Our Happiness Jar for 2013

I have a friend who recently created a “Happiness Jar” and I immediately etched the idea into my mind.  I knew it had to be a part of our 2013 year – what a better way to be motivated and happy on a daily basis?!  Whenever something good happens, we will each have the chance to jot it down and place it in our jar for unveiling on 1/1/2014.  I know there will be many big things, but we’ll write down the little things as well.  I know half of the stuff we write down will be forgotten a few days later, so the unveiling will be such a great walk down memory lane of our 2013 year.

When we’re done reviewing all of the amazing things that happened in 2013, we’ll paste these memories into a scrapbook or a really cool collage to be framed.  I know it’ll keep us optimistic and grounded in a year that is sure to send us many changes.  I chose the puzzle piece punch that I had because I thought it would make a really cool collage in the end.  I can’t wait to see all of the good things that come up for us this year!!

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Here’s how I made our Happiness Jar.

You will need…

  • One Jar
  • At least one willing participant
  • Many Small Pieces of Cardstock (I used a puzzle punch with multi-colored cardstock)
  • One Pretty Pen
  • Willingness to be Happy
  • Motivation to Write It Down
  • An unveiling date for 1/1/2014

The first thing I did was collect all of my ingredients.

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Next, I punched a few puzzle pieces out to prepare for my first few happy memories!

Marriage & Family | www.kateandtrudy.com - The Happiness Jar

Then, I started painting the lid of the jar I purchased.  I used acrylic paint that I had for canvas painting and it actually took quite a bit of time to dry on the metal.  I think I was supposed to use a primer?!

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What’s happiness without a little glitter?!  I used clear white glitter just to give it that extra sparkle.  It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it looks a little like snow in person.

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I also had some glitter paint so I used it to add some additional decoration to the lid.

Marriage & Family | www.kateandtrudy.com - The Happiness Jar

Marriage & Family | www.kateandtrudy.com - The Happiness Jar

The last piece of decorating the lid came with 4 glue dots placed at quarters around the edge of the lid and a gold ribbon affixed around.  I didn’t do a great job painting the rim, so I wanted something pretty to cover it.  I love the look of the gold ribbon and the glue dots are amazing…my first time using them and it definitely won’t be the last!

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My completed jar – yay!

Marriage & Family | www.kateandtrudy.com - The Happiness Jar

Next up, write down memories to date.  I created this jar a few days into January, so I already had a good list going to transfer over to the puzzle pieces.  How cute are these?!

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The one thing I haven’t done is create a little bag to hang on the side of the jar with blank pieces.  I’d like to sew something myself so in the meantime, the pieces are in an envelope in my desk.  I’ll post an update if / when I create the little drawstring bag for the jar.  I think it would be really cute, I just have to find the right fabric and boot up my sewing machine again.

Post a picture of your happiness jar tagged #kateandtrudy on Instagram if you make one of your own!!  I can’t wait to see and hear all about the good memories being created as a result of writing them all down.

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