We’re in that funny-feeling stage of summer that still feels VERY much like summer, but we can feel the end is soon. This is one summer that I would’ve liked to be endless. We’re in a groove, things are good, can’t we have another month??
We don’t live especially near a beach, so getting to one is a big deal to us and a favorite part of summer (when we can make it happen). Beach vacations are some of the memories we want to carry with us, so it deserves a memento.
INSIDE THE JAR
For my son’s jar, I combined items collected from our last beach trip with the trip we took this summer.
Old stuff: the little yellow shovel he used to play in the sand and the soft white Destin sand.
New stuff: lots and lots of shells, most recently hosting a little crab (we found a lot of little crabs to prove it).
PREPARING THE JAR
My kids and I painted blue-dyed school glue onto glass jars and baked them in the oven until the glue looked like part of the glass (about 15 minutes @ 200 F).
Maybe keeping these jars near will help us hold onto summer a little longer. Maybe when winter comes, the kids can hold the jars, even shake them a little, and remember happy things. That’s my hope. It’s definitely worth a try.
Did you get to the beach this year? Did you bring back any treasures?
From my home to yours,
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I love this idea! I never new you could do this with glue and paint! I will make a Tennessee memory jar for my mom for Christmas! She doesn’t travel anymore. She loved it here. Glad y’all made it to the beach!
This version of jars you can’t use as a vase with the constant water, but it works perfectly for memory jars that will just be dusted. 🙂