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Jar crafts: Gratitude jars for your top New Year's resolutions, ideas and wishes

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Intro: Gratitude jars are fun and easy jar crafts. Almost everyone has heard of gratitude or thankfulness journals; this craft project replaces that in a fun way. Use it to store your top New Year's resolutions, ideas and wishes. And at the end of the year, you'll open it up and read all that you have to be thankful for.

How Gratitude Jars Can Take the Place of Your Thankfulness Journal

While some people swear by their gratitude journals, writing in them faithfully everyday, not everyone has the time nor the patience to enter something in their thankfulness diary on a regular basis. This is where this Mason jar craft comes in.

Here's How You Make Gratitude Jars Plus Some Ideas for Filling Them

In principle, it's a simple project. You just need a jar, some things to decorate the jar craft with and some items to go into it. That's it!

You'll Need:

  • Jars with lids -- this is a great Mason jar craft, but any jar will do
  • Paper -- You can use plain paper, but stationary paper makes the gratitude jar craft prettier
  • Ribbons
  • Rubber Cement
  • Scissors
  • Things to decorate your craft jar project with -- this can be sequins, buttons, beads, stickers
  • Pens -- glitter pens are fun for this

Steps for Decorating the Gratitude Jars -- They're Pretty Simple Mason Jar Crafts:

  1. Decorate the jar to your liking. If you're not sure about what to put on the jar to make it look fancier, check out some examples that I found on Flicker. These gratitude jars come in all kinds of sizes and shapes and are both simple and elaborate. Glue your decorations and your label onto the jar.
  2. Write out your top New Year's resolutions, your wishes for the year, the good things that have happened to you, memories you'd like to keep, etc. The resolutions you'll put into the jar at the beginning of the year, but the rest of the contents you'll add as the year progresses. For example, if you got a job promotion or had a baby, these would be examples of happy events that would go into the jar.
  3. Read all the things you put into your gratitude jar during the year on Dec. 31, 2014. You'll see which of your top New Year's resolutions came to pass, remember the good things and learn what you need to add to your Mason Jar craft for 2015. (It's funny to think that far ahead, isn't it?)

You can make your gratitude jar as simple or fancy as you'd like.

If you are still in love with the idea of making a thankfulness journal instead, you'll find gratitude journals on Amazon or at your local scrapbooking or book stores. For more ideas for a gratitude journal, watch the video at the top of the screen. It shows you how you can use a gratitude journal to help your kids.

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