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Year of Joyful Memories Jar DIY + Free Printables

New Years Joyful Memory Jar DIY from A Heart Filled Home. Visit aheartfilledhome.com for the free printables!

As the new year is approaching I am starting to think of all of my goals for the new year. The most important goal on my list is to spend more intentional quality time with family and capturing those memories. I also want to find joy in everyday moments and find things to be thankful for, even on difficult days.

While I was brainstorming ways to do this I remembered an idea that a friend shared with me. Her family writes down memories and events that happen throughout the year and saves them in a special place then reads them all as a family on New Years Eve. What a fun way to celebrate your year as a family on New Year’s Eve! I decided to create a Memory Jar to keep our memories throughout the year – with free printable for you!

I’m going to show you how I created this New Year’s Eve Year of Joyful Memories Jar. We will write our memories and special moments on the printable cards and will store them in this Jar throughout the year. Displaying our Jar on the kitchen counter within sight will be a daily reminder to jot down something we would love to remember.

Free Printable Memory Jar - great idea for a New Years Eve tradition!

Here are some memories you could include:

  • Birthday celebrations
  • Vacations
  • School Achievements
  • Funny quotes from the children
  • Family outings
  • Holiday traditions

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Supplies Needed:

Instructions

1. Download your free printable cards and printable label and envelope, print them onto your Cardstock paper and cut them out with your scissors.

2. Adhere your label onto your jar using your tape.

New Years Joyful Memory Jar DIY from A Heart Filled Home. Visit aheartfilledhome.com for the free printables!




3. Fold the white flaps down on the envelope and use your glue stick to add glue to the flaps. Then fold your envelope in the center and press onto the glued flaps to create your envelope. This nifty little envelope will keep your extra cards together.

New Years Joyful Memory Jar DIY from A Heart Filled Home. Visit aheartfilledhome.com for the free printables!

Free Printable Memory Jar - great idea for a New Years Eve tradition!

4. Take your Mason Jar lid and trace a circle onto your craft paper. You will cut this out to be the top of your jar. I cut slightly inside of the traced line to make sure it will fit inside the rim.  Assemble your new paper “lid” underneath the rim and screw it on. I used some paper that I had previously painted.

New Years Joyful Memory Jar DIY from A Heart Filled Home. Visit aheartfilledhome.com for the free printables!

New Years Joyful Memory Jar DIY from A Heart Filled Home. Visit aheartfilledhome.com for the free printables!

You can keep your envelope and cards with a pen nearby so that you can quickly jot down the memory, fold it up and slip it right into the Jar. Keeping the process simple and quick will help me be able to keep up with it throughout the year. Because let’s face it – some projects just keep collecting dust if they are too complicated or time-consuming. This will be something I can actually keep up with! That leads me to the next goal on my list … simplify!

Do you have any goals for the New Year? What kind of ways do you capture your family’s memories?

 



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8 Comments

  • Reply Lynn December 30, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Great idea! I think I need to print them!

    • Reply Leslea January 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Lynn! Excited for you to start the year off with a way to remember some joyful moments!

  • Reply Kat January 2, 2018 at 10:10 am

    This is a beautiful printable! Thank you for sharing! My mother in law had us do a memory jar one year. it actually ended up being the year I got married and I became pregnant with my daughter. So much fun and so special sharing them at the end of the year.

    • Reply Leslea January 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you Kat! I’m glad you like it! Aw that sounds like it was such a special year, so much fun to share the memories and look back at that year!

  • Reply Emily Thrasher January 2, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for sharing this. What a wonderful idea! I wish I had the follow through to do something like this.

    • Reply Leslea January 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you Emily! I appreciate your kind words! It does take some discipline to remember to add them as the year goes by 😉

  • Reply Jena @ Rooms Need Love January 9, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Great idea! This would be a good way to remember things to put in a family yearbook!

    • Reply Leslea January 12, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Thanks Jena! Yes you are right, it would be a great reminder of things to put down in a family yearbook!

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