How to Make a Thanksgiving Journal

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Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in relationships and rich in traditions and memories. Whether you have the same folks gather together each year or if every Thanksgiving means a different group at a different location, it's nice to think back to seasons past. By keeping a Thanksgiving journal, you can capture memories of friends and loved ones who may have passed on or moved away, of children as they grow up, and of those things you all were so thankful for.


Step 1

Cut each piece of cardboard into the size of half of a sheet of the plain white paper you are going to use. For example, if you are using standard 8.5" x 11" printer paper, you would cut each piece of cardboard 4.25" x 5.5".

Step 2

Measure and cut the fabric or decorative paper so that it will cover each piece of cardboard. Adhere it to the cardboard using the glue. Alternatively you can use contact or other self adhesive paper.

Step 3

Cut several pieces of the plain, white paper in half so that they are the same size as the pieces of cardboard.

Step 4

Line up the pieces of paper and the cardboard so that it makes a book with two covers. Use the hole punch to make two or three holes along one edge of the book.

Step 5

Cut two or three small pieces of ribbon, depending on how many holes you punched. Thread a piece of ribbon through each hole and tie them into a bow or small knot.

Step 6

Write the date on the first page of the journal, and ask everyone present on Thanksgiving to write down what they are thankful for along with their names. Each year, date a new page and continue your new tradition. Read previous journal entries aloud at the beginning of your Thanksgiving meal.

Tips and Warnings

You can enhance your journal by adding scrapbooking cutouts or other embellishments to the cover. For children too small to write, have an adult write what they are thankful for in the journal and allow the child to draw a small picture.

Things You'll Need

Two Pieces of Thin Cardboard, Decorative Paper or Fabric , Glue, Scissors, Hole Punch, Ribbon , White paper

About this Author

Tielle Webb has been a freelance writer and editor for more than a decade. Published in local and national publications such as "The Dollar Stretcher," "Good News Tucson" and "Guideposts," Webb specializes in computer technology and is certified in Microsoft Office applications. Webb is also passionate about helping readers save money as well as offering home and personal care tips.

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