A family Thanksgiving Day guest book is an easy way to remember the years of guests and family that have come through your door to celebrate. You can use just a blank journal and have guests sign-in upon entering your home, but they are simple to make if you want to have a special one that you can easily add more paper to the stack, year after year.
GUEST BOOK SUPPLIES AND INSTRUCTIONS:
- 20-30 blank sheets of text weight paper
- 8-1/2 X 11″ decorative paper for cover
- Color print of “Gather Here with Grateful Hearts” artwork. Find the free download provided at the end of this post.
- Print image on a smooth cream cardstock, I used a Neenah brand in Natural White with a smooth finish.
- Using 2 different decorative papers, create a 3-mount collage for the front of your guest book. I machine stitched around the edges of the artwork to attach the 3 layers, but you can just phote tape or glue up the 3 mounts. The artwork was cut to 2-2/4 X 4″. The kraft mount was cut to around 3-1/2 X 4-3/4″. The last border was roughly 3-1/2X5″.
- 8-1/2 X 11″ piece of chipboard for back cover of book
- Use a punch to punch out 2 holes about 1-1/2″ down and 3/4″ from the over from the left hand side of the book on each sheet of paper. I used a drill punch from a leather supply store. You simply line up the stack of paper about 10 sheets at a time. Place the hand punch over the paper with a self-healing cutting mat underneath, and with a hammer, hit the top of the punch until a few times until the hole is punched all the way through the stack of paper. I purchased my hand held drill punch from Tandy Leather.
- Take 3/4 yard of 1-1/2 wide ribbon and feed through the two holes of the book and then tie in a bow.
- Mount the art collage on the front using a glue gun or craft glue.
- Add polaroid photos if possible and leave markers and pens for guests to write their blessings and signatures down.
Below there are two free downloads. The first one is just the art. The second one is an image of a collage I created using the artwork for the guest book, but I stitched it onto decorative papers and sewed the 3 layers together.
Now just sign your own John Hancock and leave it at the door for annual guests to sign-in documenting the day!