Pumpkins are fun and exciting for fun fall decorations. They’re the “global sign” for fall and Halloween time. But what do you do with them after Halloween? You use them to create a Thanksgiving Pumpkin Craft with your family! That’s what you do.
I’m not the original creator or crafter of this idea. I do have to start out by saying that. I honestly, can’t remember where I originally saw it. I probably saw this Thanksgiving pumpkin craft on Pinterest, knowing me and my Pinterest obsession.
But, this year, when Halloween is over, our family will be keeping one of our bigger pumpkins and writing on it.
Family Thanksgiving Pumpkin Craft Idea
The idea behind this Thanksgiving Pumpkin Craft is, as a family, each day you can either decide on an idea together or take turns picking an idea or thing you’re thankful for and you get to write it on the pumpkin.
It’s a super simple Thanksgiving pumpkin craft for kids and the whole family.
Craft Supplies for your Thanksgiving Pumpkin Craft:
- Reasons to be thankful
Each day you write something that you’re thankful for on the pumpkin. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, you can use this thankful pumpkin as a centerpiece for your family Thanksgiving feast.
If you want, someone can take a few minutes to read off the many things your family is thankful for that year. It is nice to take a few minutes to acknowledge the blessings you have together as a family and make such a cute, unique piece of decor for this festive time of year.
This year, the One Sharp Mama family has so much to be thankful for.
A few of our things we plan to list on our Thanksgiving Pumpkin Craft this year are:
- Our families health. Overall we were in fairly great health this whole past year
- The ability to conceive on our own. We started this year off by having our initial consultation at Shady Grove Fertility. We needed their help in order to conceive successfully with Caroline.
However, this time, God had other plans for us and we ended up not needing their help, even after the initial consultation and testing procedures were completed.
- Having an almost completely NORMAL pregnancy. This was something we were extremely anxious about.
After having a complicated pregnancy with our first daughter and having a placental abruption, we feared we may run into any kind of complications this time. However, this second time was much more “a breeze” than expected.
This is something we are EXTREMELY thankful for.
- Beyond thankful for the ability for, myself (Victoria), to cut back to 30 hours a week at her full time job. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do ever since I had to go back to work after maternity leave.
(Shout out and huge thank you to my parents who watch Caroline while Dave and I work! Daycare just isn’t something I could mentally handle and I don’t know what we would do without their help–another thing to be thankful for!)
I struggled with (and still do) separation anxiety, leaving our daughter and absolutely dreaded going to work outside of the home. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being a Sonographer, or my company, I just wanted to be home with my daughter more.
Thanks to the hardworking husband I have, we have been able to make it work financially.
- Speaking of that hardworking husband…. He finally graduated his 5 year apprenticeship program this past June.
He has done incredible with it. He’s had many, many long, late days. Leaving from work in the wee hours (I’m talking 3-4am) and then not getting home until after work and school some days, until 8 or 9 pm.
This was exhausting, but, as always, he stuck it out, finished the program and even took a raise and promotion for all his hard work before graduation!
The raise and promotion also helped this One Sharp Mama have that ability to cut back to 30 hours a week outside of the home and spend more time with our daughter.
- This leads me to my next point. I’m extremely thankful for all the One Sharp Mama fans and readers. Without all your love and support, I wouldn’t have been able to cut back and easily stay financially afloat as we have.
By purchasing the One Sharp Mama products, like the Infertility is a Diagnosis, Not a Definition ebook and using the affiliate links provided throughout many posts, you’re helping support our family in ways you don’t even know.
So, thank you for that. This leads me to the next thankful thing…..
- Not too long ago, I started offering Pinterest VA services to other bloggers and businesses. I haven’t advertised it all that much.
It’s mainly been word of mouth, a few pins tossed around Pinterest and a few blogging groups. However, I have had great success with these services. I’m able to help quite a few other businesses grow through the use of Pinterest and it feels INCREDIBLE!
It’s so rewarding to get an email about how great the pins you created for someone are and how they’ve increased their website traffic. It’s fantastic to check analytics for your clients and see growth of 112% in a month.
Offering these services has become very rewarding and, of course, has helped pay some bills each month.
Feel free to email me at email@example.com to learn more about what I can help with, or, visit the Pinterest VA services page to read more and send me a note to get started!)
- With the income from OSM and being a Pinterest VA, I will be cutting back hours even more after maternity leave! My plan is to only go back to working one to two days a week max, outside of the home once our second daughter arrives. Update: As of May 2019- I’m a full time work from home mama! I no longer have to leave the house to go to work and get to spend the day with my two sweet girls!
- We are thankful to still be head over heels in love with each other after being together for 5 years (in October). When we met, we knew very early that we were meant for each other. I know it’s cheesy, but, that’s part of our story.
We’ve spent less than a handful of nights apart from each other in the last 5 years and I couldn’t be happier. I’m thankful to have such an understanding, loving, mature, responsible and hardworking husband.
Not all have that. Not everyone is as lucky and blessed as we are.
I can honestly say there has never been a day when I questioned his love and support for me. He always makes it known without even trying.
He is an incredible husband and the best father I could have ever hoped for to our children. For that, I am eternity thankful.
These are just an extremely brief list of the things that we, as a family, (really myself as I’m the one who is writing this) are thankful for. These and many more things, will be written on our Thanksgiving Pumpkin Craft this year.
I hope that each year to come we can sit down as a family each day and write something that we are thankful for on to the pumpkins. As our daughters get older and more mature, I’d like to give them their own pumpkin to fill up and write on each year. I think this Thanksgiving Pumpkin craft for toddlers is a great way to get them to get used to verbalizing what they’re thankful for.
I hope this family craft will instill humility and thankfulness in our children and make sure they never take the things we can provide them with for granted.
What things are you and your family thankful for this year? What do you plan on writing on your Thanksgiving repurposed pumpkin project?
Do you have a family Thanksgiving craft you’d like to share with us? Share it in the comments below!