My son loves collecting little keepsakes and treasures. Sometimes we go on leisurely treasure hunt walks through our neighborhood, hand in hand, to see what we can find. We pick up pine cones, bottle caps, pretty rocks and leaves. I love going on treasure hunt walks with him. He also enjoys finding or buying little keepsakes on our beach trips.
Sadly some of those little treasures get stuffed in a drawer or lost in the hustle and bustle of life. We try to remember to put things like shells in the apothecary jars in our front entry or the lantern on our front porch, but I really like the idea of letting him fill his own jars as a creative project.
Why let those little moments be forgotten so quickly?
We still have a few weeks left before school starts, so to fill up some of these last days of summer I am going to let him be creative with jars.
I saw these keepsake jars over at Martha Stewart and thought they were a fun way to capture those summer vacation memories. Aren’t they cute? Martha suggests using bendable wire to ease trinkets into the jar if the mouth is a little narrow. I would think you could even use wire to help mementos stand up or “float” within the jar.
These jars would also make sweet gifts or mementos for:
- an anniversary (fill with keepsakes from dating or the wedding)
- first year of baby’s life (put their first booties, hair clips, hats, hospital bracelets, hospital snap shots, pacifier)
- a year in review (tiny mementos from the past year)
- a gift for grandparents or for any other loved one or occasion in life
- you could even make one as a teacher’s gift!
What other ideas do you have for using jars to hold keepsakes?
Look at these lovely aqua mason jars you could collect for memory jars!
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inspiration: Martha Stewart