“Always Be Thankful” Gratitude Frame

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One of my favorite things about the autumn season is that it gives me the opportunity to discuss “gratitude” with my two little boys. Granted, they’re still pretty young so the idea kinda goes over their head but you know what they say…you’ve got to start young! Thank you to the Visa Clear Prepaid program and Prepaid Visa ® RushCard for sponsoring the update to this discussion on how to raise children with a sense of gratitude.

Learn how to make your own "Always Be Thankful" Gratitude Frame. A perfect tradition to start during the Thanksgiving season!A couple years ago I made a Reusable Chalkboard Gratitude Calendar (that we still use during November) but I wanted something that we could leave up all year. So I made this “Always Be Thankful” Gratitude Frame! I’m thinking we’ll make it a tradition to write one thing we’re thankful for each night and then open the frame up on Thanksgiving Day to relive a year of blessings. How fun would it be to see how our listings change over the year?!

Always Be Thankful Gratitude Frame - AlwaysTHE PROCESS

Making the Gratitude Frame is pretty easy with the right tools. I used a digital cutting machine to cut out the letters from gold vinyl and stuck them to the inside of a thrifted shadow-box frame. (Make sure you reverse the words!) Cutting a slit in the top of the frame was easy with motorized hand tool but you could also use wood carving tools instead. It would take longer but would work if you don’t have a hand held rotary tool available.

Always Be Thankful Gratitude Frame - PlaceOnce the words have been stuck and the slot cut, all that’s left to do is decide on a background paper and cut a bunch of small strips to write your blessings on. Choosing the background paper was, seriously, the most time consuming part of this project. With so many pretty scrapbooking papers out there, it was hard to decide!

Always Be Thankful Gratitude Frame - DremelALWAYS BE THANKFUL

After each person writes out what they’re thankful for, just slip the paper strip into the slot on the top of the frame and now you have a visual representation of your blessings! We’ve had so a good time using the Gratitude Frame these last few days and have had many a laughs over some of the boys’ entries (like “underwear” and dinosaurs). Honestly, though, I don’t care what they write down as long as they remember that there is always something to be thankful for. I know I sure can use the reminder!

Always Be Thankful Gratitude Frame - WriteLIVING IN GRATITUDE

While teaching our kids about gratitude, it’s important to emphasize the importance of monetary responsibility. Keeping within our family budget not only provides basic security but also affords us a few extra pleasures for which we should all be thankful for!

Thank goodness for the Visa Clear Prepaid program and the transparency and protection it provides. In order to be part of the program, prepaid cards like the Prepaid Visa ® RushCard, have to clearly communicate their fees so that you know exactly what you’ll be paying. Now that’s something to be thankful for!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making one for your family. With so much to be thankful for, I’m sure you all will fill your Gratitude Frames in no time. As always, thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet, I so enjoy having you all here!

Always Be Thankful Gratitude Frame - InsertAlways Be Thankful Gratitude Frame - HungThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visa Clear Prepaid and Prepaid Visa ® RushCard.



  1. I love this project! This would be great for me to use at school. I know my 6th graders would enjoy sharing with me for what they are thankful. I’m really wishing that I owned a Silhouette so I could copy your fun idea.

  2. what a beautiful idea , perfect for my family to do something like this, thanks for the details. Happy Fall.


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