Each person brings 5 of the same item (something that they love or that represents them). Everybody keeps the items under a certain price range. For my party, we kept it under $4 per item. Then at the party, each person has her name on 5 pieces of paper. All of the names go in a bowl. Going around the room each person explains what they brought and why it is one of her favorite things and then draws 5 names out of the bowl to give her items to. So in the end, you go home with 5 different "Favorite Things." Totally fun! To make things even better, everybody brings a fun snack or treat to share. Such a fun evening.
Anyway, I made some fun little thank-you boards for Thanksgiving, but they can also be used for other things throughout the year. Take a look:
Whipperberry. She has a great tutorial. I did things slightly different, but hopefully they will both help you make your own!
Start by finding a frame. I found mine at Goodwill. They weren't especially pretty--but it's amazing what a bit of paint can do! After painting my frames, I also sanded them down a bit and stained over them to give them a more antiqued look.
To string the jute I marked down the side of the frame on the back every 2 inches, but alternated the sides by one inch to make a zig-zag pattern. Then I used staples to hold the jute or twine in place. Once the twine was in place and tight I simply tied little knots to finish it off.
To make my sign, I simply printed the wording. I used "Oh so Thankful." Then I mounted it onto some cute paper, and then mounted that to a piece of cardboard just to add a little dimension and stability.
So, in the end it looks a bit more like this: