DIY: (Happy) Memories Jar

Pictures are amazing – you can capture almost any moment or special event to look back on from years down the road. They’re one of the reasons my laptop literally has no space left on the hard drive.

But sometimes there are things that can’t be just captured on camera. A nice raise for example or just the fact that you were able to enjoy a weekend doing absolutely nothing except laying on the couch in your living room to marathon your new favorite show.

Which is why I LOVE having a memory jar. It’s a super simple craft that you can do, and takes just a few things to complete:

  • 1 Mason Jar
  • Ribbon
  • 6″ x 6″ piece of cloth
  • Stickers, jewels, etc.
  • Hot Glue

I’ve had mine for years after making them for my friend group for Christmas, so I’m unfortunately unable to give you step by step pictures on how I put mine together. However, if you look at the pictures below, you can see how easy it is!

My nickname with a few friends is Saphire, based on my character from a book we were writing. Thus the reason Saph is on my memory jar – it’s who I am!
really loved this ribbon.

Glue the ribbon around the lid of the mason jar, making sure not to burn yourself in the process! I also hot glued my piece of cloth on the inside circle of the lid, which separates from the ring that screws on.

While that dries, just decorate the mason jar with stickers and jewels! I chose lots of inspirational quotes and words, along with floral stickers and jewels. My whole reason for doing the memories jar was to have a place to put all of my happy memories, so I really tried to make the decorations something that reflected that.


The fun thing about this craft (other than it’s super easy to do) is that you can make it show off just exactly what your style is – make it match your room, your personality, etc. And then fill it with memories that you can look back on at the end of the year. No matter what bad things have happened, you’ve literally got all of the good things that mattered to you in front of you. And what’s more important than that?

Will you be making a memory jar, dear readers? What do you do to remember all the good things that happened to you during the year? Feel free to share and comment, below!



P.S. On Saturday, I’ll be talking about one of the things that has definitely made it into my memory jar this year – my Ipsy Bags! July’s finally came in but I’ve been a little sick so I haven’t really played with it yet. It’s definitely a fun one, though!


Fashionista. Dreamer. Blogger. Adventurer. Lover of life. Austinite.

I’m passionate about writing and style and being happy. Luckily, all three are possible with Inbetween Thoughts.

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