Homemade Memory Jar Tutorial

Posted at 10:00 PM on Dec 12, 2013 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Dec 12th, 2013

Here is a great idea on how to make your own homemade Memory Jar!  This is a very simple way to preserve those special pictures!!

I love taking pictures. Anyone who visits my house will realize that. I’ve got pictures of friends, family, pets and landscapes in just about every room in our home. And while most of them are in good ol’ fashioned frames, some of my favorites are presented in non-traditional ways. That includes refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs, and today’s Crafty Christmas Gift – the picture in a jar.

This gift is a cinch to make – mine took about 20 minutes start-to-finish. Of course, that’s not counting the hour it took me to comb through my photo library in search of the “perfect” picture to feature in the jar. Best of luck with that part!

The supplies you’ll need for this craft include a jar (I used a hinged top jar because I love them, but feel free to use a mason jar), five or six cotton balls, about two feet of ribbon, and a photo.

Memory Jar

After pulling apart and shredding up five or six cotton balls (a great way to relieve some holiday stress!), you’re ready to build your memory jar. Trim your photo to fit snugly inside the jar and stand upright on its own. After placing the photo in the jar, surround it with the cotton ball “snow” and close the lid. You’re almost done!

Memory Jar

The last step in creating your memory jar is to tie a ribbon around the top. You can take your pick of colors for the ribbon, but I chose mine because it complimented some of the colors in the photo. And there you have it! This is one of those gifts that I really want to keep for myself, but I know whoever I give it to is going to love it.

Memory Jar

For more Homemade Christmas gifts – check out the rest of my Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas.


  • Julianna says...
    Posted at 12:16 pm by I am THAT Lady: Julianna
    Dec 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    This would be really cute with a beach picture, some sea shells and sand. Or with a picture of a fish and some glass marbles – it’d be a mini “aquarium”. Or with a wedding pic and some dried flower petals and ribbons. My mom has an herb garden and a green bean tunnel that she and my daughter worked on together all summer, so maybe a pic of the two of them working and fill it with some of the seeds we dried. So many many things that you can do with this!

  • Loretta says...
    Posted at 6:10 pm by I am THAT Lady: Loretta
    Mar 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Adorable! Such a clever and unique way to display photos.

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