One of my goals for the New Year is to do a better job of capturing our family’s happy moments. I’m going to do this the easy way with help of my children and a Memory Jar! Follow this simple tutorial for how to make a memory jar plus a FREE printable to help you get started.
When I was a young mama with only one child I kept a journal of all the milestones, sweetness, and funny stories that came with a new baby. But then life got super busy with two more babies and no matter how hard I tried there was never enough time to complete in those journals. The post may contain affiliate links marked with an asterisk. Click here to see my complete disclosure policy.
This year I’m going to make it work by including the children in a yearlong memory jar.
How to Make a Memory Jar: Supplies Needed
How to Make a Memory Jar
Start by grabbing an empty plastic container from your recycling bin. Clean it well with soap and water then spray it down with Goo Gone Original Cleaner* to remove the sticky label.
We love Goo Gone so much that we keep a bottle tucked under the kitchen sink! It’s a great cleaner for lots of things and we use it all the time.
After the container has been prepped print out the “Our Awesome Year of 2016” labels. There are three different sizes of labels. Simply cut out the one that will fit your recycled container the best.
Use Mod Podge* to adhere the label to the memory jar. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions. Once the glue was completely dried I simply used my fingernail to scrape off the excess from around the label.
The finished Memory Jar got a place of honor on our kitchen shelf. I placed colorful markers and blank paper nearby to encourage the children to help with the memory making.
Once I explained “Our Awesome of 2016” Memory Jar to the children, our youngest son was all about being the first one to add a memory. In his mind the first awesome thing we did in the New Year was to see the newest Star Wars movie.
I can’t wait to add lots of special moments! There’s going to be basketball games, first dance recitals, and everyday events to document.
This year don’t let your family memories slip away! Enlist your children to help record them with this tutorial for How to Make a Memory Jar. The printable included in this post make it so easy. All you need is an empty jar to recycle!
I would love to hear about how you help keep your family memories going! Do you scrapbook or create photo picture books to share with your children? Do you journal like I was did?
Leave me a note in the comments to let me know!
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