good things going on in their life, but focusing on the good, especially the small things, can make a difference.

So, I thought it would be fun to incorporate both a countdown and thankfulness into this DIY project.

Here's what you'll need:
An empty frame
Twine, wire or ribbon
Numbered tags
Small clothespins
A staple gun, glue or tape
2 screw eyes

Here's how to put it together:
Screw in the screw eyes at the top of the frame.  Depending on what your frame is made of, you may need to drill a pilot hole.  Alternatively, you could just tie ribbon around the frame, and forego the screws all together.

Cut four lengths of your twine/wire/ribbon to fit the frame, leaving a bit extra for attaching.

Using a staple gun, glue or tape, attached your twine/wire/ribbon to the side of the frame, leaving equal spaces between the rows.  We used a staple gun, but if you don't have one, I think that you could use glue or tape to secure the twine/wire/ribbon.

Attach your numbered tags to the twine/wire/ribbon using the small clothespins.  I found that if I put the clothespins up and down, they would overlap the above row of tags, which is why I ended up putting them to the side.  Also, for the tags, my mom printed numbers on card stock, then using a tag punch she had, punched them out.  If you have the materials, this is a good option, or could you buy premade tags, and write numbers, or use stickers.

Tie the hanging ribbon through the first screw eye, then loop through the other.  Hold up to see the length you would like it to hang, then tie it off on the other screw eye.  

Add any decorative touches.  My mom had made a tag that said "I am thankful for...' which we attached to the top.  I also think it would be cute to add a little mini garland to the top, or a bunch of leaves, or something for added decor.

Each day in November, write what you are thankful for on the back of the tag, rehanging the tag so that the 'thankful' side shows.  

I really loved how this turned out - it was exactly as I had pictured in my mind!

I can't wait for Friday to start on this, and then for the end of the month, when I can look back on all the little things I was thankful for.

I am curious if you do any type of countdown, or counting of your blessing leading up to Thanksgiving?  I'd love to know - please feel free share in the comments!


  1. I've always talked about doing a Thankful list (and a post about it is coming out on Monday actually), but I haven't actually made anything for it. This is super cute and would be perfect to display on the wall. Great idea!

    1. Thank you! It's a fun way to see all the things you are thankful for!

  2. I remember this and I love this idea! Our kids always love counting down to things and I love that this one includes gratitude!