Here’s another great jar gift/project idea, but with a twist.
This simple to make project doesn’t come filled with sweets and other goodies. It’s up to you or whomever you give it to fill it with 'good things.' Start with an empty jar. You can decorate it – or don’t! Just be sure that you fill it with all the joyful things that happen to you throughout the year. Then at the end of the year, shake it out and see all the amazing things the year brought you!
For this project, I added a kraft label printed from my computer with the definition of “happy” and bought some nice colourful mini paper (Paper Umbrella in Regina) that makes me happy! This is a fun, easy, inexpensive gift or project for the your family, co-workers, friends!
Make it happen: If you want a low-key, fun event to have with your family and/or friends on New Year's Eve, purchase a large mason jar. Get a label together, some glitter, some ribbon and GET CREATIVE! Make it yours! Make it your family's! Let every family member make their own! Buy a dozen jars and have a 'memories to last a lifetime' party! I smell a potluck event!
Make a new year's resolution to fill it with the many things that happen throughout the year. When next New Year's Eve rolls around, you can sit down together with snacks and drinks and take turns sharing the items from the jar.
Keep the jar and label it with the year, and then make a new one, or scrapbook all of the items in the jar in a special book labelled '2013.' Purchase some nice glitter or gel pens, personalize a jar for someone you know and start it off with a personalized note from you - that they can't open until next year!
Some ideas for things to put inside your jar:
- Invitations to events, parties and birthdays you went to
- A photo from an event you went to (or that crazy roller coaster ride you went on!)
- Your favorite recipe every month
- Major accomplishments - and smaller ones too!
- Wine corks from a special event - make sure they are dry!
- Movie and event tickets
- Short write-ups about things that happen: when and where a tooth was lost, a mark on a tough exam, the winning score from your best curling game ever
- Magazine, newspaper or web articles
- And whatever you can think of!
What would you put inside your 'happy jar?'