Make Your Own Memory Jar

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Do you have some special momentos lying in a box somewhere unseen and unremembered? Maybe some souvenirs of an unforgettable vacation or possibly pictures and keepsakes from your school days? Why not create some memory jars to display so you can remember all those meaningful times in your life.

I made a memory jar to celebrate the birth of my son and whenever I look at it displayed on a shelf in his room it reminds me how little he used to be and how grateful we are to have him in our lives.

Memory Jar

My baby Oli was in the NICU for 9 days after his birth and while he was there I collected so many things that I knew I would want to keep to remember what happened at his birth. I wanted to keep his going home outfit, a preemie diaper, our medical bands, plus all the other things you collect when having a baby. I thought a jar would be perfect, kind of a 360 degree display.

How to make a memory jar.

All you need to do is get a big glass jar with a lid, I got mine at Walmart for $7.00. Then fill it up with what is meaningful to you. 

How cute would it be to have a whole shelf of these jars filled with sand and seashells, postcards, and ticket stubs from fun vacations. 

It could be a way to remember a lost loved one or your graduation day.  Really it can be anything!!

If you end up making one I hope you come back and share what you did!


Jessica About Jessica


  1. What a neat way to keep special things!

  2. This is such a fun idea. They grow up so fast it is fun to have something to remember how little they were.

  3. Such a cute idea!

  4. Aw! What a sweet idea. I have memory boxes for each of my children, but this is a great alternative so you can see your memories.

  5. Your baby is ABSOLUTELY adorable and so is hubby even with his Hawaiian shirt. The memory jar is a perfect idea.

  6. This is such a creative (and cute) idea! Definitely pinning for later! Thanks so much for sharing this with us 🙂

  7. This is such a cute idea!!! love all the emotions and memories this will bring each time we see it!!! so cute!

  8. Avatar jamie sanders says

    This is such a great idea!

  9. Such a great idea for remembering things. It’s easy to take things for granted or even forget.

  10. I love the idea of making a memory jar! What a personalized keepsake!

  11. This is so sweet! I made a first days memory shadow box to house my kids first outfits, birth announcements and monogram later. I also keep a small bin for each one where I place special outfits and other keepsakes I want to keep.


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