Make a Memory Jar {Fathers Day}

We made a Fathers Day Memory Jar {aka “snow globe”} to celebrate a year of wonderful adventures and experiences with Dad-dy! Very simple and you have plenty of time before Father’s Day to make this project happen for the Dad in your life!

You need:

  • a jar (mason jar, recycled pickle jar, olive jar, many jars will do)
  • glitter
  • glycerin
  • 2×3 photos (2 each)
  • business card sized laminating pouches
  • a laminator (or take your images to a local print shop to laminate)
  • a sealer for the jar (can simply be glue)


1. Fill jar nearly with distilled water, add a pinch of glitter & glycerin, which helps glitter float.

KidsActivitiesBlogFathersDay 2. Shake up the jar to test the results.


3. Print 2×3 images of some of your favorite photos throughout the past year.


4. Use 2 2×3 photos back to back & tuck them inside a business card sized pouch & laminate.


5. Add images to the glitter, glycerin, water mix. We added images together, taking time to look at and reflect upon each photo before dropping them into the jar. Then we shook the jar and placed it down to watch the memories float around the jar.

FathersDayMemoryJar{This part was my favorite! Can you tell?}

6. I sealed the jar tightly with glue. There wasn’t much water seeping out but enough if we placed it upside down, I’d be worried of an impending flood.

Thanks for stopping by! What are you father’s day plans? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear them!

Happy Fathers Day!


The Quirky Mommas have these other ideas for keepsake projects that make great gifts:


  1. Wonderful idea- so simple and beautiful!

  2. This is so cute. My kids would love looking at it as much as Daddy 🙂

  3. This is a really sweet idea and so simple to put together. It would make a great gift for grandparents too.

  4. Thank you, Katey! It was a lot of fun!

  5. Yes! My mom would love, love, love it! 🙂

  6. Thanks, Kim! I can’t wait to give it to him tomorrow! I hope he didn’t see this post! 🙂

  7. This is a cool idea. I think I might use this with my kids in school. It would make a great way for each child to share a photo of themselves then during class I can shake it up and who ever shows up on top gets called on to answer. They will love it, and much better than my typical Popsicle sticks.

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  9. Amy Smith says:

    Nice! Now I know what to give to my father…thanks!!

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