A simple DIY gratitude board for Thanksgiving

A few years ago my sister-in-law hosted us for Thanksgiving, and she created a gratitude experience by making an interactive bulletin board. She had little slips of paper that everyone could write things they were thankful for. It was a really meaningful exercise and a great visual reminder of all of our blessings. It was also the perfect way to get the kids involved in thinking through what they are grateful for.


I decided to try to recreate this experience, and start at the beginning of November so that gratitude becomes our theme for the month . . . sort of like an advent calendar for Thanksgiving. I’m not the craftiest person, so rather than trying to make my own bulletin board or nice letters, I turned to my old standby: Amazon prime. I ordered a large framed cork board and then searched for wall decals about thankfulness or gratitude. I liked this gratitude wall decal but ended up going with one that says In Everything Give Thanks.

Applying it to the cork board was surprisingly easy.

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I just laid out the lettering where I wanted it, pulled of the backing, and used a credit card to smooth out the letters.

DIY Thanksgiving “Gratitude Board”

I also ordered some Martha Stewart and David Tutera craft tags to give us some variety, and some silver push-pins.

DIY Thanksgiving “Gratitude Board”

Now our family is free to ad tags to the board, writing in things they are thankful for. We did this last year:

DIY Thanksgiving “Gratitude Board”

DIY Thanksgiving “Gratitude Board”

DIY Thanksgiving “Gratitude Board”


DIY Thanksgiving “Gratitude Board”

DIY Thanksgiving “Gratitude Board”
This year, we've recycled the same board by taking down our "thankfulness" tags from 2014 and putting them in a bag for safekeeping. We are starting over with new things we are thankful for this year.




It’s been fun seeing them take ownership of this exercise and fill up the board. Our goal is to have no cork space left on the board by Thanksgiving.





I’m loving the way this is encouraging us to count our blessings, and I think this board has become a November tradition for us.



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