Make a simple Gratitude Jar

November 30, 2013 by  

It is really simple to make a Gratitude Jar. I learned how to make a Gratitude Jar from my friend, Diane Carden. I like to use old or new canning jars for my Gratitude Jars but any kind of jar will work as long as it has a wide mouth. You can recycle one right from your kitchen to make this really easy empowerment tool. These also make great holiday or birthday gifts, too!

Here’s how:

  • Start with a clean wide mouthed jar of any size. I like mine to be fairly large though so I can fill it up!
  • Make a tag (if desired) to label your jar and attach it to the rim with ribbon, baker’s twine (shown in the photos below), pipe cleaners, yarn, string, etc. Be creative! Or, you can use a stick-on label to put on the front of the jar or the top of the lid (if you have a lid). I like to label my tag simply with the word “GRATITUDE”– followed by the year.

Pinwheel Girl Gratitude Jar

  • Make sure you have plenty of small squares of paper to use with your jar. You can use post-it notes, note pads, 3×5 cards, etc. I like to use old scrapbook paper that I have cut into 3×3 squares.

Pinwheelgirl Gratitude Jars

That’s it. You are done making the jar! It’s that easy.

Now what?

Throughout the year use the little squares of paper to write down things that you are grateful for. It can be anything big or small — a promotion, a new house, a new baby, remission from an illness, or something as simple as a the beauty of a colorful sunset, baking cookies with family and being together, quiet time with a book, painting, sewing, or learning a new skill. Anything you are grateful for. Don’t forget fun and memorable experiences like family get-togethers, graduations, weddings, baby showers, and picnics.

The important thing is to take time to acknowledge when there are opportunities in your life to notice, recognize, acknowledge and feel gratitude — and then write them down for your Gratitude Jar collection. This consciousness-raising practice will help you develop a more routinized daily skill set to practice gratitude frequently and with ease.  The more gratitude you acknowledge and feel the more peacefulness, serenity, acceptance, tolerance, and calm you will experience in your daily life.

Pinwheelgirl Gratitude Gift

Try to write down a few things at least once a week or more. Fold up the little squares and place them in your jar.

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Piwnwheel Girl Gratitude Gift Jar

At the end of the year, on New Year’s Eve, empty out your jar and re-read your slips of paper. You’ll have a whole year of gratitude to reflect upon to start off the new year. You can also dip into your Gratitude Jar anytime throughout the year whenever you need a little pick-me-up.

If you are making a Gratitude Jar to give as a gift, fill the jar with colorful squares of paper to get your recipient started.

pinwheelgirl gratitude jars

Enjoy and feel empowered by the good things happening in your life and all around you.

Be grateful.

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