Family Memory Banner- a Thanksgiving Craft

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner

It’s the perfect time of year to stop and take a minute to count your many blessings. We gathered some friends together for a gratitude blog hop because we wanted to let our families know just how much we love and appreciate them. Check out my project and then visit my friends to see what they created with the “Gratitude” theme. There are recipes, printables and family traditions included in this blog hop.

For my Thanksgiving Gratitude Craft I decided to create a Family Memory Banner.  We have had a lot of milestones happen in our house this year and I know that we have a lot to be thankful for.  I thought that a banner hanging up with photos of things we did this year would be a great reminder.

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner


To make the banner all you need is some printed photos (Get them off your phone!!!) some scrapooking supplies, twine and clothes pins.

That’s it! No special techniques required.

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner


Mount the photos on card stock (so they don’t bend when hung up) then using clothespins simply pin them to your twine! (I attach my twine to my mantel using painters tape)

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner


I added a few little tags and embellishments.

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory BannerBut overall this craft took only about 30 minutes to make. Here are a few more photos!

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner

Hop on over to these fun projects based around the Gratitude theme:

14 GRATITUDE printables, recipes and ideas

A big, huge thank you to our families for their support and love. They are our guinea pigs, models, help us when we have last minute deadlines, don’t blink when we wear yoga pants for two days in a row and stick through the good, the bad and the ugly. We are so grateful for you.

Look at all these pretty faces! So much love in this collage:

Gratitude Blog Hop with several bloggers

Kari from U Create // Jodie from Eighteen25 // Cindy from Skip to My Lou // Amy from Positively Splendid
Kelli from Lolly Jane // Mique from Thirty Handmade Days // Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom // Steph from Somewhat Simple
Melissa from Polka Dot Chair // Kristen from Capturing Joy // Becky from Organizing Made Fun // Amy from the Idea Room
Kristyn from Lil Luna // Desiree from the 36th Avenue

We thought you might have fun getting to know a little bit more about our families too. So we asked them some questions. Here’s what they had to say:
(questions and answers here)

Mique had us ask our kids….

1- What are your favorite holiday traditions as a family?

Kari: I like having a big fancy dinner as a family for every major holiday

Sydney: Putting on a play at cousin’s Christmas.

Andrew: Fancy Breakfast on Christmas morning.

2- What is your favorite recipe or project that your mom has made?

Kari: I like the gingerbread cookies even though last time she made them I had to decorate them all for neighbor gifts

Sydney: The quilt she made me for Christmas.

Andrew: Pumpkin Chocolate chip cookies

3- Do you have any family favorite games movies or hobbies?

Kari: We all really like to watch Elf at Christmas

Sydney: Watching Elf!

Andrew: Going to the movies on Thanksgiving.

4- Are you tired of taking photos for Mom’s blog?

Kari: Depends on what she is having me do

Sydney: Sometimes

Andrew: Sometimes

And then she had us ask our husbands…

1- What do you do for a living?

A: I’m a dentist

2- How did you two meet? What do you love most about your wife?

A: We met when she moved into a new apartment after winter break in college, she and her roommate came over to say hi.  I love that she is artistic.

3- How much time do you think your wife spends on her blog per week?

A: 40 hrs

4- Whats you favorite recipe or project?

A: I like it best when she blogs about travel- like our trip to South Africa last year.

5- What’s your favorite thing about her blogging?

A: When she gets paid.

6- What do you like least about her blogging?

A: The time it takes.

So there you go, quite honest answers when they all stopped laughing at me. *wink*


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Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.



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