DIY Gratitude Jar

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Today, I’m showing you an easy DIY project that takes less than 15 minutes to make.

As I mentioned in this post, I decided to be more intentional this year about practising an attitude of gratitude. So I started writing down 5 things I am grateful for at the end of each day and placing it in my gratitude jar.

I recently decided to spruce the jar up a bit with some spray paint, ribbon and rub-on words.

Here’s how I did it.

DIY gratitude jar

DIY Gratitude Jar

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Materials used:

Glass Jar
Gold Spray paint
Painter’s tape
Rub-on words

materials for gratitude jar


First, I taped off the section of the jar that I wanted to paint and created a small triangle.

I then covered the rest of the jar with foil to prevent spillage. Next, I sprayed the jar using a left to right motion; one spray was enough to provide the coverage needed.

The tape should be removed before the paint dries to avoid peeling.  Depending on the brand of paint, it should only take a couple of minutes.

gratitude jay DIY process

I then centred the rub-on word above the tip of the triangle and rubbed it in to ensure that it adhered to the jar. There was a little mishap with the E but I think it adds character. lol

Lastly, I just tried some ribbon around the top.

See, told you it was quick and easy.

DIY gratitude jar

I like the idea of not seeing what was written before so when I go through them in December I know re-reading what I’ve written will bring a fresh smile to my face.

I think it would make a great project for a kid as well to get them in the practice of reflecting on and expressing things they are grateful for.

How do you practice gratitude? Do you have a gratitude journal? Let me know in the comments.



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  1. This is a brilliant idea and beautifully crafted. It’s so easy to get bogged down sometimes that we forget to be mindful and thankful for the things that we do have.

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