Friday, November 9, 2012

Nifty Thrifty Friday: Memory Jars

Nifty Thrifty Friday features items that I have either found a thrift stores or items I already owned and have given new life or upcycled.  These items may be as small as a shoe box or as large as a sofa! I hope you will join me on some of my thrifting adventures!

Tyler and I have been lucky to be able to travel to various beaches across the United States and somewhere along the way I started collecting sand from these places.  Tyler thought I was nuts but, I knew one day it would pay off! :) 

Memory jars can contain sand, corks from dates or events, foreign coins, toenails (gross), etc.  and can be displayed on top of kitchen cabinets, on bookshelves, counter tops, and the list goes on!  So gather your supplies!

Here's what you'll need: 

  • Mason jars, hurricanes, glass vases, etc. 
  • Collectible objects, sand, etc. 
  • Shishkabob sticks, dowel rods, or craft sticks
  • Decorative paper, scrap paper, cardstock etc.
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Scissors
Here's what you'll do: 

  •  First fill up your jar with your special item(s). 

  • Next, we are going to make cute little display signs for the jars.  Using your scissors, cut out the shape you want for your sign. I used three layers of paper.  You don't have to be fancy, one layer works too! Card stock is good because it isn't flimsy- if you don't have card stock you can also back your paper with cardboard. 

  • Next, write the name of the items in the jar on your decorative sign and tape the stick or rod to the back.  I used packing tape because it's nice and strong.  I also cut down the length of mine so that it wouldn't be too tall. 

  • Now, stick 'er down into your jar and ta-da! You're done! 

I have mine displayed on top of my kitchen cabinets. I am hoping to continue to add to my collection!  I used the hurricanes from Tyler and I's wedding so this project was FREE!  Nifty thrifty, eh?


  1. Cute...but the only thing I don't get is the "toenail" thing..what?

    1. Some people collect weird stuff! It was just an example of how there aren't limitations on what you can put in a memory jar!

  2. Love this! Now i wish i went more places so i could do this :) Very nice!