"Thankful" Message Box

Share thanks with your family with this message box.
Share thanks with your family with this message box.

This project takes very little time, but start this tradition now, and you and your family can treasure it for years to come.



  • Plain-colored photo storage box
  • Alternative: a shoe box covered in colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Paints and brushes or markers
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • String
  • Tape
  • Note pad or note paper


First, have an adult cut a slit in the top of your "thankful" message box. Put the top on the box and get to decorating. The variations are endless - glue leaves or photos of your family on the box. Use fall colors, or stray from the norm and get a little wacky. Once finished, tape one end of a piece of string to the top of the box. Tie and tape the other end of the string to a pencil or pen. Put the pencil or pen next to your notepad so that guests can write their "thankful" messages. During your meal or dessert, pass the box around so everyone can choose a "thankful" sentiment to read!