Friday, November 25, 2011

Give Thanks Basket

A new Thanksgiving traditional was started this year.  I wanted to do this last year but never got around to doing it but with the help of my 9 year old daughter Kaitlyn we finally did it!  I read somewhere about this project years ago and this is our "Give Thanks Basket."  Basically the basket is where you keep strips of whatever color paper you'd like (I choose red, green and white) and throughout the year you write on a strip of paper something you are thankful for.  Then next Thanksgiving you bring out the basket and read what your family has written on them throughout the year.  Lastly, you make a chain-link garland out of the written on strips of paper and use for your Christmas decorations on your tree or wherever you'd like.

I used these items to create my Give Thanks Basket (ALL of these items I had in my stash):
  • basket (just one I had at my house)
  • leaves (from a Fall garland that had fallen off) - hot glued to the outside of the basket
  • wooden dowels -  for the sign
  • jute packaging twine - for the sign
  • Create-a-Critter Cricut cartridge - for the turkey
  • Sesame Street Seasons Cricut cartridge - for the leaves
  • Storybook Cricut cartridge - for the font
  • Studio G glitter glue
I am entering this project in the following challenges:
Here is our Give Thanks Basket during our Thanksgiving dinner:

Thanks for stopping by and viewing my Give Thanks Basket.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now let's bring on Christmas!!!


  1. O this is such a great idea, it looks so nice on your table and i really love how it gets your family involved!! Thanks for joining us for the Simply Sunday Challenge!!
    Getting Cricky Jr. DTM

  2. Adorable basket! Thanks for playing along with our CropStop Challenge Blog.

  3. What an awesome idea! Love the garland and turkey. Thank you for sharing with us at Paper Cutz Challenge!!!! :)

  4. I love this idea! Cute basket and a very festive project! Love this:)
    Thanks for joining the Challenge Me Monday over at FCCB!
    Sherrie K

  5. That is so cute and what a wonderful idea! So glad you joined us with your projects at Exploring Cricut!

  6. Wow...really great idea!! hanks for playing along with us at Getting Cricky's Simply Sunday Challenge!
    Hug's and Happy Craftin :)

    Ildi-Getting Cricky SrDTM
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  7. What a wonderful tradiotn to start. Thanks for sharing with us at Use it Tuesday-Haven

  8. What an adorable project, Carol. I'll have to remember this one for my grandkids. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion "Photo Inspiration Challenge" this week.
    Holiday Hugz,
    Cathy Lee

  9. What a cool idea!! Love it! Great job! TYFS!

    Getting Cricky JrDT

  10. Lovely idea! Great colors too! TYFS!

    Getting Cricky JrDT

  11. Love you basket - so creative and festive.

    Getting Cricky JrDT

  12. What a great idea for a center piece:) I love it !!Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion Challenges this week for our Photo Challenge. Good Luck and have a great week!

  13. This is just a wonderful idea! I may have to steal it :) I love the way you decorated it. Thanks for sharing.
    Heather Getting Cricky JrDT

  14. This is so creative! I love it. You did a great job and picked the right elements to bring the project together. Thanks for linking up to the Simply Sunday challenge. Hope to see you soon.

    Scrappy hugs,
    Getting Cricky JrDT

  15. I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
    Cheri - Getting Cricky JrDT

  16. OOOO, super duper cute. I love it.

    Be Blessed, Beckie

  17. Adorable! Such a cute idea! Thanks for playing along with us for the Getting Cricky Simple Sunday Challenge!
    Miranda :)
    Getting Cricky JRDT

  18. That is so adorable. I also think that is such a fantastic idea. I might have to steal and try it out next year.:)

    Getting Cricky Jr DT member

  19. What a thoughtful idea and such a cute project. Thanks for sharing at FCCB.

  20. That's such a cute idea!!! Almost like a yearly time capsule. Thanks for playing along with us at Use it Tuesday. - Heather B

  21. This is an awesome idea! Thank you for joining in our CropStop challenge. Hugs, Rosie

  22. Hi Carol,
    This is such a cute idea! I love how you made the leaf banners. So clever and a very meaningful project at that! Thanks for joining us at FCCB. Please stop by our Wednesday post. You won't be sorry you did! Trust me. ;) You have gained a new follower too!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (FCCB Coordinator & new follower)
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  23. Hello Carol that is an wonderful design. Congratulations on your win at FCCB

  24. what a gorgeous center piece!
    Thanks for playing with us @ CropStop's challenge blog.

    -- dalis

  25. This is really cute and a great idea for a family dinner.


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