Hey New Years Eve everyone! Only a few hours left until we leap into 2014! Crazy. I think 2013 flew by, but I am so ready for 2014. I have a feeling it is going to be a very exciting and hopefully rewarding year. Yesterday I shared my “guiding purposes” with you that I would like to motivate me through the year, but what about all the memories that will hopefully be created? How will I remember all the laughs, triumphs, events, and love of 2014? Why, a DIY memory jar of course! This is the DIY gift I kept talking about before Christmas and that I would be making for my family. Since we won’t be together for a lot of 2014 I wanted a way for us all to be able to share our memories when are are together. All you do is write down memories, events, really anything you think is important and want to remember. You can write something down every day or just do it when something really sticks. But then on 12/31/14 you pour out all the little notes and reread them and reminisce! I bought the supplies for 3 jars, silly me forgot to make one for myself so I will have to do that ASAP :P, and I got to work.
DIY Memory Jars
Supplies: (for 1 jar) I got everything at the dollar store!
+ 1 large pretty glass jar
+ Any color ribbon
+ A pad of paper for the notes
+ A pen
+ The “direction sheet”
Here is the Direction Sheet. You can copy this image into a word document and print or you can make your own variation on PicMonkey, which I used!
+ Simply wrap the ribbon around the top of the jar to see how much you need to make a bow. Cut the desired length and tie.
+ Cut another piece of ribbon which will be tied around the pen and the direction sheet which you roll up. Tie the ribbon around each and place in the jar along with the pad!
That’s it! The work is really in the actually doing of the memory jar, not the making! Make one for yourself, a friend, family member, or whoever! Just remember when the year is up to get together with that person and share what you have! You will probably get some laughs, cries, and smiles! I loved giving this gift to my mom, dad, and brother. We were all crying Christmas morning (but, that was mostly due to the separate cards I wrote for each of them). But this gift will definitely show the person you give it to love and the knowledge that you care about them and their lives!
And get to it! You never know and might have a crazy awesome memory at midnight that you need to put in your jar!
So tell me:
What did you give your loved ones for the holidays this year?
What are you doing tonight? I want to know and love through your vicariously because I am doing…nothing and will probably fall asleep by 9 😉 Ill have to set my alarm for 11:55pm so I can be awake for the switch!
P.S. Remember to make a lucky dish tomorrow to being in the good luck for 2014!