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Learn how to make a memory jar as a great alternative to writing a journal. Free printable’s are available to make this an easy DIY for everyone.
A memory jar is the best way to capture the moments taken place during the year which can easily be forgotten.
With a set of printable’s available from year 2018-2022, you are completely set. There is also a blank one to add your own year.
A memory jar instruction sheet is also included if you wish to hand it out as a gift.
A couple of years ago, one of my close friends gave me a memory jar gift for Christmas. She had told me about doing it herself and it sounded like a great idea.
But, life got in the way and I never got around to actually organizing one for my own family.
I had made something similar as a Mother’s day craft where I presented my mum with a little jar filled with all the things that I loved about her.
As far as gift’s go, this is probably one of the most treasured one’s she has ever received.
I had also made a Valentine’s day love jar for my husband which I also filled with 10 things I loved about him. Once again it was a great success.
Yet, despite making these love jars for my family, I had never actually made a memory jar. I was therefore thrilled when she gave it to me, and it turned out to be the best Christmas gift.
What could be a better gift than recording and storing memories of your precious family!
Now that we have started our memory jar, we are going to keep it going year after year.
If you have been thinking about starting one, don’t delay any longer.
Start your memory jar NOW and keep those memories alive forever.
What Is A Memory Jar?
The concept of a memory jar is incredibly simple.
A memory jar is a way of recording everything that has happened for you and your family in a particular year, and keeping all those memories stored together in a sweet little jar.
I used to write things that happened in my diary.
For example, the first time my child walked, or the first word they said.
That system can however become quite messy and a memory jar is a great alternative way of keeping all those memories together.
How To Create A Memory Jar
Even though the year has started, it is not to late to start your memory jar for this year.
Scroll down to the Christmas section, and you will find these printables under the title”New Years Memory Jar”.
Click on the “download” link for the PDF to open up for you.
Secure the printable of the side of the jar with double sided sticky tape and you are done!
I have designed two printable’s, so choose the one that you love the most.
Even if you don’t actually get your jar until next week, it really doesn’t matter.
The important thing is starting it, and then keeping it going for the whole year.
How Does The Memory Jar Work?
Find a simple mason jar and then use the free printable to decorate it with.
If you wish, you can add a nice ribbon around the jar, but you can make this as decorative or as simple as you wish.
Using some small sticky notes, write down memorable things as they happen during the year and then add them to the jar.
Continue recording your memories throughout the year and then on new years eve or new years day, sit down as a family and read out each of your memories one by one.
This is also a wonderful tradition to start with your family and a great way to have some quality time together at the beginning or end of a year.
It’s amazing how much you would have forgotten throughout the year, and the amount of smiles and laughs that are created when the jar contents are read is worth it’s weight in gold.
One all your memories have been read, collect them together and place them in an envelope to store away safely. Your jar can now be used for a whole new year of memories.
I love how mason jars can be used in such awesome and different ways.
For example, a jar to give on Father’s day including lots of different activities that can be enjoyed together. This is a great way of creating memories which can then be added into a memory jar.
The options for this are endless and you are only limited by your own creativity.
What Should I Record In My Memory Jar?
Don’t get too hung up on what you should write down, because the little things are just as good as major events.
In fact, the little things are probably more important.
It is very easy to remember major events such as shows you went to see.
However will you remember the time when your two kids were playing beautifully together in their bedroom, and your daughter was practicing her hairdressing skills on her younger brother before school?
(Guess what was happening in our house this morning, and now has it’s little memory stored away nicely in a jar!).
Those are the moments that you easily forget in the hustle or life, and those are the moments that you want to record.
But in case you need a few tips, here are some great ideas for memories that you might like to record.
- Daily blessings
- Achievements in school, kindy, after school activities
- Big moments such as the first tooth lost, first step etc
- Things that made you laugh
- The best thing that happened at school today (in your kids perspective)
- Something you found beautiful in nature
- A surprise gift
- Compliments you received
- A new joke that made you laugh!
- Something that happened unexpectedly and made you smile
A Few Tips For Making Your Memory Jar Successful
- Let your kids be involved – Don’t stress out about trying to make this neat! If your kids want to write down a memory in their writing, which might not be spelt correctly, then let them. Their writing is a memory in itself!
- Keep the jar in view at all times – Remember the saying “out of sight, out of mind”? Well this is especially true with a memory jar. If you place it tucked away in a cupboard, that is exactly where it will stay until the end of the year. You need to keep your memory jar in view, so that you don’t actually have to ‘think’ about going to grab it.
- Keep a pen and notes next to the jar – If you don’t have these easily accessible, guess what will happen? Nothing! It might seem like a silly thing, but if you don’t have them handy right away, the effort to go and find a pen will stop that memory right there. Keep the pen in the jar if you wish.
- Write a date on the memory – When you add the memory, place a date on it too. This will help with remembering when certain things happened, especially when it might be as important as something like a first tooth lost!
Give A Memory Jar Gift
Do you love the idea of giving your memory jar as a gift?
I have made that super easy for you, and I have included a memory jar instruction sheet for you to print.
If you would like to pass on a memory jar gift, simply print off the instruction sheet and hand it over with the jar. Maybe tie a pretty ribbon around the instruction sheet and pop it in the jar.
It would also be a lovely idea to include a nice pen and a stack of mini notes to help them get started.
This is a great way of helping your friends and family share a wonderful experience together.
Have you ever completed a memory jar?
What types of memories did you record?
Add your own great tips in the comments below.
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