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DIY “Happy/Memory Jar” Gift Tutorial

Since we try to create meaningful connections, we have written posts recently about “happy quotes” which led to the Happy Jar. 

The same premise for this gift can be created for many other occasions, but what I love  about this gift is that it is meaningful.


Writing down memories for those that we care for is a gift that is very special for anyone that receives it. So be creative! Download our labels for 4 occasions.


no one is too old for fairy tales happy quote


Short Happy Quotes


Use these short happy quotes or other inspirational messages for different occasions listed below.  After the tutorial we have more quotes  if you would like a little more happiness!


“Be happy in this moment. This moment is your life.”

Omar Khayyam


“There is only one happiness in this life to love and be loved.”

George Sand


“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”

Richard Bach


“The most simple things can bring the most happiness.”

Izabella Scorupco


“Happiness held is the seed, Happiness shared is the flower.”

John Harrigan



“If you want to fly, give up anything that weighs you down.”



“Happiness can only exist in acceptance.”

George Orwell



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“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

George Washington


“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.”

Joseph Addison


“Happiness depends upon ourselves”



“Happiness is not a goal by a by-product.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


“Independence is Happiness.”

Susan B. Anthony


“Happiness is like a kiss, you must share it to enjoy it.”

Bernard Meltzer


“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.”

Helen Keller


“Happiness is a choice that requires effort sometimes.”



“Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.”

Robert Frost


“Happiness is hard to recall. It is just a glow.”

Frank McCourt

No one is too old for fairy tales

Be happy it drives people crazy!

Look at the stars, and how they shine for you

Let it be

Never regret anything that made you smile

The best is yet to come

Be the reason for someone’s smile

No one looks stupid when they are having fun

Be happy in the moment

Positive mind, positive vibes

Create your own happiness

I just want to spend the rest of my life laughing

It’s a good day to be happy

Take time to make your soul happy

Find  the joy in your journey

Create your own sunshine

Be a light in this world

Happiness is not a destination it’s a way of life

P.S. don’t forget to have a good time

Happy Jar  DIY tutorial


This happy jar gift DIY  tutorial was inspired by this gift that I had found while writing the article “Good morning messages.” I found the gift on Amazon. While I love the idea of the gift, the size was 4”x 6” and I felt that we could come up with a larger size that would be a fabulous happy jar gift.


1. I found these jars around the house, including the large jar I ended up using which was a Yankee Candle Jar. I cleaned out the jar and this size is great. I put the candle in a pan of hot water (on the stove on medium)  until the bottom wax could be poured out. I also filled the candle with very hot water to clean out the rest of the wax.


You can use Ball jars also, just make sure that the mouth is wide enough for all the notes. Many different types of jars will work, just remember that the larger the jar, the more filler will need to be used. 



2. I used a 12” x 12” sheet of colored card stock that I cut into 30 equal squares to write notes on. You can find card stock at your local Michaels or A.C. Moore. The card stock is thicker and makes a nicer note. 

You can also find mini colored notes with envelopes that I have found from Amazon that would be great also. They come 10 to a color. I would use 30 per gift which equals a month of notes.

The note cards can be left blank for the recipient to fill in their own memories,  or you can fill out some memories and leave the rest blank.

If you use the colored envelopes, just use 3 coordinating colors per gift. All the supplies that I used are listed below.


happy jar DIY tutorial




3. I hot glued a coordinating ribbon to the jar top and added a wax seal. You can use a cosmetic jewelry pin or a button, something that you looks nice to cover the cut end of the ribbon.



4. I printed the label with heavyweight matte Epson paper  8″x10″.  I used the high quality printing option, to make the labels look the best. I cut the labels  and used the hot glue gun to attach to the jar.



5. I used colorful Sharpies to write the notes.  Add the filler to the jar and place the notes on top.


This happy jar gift idea is perfect for an Anniversary, Birthday, Sympathy, Wedding or Holidays. While they are all filled with either plain cards, memories or quotes, be creative! You can add a gift card or small gifts or candy to the jar.

Add things that are special to your relationships…


I designed 4 downloadable designs on a sheet for four different occasions.

  • “I love you” Jar
  • “Be inspired” Jar
  • “Be Happy” Jar
  • “Memory” Jar

Click this link to download an 8.5” x 11” sheet of four different labels.


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Ideas for Happy Jar


We have lots of happy quotes to choose from, so you can pick your favorites. Add happy memories that you may have shared with the lucky person that is getting this gift!


Ideas for “I love you” jar for your boyfriend or husband


We have love quotes that you can use for the jar, it may also be fun to use the questions for some evening conversation starters. Maybe you could write special IOU’s on the notes. You know what they would like best, so make them special for just the two of you!


Ideas for “Date night” jar

A perfect way to have “date night” ideas at your fingertips. Just write down ideas for your date night to make your time with your partner extra special. We have an ultimate date ideas guide that will help you with all the ideas for date night that you will need.


Ideas for  Be inspired jar


A great gift that can pick anyone up.  Great gift for co workers or anyone that would appreciate some inspiration. Use some inspiring quotes to make them smile!


Birthday Jar for your girlfriends


This is a great gift for a friend or sister or bridesmaid. Coordinate the colors of the wedding with the jars as a way for you to reminisce with your best friends.


Ideas for Anniversary Jar


I think this is a great idea for an anniversary. Think of what you love about your partner and what you are grateful for, let them know!


Ideas for Memory Jar- Mothers’s Day Memory Jar


I think this is very special for someone that lost a loved one or for any special occasion. You and the recipient can write special memories to cherish and re read when ever they want to bring the memories back.


Great quotes to be used for jar gifts


Use the quotes or questions listed below to fill all or some of the cards that fit your theme.

We have some happy quotes and cute happy quotes that you can use for inspiration.

Good Morning Messages” for someone that you love.

Fun Questions to get to know someone better.

 “Love Quotes” & more “I love you” Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Strong Women Quotes

“Yoga Quotes & Sayings”


Supplies for the “Happy Jar”


These supplies are for the Memory Jar, I love you Jar, Be Inspired Jar, Happy Birthday Jar, Happy Anniversary Jar, Sympathy Jar, Friendship Jar, Bridesmaids Jars, Kindness Jar & Mothers Day Jar.


140 Mini Envelopes with White Blank Note Cards, Colorful Mini Envelopes 14 Assorted Colors 4″x 2.7″-

LaRibbons Solid Color Satin Ribbon Asst. #2-10 Colors 3/8″ X 5 Yard Each Total 50 Yds Per Package

Beistle 1-Pack Tissue Confetti- This is what I used to fill my Happy jar. But you could use Crinkle paper filler also

Colorbok Textured Cardstock Paper Pad 12″ x 12″ Primary Pizazz-this is what I used for my notes. I cut them into 30 pieces per 12″x 12″ for one month of notes per jar.

Ball 24-Ounce Wide Mouth Jars with Lids and Bands 2-Count– I used a 22 oz with a glass lid, you may be able to find at your local craft store.

 Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun with 30pcs Glue Sticks, Removable Anti-hot Cover Glue Gun Kit 

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