April 05, 2010

A Memory Jar - the perfect gift

Okay, first of all I wanted to say thanks.  I was kind of worried that our Flickr pool was only ever going to be a Flickr puddle because there was only one shirt in it.  THANK YOU for coming to the rescue!  I clicked on it yesterday and was SO happy to see some fabulous stuff.  Thank you also to those of you who have e-mailed me links or photos to your stuff.  It has been so fun to see.  Make sure you upload to the flickr group or at least visit the group so we can all swap ideas and enjoy each other's work.  Click HERE to sneak a peek!

Today's tutorial is quite simple.  It's more of an idea really.  It involves decorating a jar, but the important part is the purpose.  This is a memory jar.  What do you do with it?


You give it away as a gift to someone you love.  Just fill it up with your favorite memories of that person, written on slips of paper.  Decorate the jar and voila!  You have a meaningful gift for someone you care about.


You can also continue to add more memories as life continues.  If you have a really big jar you can involve other people.  I gave one to my mother-in-law and had all the siblings write out some of their favorite memories.


So instead of giving a gift that will soon be forgotten, give something that will bring joy again and again - memories.

Stayed tuned for a simple, fun boy idea tomorrow and an in-depth bleach pen video on Wednesday!  Thank you so much for stopping in!

15 comments:

  1. What a great idea. My family did something similar for me when I moved away for UNI. They called it the love jar & filled it with slips of paper, each with an inspirational quote, memory or piece of advice. I loved it & still treasure it today!

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  2. Apparently I'm emotional today and your project made me cry! I think I've found a special gift for my parents' anniversary this year! One big jar filled with memories from all their kids.

    I linked your projects under my Inspirational Projects list on my sidebar!

    Jaime
    www.theclayfamilyblog.blogspot.com

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  3. having recieved one of these jars I can tell you how fun and special they are. I keep mine out to look at and remind me of the love my family has for me. They are fun to read,and do bring many tears to the eyes. Have kleenex ready.

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  4. That was an awesome idea. Although, I'm pretty sure you're going to make mom cry remembering that. This is one of your top projects and just in time for our birthday season! Thanks!

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  5. Awe - I love this idea! Come plant your creative seeds at my blog party "Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions" It is usually on Fridays but is open all this week because I'm doing a give away.

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  6. I've seen lots of jar gifts and yours is GORGEOUS! Love the idea too. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  7. absolutely delightful! I love these! I also make these... but usually from different trips and vacations. I hopped over from Making the World Cuter and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and hope that you will do the same. until later...

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  8. That is a great gift idea!!

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  9. What a great idea! I love gifts that have meaning and this one has a lot of meaning!

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  10. Oh thank you for sharing this! My Dad's birthday is coming up soon and I know this will be a great gift to give him. Sometimes our parents get to the point where we don't know what to give them...well you know. I just know this will be a hit! Thank you again! I found and am following your blog because of my friend Trudy Callan.

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  11. I just love this idea - this would really mean a lot to some one! Thanks so much for planting your creative seed at Plant a Punkin Seed Party! Make sure to come back next week and plant more creative seeds!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  12. I just love this idea - this would really mean a lot to some one! Thanks so much for planting your creative seed at Plant a Punkin Seed Party! Make sure to come back next week and plant more creative seeds!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  13. Nice gift jar it looks very adorable I like it so much. Will certainly visit your site more often now. :)

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