Mother's Day Memory Jar

Mother's Day is coming quickly ... are you ready?
I always enjoy making things for my mom, mother-in-law and grandmothers
for Mother's Day.
A handmade gift seems to touch the hearts of those that you give it to
and something you make shows them how special they are to you.

My mom is very sentimental
so I decided to make her a jar filled with memories that we have shared together.
I also put poems and verses in the jar.

It was quite fun remembering all of the sweet moments we've had together
and I am thankful to be able to share these special memories with her.

Here is what you will need to make your own memory jar:

glass jar
embellishments for decorating 

You can leave the jar plain or you can color it with food coloring to give it a pretty tint.
If you want to color your jar, you will need:

Mod Podge
food coloring
1 tablespoon water
waxed paper
baking sheet

Follow these 4 steps shown below...

Slowly turn your jar and coat the inside of it.

Once it is completely coated, 
turn it upside down and pour out the remaining liquid into a bowl.
Wipe the rim off with a paper towel.

Set upside down on a newspaper and let dry for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
Line cookie sheet with waxed paper
and bake jar upside down for 10 minutes.
Turn jar right side up and bake for another 20 - 30 minutes.

The end result should look like this...

Pretty soft pink.
I could have added more food coloring for a darker tint - I will know for next time :)

Now onto the rest of the project.

Cut the paper into strips.

On the backside write out memories, poems, etc.

Roll the strip of paper up and tie it with a piece of ribbon.

I added pink rhinestones to the top
and hot glued lace trim around the lid.

And voila! 
You have a jar full of memories.

Something sweet and special for your dear mother.

All that I am or ever hope to be,
I owe to my angel Mother.
~ Abraham Lincoln ~


Gail Dixon said...

What a sweet and thoughtful Mother's Day gift. My mom would've loved something like this.

Delvalina said...

Oh dear sister, thanks for sharing this beautiful idea. It looks beautiful and lovely as always. Your mom will be so delightful of you.

Love you!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a sweet, thoughtful gift for any mother, Stephanie! xo

Kat said...

Great idea I am going to do it! thanks for sharing Stephanie. Hugs

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

What a tear-jerker!! {Or maybe I'm a bit hormonal...} Either way, this is so heart-warming! If my daughter ever gave me something like this, I would be moved to tears. I just love nostalgic things. :) The paper patterns are pretty and the jar is so dainty and feminine. It would look great on her desk, nightstand, window sill....

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

What a lovely idea! Any mother would be thrilled with a gift like this. Thanks for the inspiration! My Mom is in her late 70s, has everything she needs and is very hard to buy for. This is a perfect idea.
Debbie :)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

So sweet Stephanie. Your mom is going ot love it. I miss making homemade things for my sweet mother and Mil. They always showed such appreciation.

Kim Gillian said...

I love this idea, I think my mom would also!

Vicky Hunt said...

So very sweet...:) I know you mom will love it and enjoy reading them many times over the years! Such a pretty gift too!

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Jazzmin said...

This is such a sweet sentiment!! It is beautiful.

Your Mom is blessed to have such a thoughtful daughter as you.
I love this and I think it is such a sweet way to say thankyou to a mother for all her love and wisdom.
The food color tinting is really neat also! I am thinking I will make one of these, or if I can't get to the store soon, make one out of what we already have.

Thankyou for sharing another beautiful creation and idea!

Hugs to you!

Sherri B. said...

Oh Stephanie, you are such a dear daughter to make this for your mother and put all of those loving memories in that pretty jar..I'm sure it will bring your mother great joy (and tears) when she gets this. xo

Judy said...

Great idea.

Debbie said...

What a lovely idea! She is love it.

Linda said...

I think a handmade is priceless Stephanie, and this one is just perfect. Your Mom will love it.

Debbie Harris said...

And love it I do!!!!
Early Mother's Day gift since Stephanie knew I would see the tutorial on her blog. I received this precious, precious, thoughtful gift today and my heart was blessed. I know I am going to love this gift for years to come Stephanie. Thank you!

You do such a wonderful job on your tutorials that even I think it is possible for me to try.

Have I told you lately my dear that I LOVE YOU!

Joy to you!

Everydaythings said...

oh stephanie, what a beautiful idea! memories with mum are so precious! Love that tint on the jar and how you shared how to do it too!

Teri said...

Hi Stephanie...such a sweet idea! This is such a precious gift! Blessings ♥ Teri

JES said...

This is such a wonderful idea! And with a jar, I am quite partial to those :) I have a feeling I will cry many tears as I roll up each memory. Thank you for sharing this. I KNOW my mother will *love* this! Love, JES

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

What a beautiful gift! You are so creative.

Housewife59 said...

These are so, so nice Stephanie. Your step by step pictures are very helpful too. Thank you xx

Susan Shull said...

This is the sweetest idea ever! What a treasure!

Maria said...

Beautiful sweet jar filled with precious memories! What a fab idea for Mother's Day! Thank you for the tutorial, too! Have a wonderful weekend, hugs!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

A very precious keepsake, Stephanie! Your Mom is very lucky to have you for a daughter. I love the tinted jar and the idea of writing down the memories. Thank you for sharing this sweet idea! xx

Kate M said...

What a beautiful idea and such a wonderful thought - were Mum alive she would love one of these! I might suggest that Lexie and I make one for her to look back on in later years.Thanks for sharing this fabulous project. I love the little scrolls!
Take care my dear friend

Lady Linda said...

Sweet Stephanie, this jar idea is just as cute and thoughtful as you! I love the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
Love ya,

donna said...

You clever girl. What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing.

Mindy said...

Such a sweet idea and a gift she can treasure in the days ahead.

Conniecrafter said...

This is a wonderful gift, my daughter did this for me a few years ago and when she was away in college and she asked me to open one a day until they were all read and I looked so forward to every day and to read what meant so much to her growing up

Jessica @ A Humble Creation said...

It's so lovely! What a gracious and thoughtful daughter you are! Thanks for the idea. I may give this a try for my mom and MIL too.

Pamela said...

First of all, I love what you did to the jar. I'm eager to try that. And then, the nostalgia began pulling on my heart. I'm already thinking of memories I will put on my strips.

Jenna said...

Hi Stephanie, Love the jar :-) I like the way you tinted it and it looks so easy to do. What a great
Mothers day gift. I bought a book for my mom for Mothers day and I think memories in a jar would go perfect with it. Thank you for sharing your idea with us. I closed my other blog and opened this new one, I hope you stop by some time....Have a nice weekend! Hugs Jennifer

Buttercup said...

This is fabulous. What a sweet and thoughtful gift. I've got to try this. Wishes for a sunny week!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, this is beautiful, every single detail of it. What a perfect idea for Mother's Day...every day.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you'd like to link this beauty to my current Mother's Day challenge. The only requirements are pink and metal and you have included both here.
Happy Mother's Day.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for linking, lovely Stephanie. I'm sharing your gorgeous jar on Glitter and a Movie's fb page too.
Ah, listening to the music...it is well with my soul too.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm dropping by to visit you from Marcia's blog party, and I loved seeing this. What a creative and very special Mother's Day gift. I enjoyed seeing how you baked the glass, too, and it is so pretty. What a great way to recycle something useful into something very pretty. Thanks for sharing.



Ashley~ said...

Jim and I made these for our moms for Mothers Day. Thanks for the great idea!
Love you~

lynn said...

Just lovely.

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