How to Create a Baby's First Year Memory Jar
There are so many ways to remember your baby's first year, including: baby books, first year calendars, pictures and videos. These are all great and most of us do at least one of them. Some people are more diligent than others. While some of us start out with the best of intentions, we don't always follow through. One of the main reasons for no follow through is convenience and time. For example; Your baby does something absolutely adorable. You run to get that first year calendar to commemorate it but you can't find the appropriate sticker to symbolize the act or you don't have the right pen, or even worse, you can't find the calendar itself! This is where a Memory Jar comes in. A memory jar accepts any scrap of paper, scribbled note or lock of hair you want to throw in. If you are not at home, you can still make a note and put it in the jar when you get home. How convenient is that to be able to jot down your something special right at the moment and add it to your collection? And think about all the fun you'll have opening them up down the road!
Instructions for Making a Memory Jar
- Start with a clean dry jar.
- Have your precut tissue paper and other things ready to glue on.
- Do a dry run before gluing to make sure everything fits and you like where they are.
- Glue your pictures, baubles and letters/words on.
- Put on a light layer of Mod Podge.* Let it dry for at least 20 minutes.
- Repeat #5 if you want more shine.
- Tie the ribbon around the neck. Add a little glue to hold it in place.
*For the ambitious, you can make your own Mod Podge mixture for a quarter of the price by thoroughly mixing white glue and water in equal parts.
Baby's First Year JarClick thumbnail to view full-size
More Decorating Ideas For Memory Jars
- Glue gun buttons, beads and/or jewels to the jars.
- Glue coins. I use foreign coins that have no value to me and are generally interesting to look at.
- Wrap different colored ribbons around it and glue into place.
- Use fabric paint to write messages and draw pictures.
- Use decal letters and pictures.
- Shop in the scrapbook section for the perfect size designs.
- Buy bags of confetti instead of sequins. They are more substantial and come in fun shapes.
Memory Jars are not just for Babies.
You could easily make a yearly one for your baby. Many adults like to save special things like a ticket stub or a matchbook. Memory jars not only don't have to be about baby's first year, they don't even have to be about memories. They can easily be made to collect hopes, wishes and dreams. They can also be made and filled by the giver.
- Make one for a friend or family member. Fill the jar up with special memories you share with that person as well as wishes you have for them.
- You can make one for your son or daughter when they go away to school and fill it with words of wisdom, emergency numbers, little goodies and cash!
- Fill one up with 365 jokes or anecdotes as a fun gift or inspirational quotes as an uplifting one.
- You can also create a memory jar as a memoriam for someone who has passed away.
The sky is the limit. You can use it to challenge someone or encourage them. You can use it to say "I love you" or you can make a memory jar to share those special moments with a grandparent far away.
More Ideas for Memory Jars
Make these for different occasions. You can use the jar as a "gift box".You can make a memory jar as a Christmas present and add homebaked goods inside. For a child's birthday you can put hair ribbons, costume jewelry, matchbow cars or action heroes. you can even use it to house high ticket items like ipods, new phones, etc. You may want to include some notepaper and a pretty pen.
The Book that Sparked many an Interest in Memory Jars.
Many people reference this story when talking about memory jars.
Things to Include in "Baby's First Year" Jars
Lock of hair.
Thoughts and observations about your baby.
Hopes, dreams and wishes for him/her.
Song titles that hold special meaning.
A digital keychain with significant pictures.
Cards or messages that he/she has received from friends and family.
Fortunes from fortune cookies.
Jot down "words" and sounds your baby is using.
Talk about the funny things he/she does.
Put down anything you want to remember.