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Personalized Thanksgiving Memory Jar

Holding on the memories as they happen is a great way to capture the spirit of the celebration and keep guest entertained during the day. My family started building a Thanksgiving memory jar a few years ago and it continues to be the highlight of the day, both at the beginning when guests dip into the jar to remember celebrations past, and at the end of the day to recap the celebration.

The purpose is to ask guests to capture moments, quotes or dishes that celebrate the spirit of the day and the feeling of gratitude, and then pulling them out and sharing them with the group.

Creating a memory jar can be as simple as using a mason jar and a few sheets of paper or creating something that will have a lasting impression like this glass block jar with vinyl lettering.

The glass jar is so simple to make and takes seconds to create, making it one of the most simple memory keepers in the series. I opted for pale lettering in a cursive font, to go with my décor, but any variety of letting would work to capture the same effect.

You can use this DIY idea to personalize any glass jar or container – use it in your décor or send home as a party favor! If you decide to use this tutorial to personalize your mason jars for party favors, be sure to get inspired with our edible in-a-jar gift ideas or creative (non-edible) mason jar gift ideas, too!



  • 1 Glass hallow block
  • Vinyl Lettering
  • Paper and pen for writing the notes

Step 1: Wash and dry your glass block to ensure that the surface is dry and clean.



Step 2: Apply the vinyl lettering by placing it sticky side down and using a flat surface to secure it to the glass.

Step 3: Have pens and paper on hand and ask guest to insert their memory into the jar.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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