How to Make Memory Jars

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A memory jar is just a way of letting family and friends know that you cherish moments in time that were special to you. After all, we can't really capture a memory in a jar, although we can hang on to trinkets that remind us of the event. A real memory is made up of so much more that material items. It's the feeling, the sights and sounds of a special moment that make up the memory, and concrete things sometimes distract from the true magic that makes up a cherished memory. Use a memory jar to commemorate moments in time that can't be remembered or reflected any other way. It's a great way to keep your fondest memories alive, or share them with friends.

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Things you need

  • Small glass bottles
  • Corks or ways to seal the bottles
  • Thin ribbon or gold string
  • Brown paper
  • Glue stick
  • Black pen or marker
  • Small bag or satchel (optional for gift)

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    Gather all your materials and begin to think about a cherished memory. It may be the moment your beloved proposed or ask you out on your first date, the first time you saw a bald eagle, or a quiet moment with a newborn son or daughter. If you are making a gift item, think about important moments between you and the gift recipient.

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    Take the brown paper and cut a very small slip of paper that you can write a few words on. Choose a few words that reflect that memory, and trim the paper away to make a type of label.

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    Seal your empty glass bottle with the cork or cap.

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    Using the gold string or ribbon, tie a bow around the top of the bottle.

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    Attach the "label" to the end of the string. Now you have "captured that moment in the bottle."

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    If you are making these for yourself, make up a few of them and display together for visitors to share and look at.
    As a gift, make up a few and include a few blank labels and bottles so your friend can add to their collection. Put gift bottles in a small bag for a nice presentation.

Tips and warnings

  • Get your small bottles from science surplus stores or craft supply stores.
  • Make your memory jar gift to a friend keep on giving. Give them a jar for each special event you share to keep their collection growing.
  • Don't open the jars once they have been closed or your memories might escape!

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