Remember Your Summer with a Mason Jar Time Capsule

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Summer memories jar

Summer’s over, but before we move on to everything autumn, why not preserve those summer memories in a mason jar! It could be one jar for the whole family or each family member could assemble their own jar. They will be like a small time capsule of the fun that you shared together.

Summer memories jar trinkets

Things you’ll need:

  • Mason Jar
  • Baker’s twine
  • Photos
  • Trinkets & Mementos
  • Printer (for the free printables below)
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons

Start by reminiscing about all of the fun things you did over the summer. Look through the photos on your phone and on your camera. Print some of your favorite pictures. Did you take any family vacations? Gather a few of the trinkets and mementos you brought home. It could be anything from rocks and shells to keychains and brochures.

Summer memories coloring sheet

One way to preserve your summer memories is to write them down. I had my son fill out a summer memories sheet with boxes for each of the following:

  • favorite park
  • favorite food
  • favorite event
  • favorite sleepover
  • favorite playmate
  • favorite swimming spot

He decided to fill the boxes with words, but they could also be filled with drawings, magazine clippings or photos. You can download the free printable here:

Summer 2014 Memories

Summer Memories (blank)

Inside the summer memories jar

Place everything into the mason jar so that you can still see most of the items through the glass. That way, when the jar is sitting on a shelf, everyone can see what’s inside.

Attach baker's twine

Add a tag that identifies the year and what’s inside the mason jar. If you are making jars for each family member, be sure to put each person’s name on their tag. Wrap baker’s twine around the jar and tie the tag in place. You can download the free printable chalkboard tag here:

2014 Summer Memories Tag

Chalkboard Tag (blank)

Summer memories mason jar

Make this a new tradition, so that you can look back, year-after-year, at all of the fun summer memories your family has shared together.

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