I was a little stumped about creating a Thanksgiving DIY project a project this year – in the past, I’ve made a gobble barnwood sign, GATHER letters, thankful chalkboard chargers and the give thanks burlap banner and greeting cards.
Since we’re going to be out of town for Thanksgiving, I didn’t want to put something very complicated together just to take it down in a few days. I also didn’t want to spend any money.
I thought maybe I could create something that would work for Thanksgiving and then convert into early Christmas decor.
Enter, the Thanksgiving chalkboard word search.
I love how this came out! I know I’ve seen word searches and crosswords on Pinterest, but my inspiration actually came from seeing a book at the Dollar Tree. I thought it’d be fun to make one for Thanksgiving, and also hide some Christmas words in there so it can carry me into December.
I was concerned that it would look sloppy if I didn’t do it right. So, after I mocked up the words I wanted to include on notebook paper, I spent some time marking light chalk lines every two inches. I used this awesome Measure It! self-adhesive tape that I won in a giveaway at That’s My Letter. It’s awesome because it’s sticky AND repositional. So I was able to only use two lengths for this project. I have plenty leftover for the next project. (I was not asked to promote this, I just happened to win a pack and think it’s pretty slick.)
It looks more tedious than it actually is. I just quickly marked the horizontal lines.
Then I used CHALK MARKER to put on the letters (this is important if you want to remove the lines). I actually started with the actual words I wanted to make sure were included. Then I just filled in everything else.
Once the letters were finished, I let the chalk markers dry and then I took a paper towel and lightly removed the lines. In orange chalk, I found the words and circled them.
So many things to be thankful for this holiday season. My little chalkboard crossword is a good reminder – thankful, grateful, blessed, family, friend and TURKEY. 😉