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The Gratitude Project

Nov 5, 2015 By Beckie Farrant
The Gratitude Project

Hey, creative people! Are your creative juices in overdrive with the holiday season upon us? Me too! In addition to making handmade gifts and holiday decorating, I also want to take brief moments to make sure this season is memorable and intentional, especially with my kiddos. My family is so abundantly blessed beyond measure, and I want to teach my kids to give from that place of abundance and to be radical about it. Radical generosity is what we call it.

So, I came up with the gratitude project. It is a way for my kids to see that even a little amount of money can still be used to bless people around them. In each of the numbered envelopes, there is the corresponding amount of money (so $28 total in the 7 envelopes). Seven times this month we are going to use the money in the envelopes to get creative about how to bless other people.  Even $1 makes a difference and can brighten someone’s day.

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I will show you how I made mine but you can make this as simple or as complex as you would like. I wanted to make mine cute enough to leave out for holiday decor but practical enough that my kids could touch it.

SUPPLIES

We R Memory Keepers Shutter Memo Holder
American Crafts Security Envelopes
Wanderlust Wood Veneer Numbers
Gold Glitter Clothespins
K & Co. Chalkboard Stickers
Paint for the numbers (I used different Krylon spray paint colors)

Step 1. All you have to do is paint your numbers any color scheme that you want – I did fall colors and sprayed them with spray paint but you can use any type of paint you want.

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Step 2.
While the numbers are drying, add money to the envelopes.

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Step 3.
I used a chalkboard sticker to write “the gratitude project” on it and stuck it to the top of the shutter. When I am done, I can remove it and still use the memo board for other things.

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Step 4.
Once dry, clip the number onto the front of the envelope with a mini clothespin.

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Step 5.
Tuck the envelopes into the shutter.

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Now you can have fun as a family brainstorming ideas of how you can use the money for good.  For example, for $1 you can add quarters into a washing machine in a laundromat and surprise someone.  You will be so amazed at what your kids come up with.

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In need of some more Thanksgiving ideas? Here are a few to get those creative juices flowing. Click on the image to be taken directly to the post.

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