The Happy Thoughts Jar

I love creating handmade gifts, thinking and preparing them makes me feel as if I’m assembling something special. Because of this, Β when a birthday or a certain occasion arrives, my room starts to be a craft laboratory!

Christmas is the most challenging period because I have to “produce” many gifts at the same time. This is why I often think about 2/3 ideas and then personalize the item based on the person who will receive it πŸ™‚

Last Christmas one of the small-gifts I created was The Happy Thoughts Jar.


I bought Β cute little glass jars then made the labels and glued them one at the front and one at the back. On the front one I wrote the name and on the back one I wrote a short description about how to use it. As you can see, I used stencils and coloured paper, plus to add some decoration I utilized washi tapes and stickers.


The basic concept of this little present is that during the year, every time the person who receives the jar feels positive or happy, writes in little piece of paper the reason why he/she is amused. Then, after folding it, the paper has to be insert in the jar. At the end of the year, the jar will be emptied and all the notes will be readed.

As you can see it’s a really simple and inexpensive gift but I believe that the idea behind it is really special: not only every time the recipient of the present will use the jar he/she will think about you, but also he/she could be stimulate to find a positive thought or happy part of the day to write about and it’s for sure a nice feeling!

All of my friends seemed to have appreciated it so I was very glad and fulfilled.

I’ll be posting other creations I made but in the meanwhile I hope you like this one! πŸ™‚

This gift could also fit as an awesome little-present for a friend who is not having a good period and need motivation to be positive or distracted πŸ˜‰



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  • Reply Lenah 🎢

    I once did this before for teachers day, I filled with a bunch of candy and shiz like that, gave it to my maths teacher ☺️

    13/05/2016 at 14:30
  • Reply Angie

    I’ve done something like this with my friends before when I moved away. I think it’s really thoughtful and cute. 😊

    13/05/2016 at 14:32
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Yes right?? It’s like giving a little part of you that reminds them you’re always there for them! (despite the distance in this case πŸ˜‰ )

      13/05/2016 at 14:34
      • Reply Angie

        Totally. πŸ™‚

        13/05/2016 at 15:48
  • Reply Sanhita

    This is a great idea!

    13/05/2016 at 15:35
  • Reply Imagalaxygirl

    This is a cute idea! Going to make one for my mums birthday πŸ™‚

    13/05/2016 at 15:52
  • Reply Sundayfluke

    Love this idea – and I also love making handmade gifts, or doing DIY’s! Can’t wait to see more posts like this πŸ™‚

    13/05/2016 at 16:01
  • Reply Idle Emma

    What a lovely idea!

    13/05/2016 at 16:24
  • Reply Megha Agrawal

    That’s such a lovely idea.

    13/05/2016 at 16:25
  • Reply diywithme220

    Nice!!! I should do that!

    13/05/2016 at 16:52
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Thanks! Yeah I strong recommend, it’s not difficult at all and it doesn’t take long time! πŸ™‚

      13/05/2016 at 17:13
  • Reply Olivia Quinn

    Homemade gifts are the best πŸ™‚ This is a neat jar and a great idea to give as a gift!

    13/05/2016 at 17:44
  • Reply lifewithdannielle

    This is such a good idea! I love it!

    13/05/2016 at 19:10
  • Reply Chez Shea

    What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

    13/05/2016 at 23:03
  • Reply Lulu

    What a beautiful idea! A very crafty friend of mine once gave me a similar jar filled with little bits of paper, and on each piece of paper was written an inspiring message or quote. I love your happy thoughts jar idea, too! Thanks for sharing it. I am feeling like a trip to the craft store is in order!

    14/05/2016 at 0:57
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Oh that’s a wonderful idea too!
      Glad you liked it! hahah enjoy your trip then! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„

      14/05/2016 at 9:43
  • Reply AlifyaLifestyle

    Such an adorable idea!! πŸ™‚

    14/05/2016 at 4:01
  • Reply Gameplan Happily Ever After

    Wow. This is such an amazing idea πŸ™‚ And your jar looks so cute πŸ™‚ <3

    14/05/2016 at 6:43
  • Reply batelm2014

    Oh this is brilliant! I love the idea. I think it really helps realize how amazing life really is and helps to remember the little things.

    14/05/2016 at 14:24
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Glad you like it! Yes!! This is exactly the point behind this jar 😊

      14/05/2016 at 14:55
  • Reply sangita

    Bottle of happiness..great idea

    14/05/2016 at 19:53
  • Reply Jessica Adam

    What a wonderful idea! So cute too!

    14/05/2016 at 20:00
  • Reply leonimenday

    Great idea and a good one for mass production, but still personalized πŸ˜‰ x

    15/05/2016 at 20:09
  • Reply madelinejrose

    Aww, such a cute idea! πŸ™‚

    15/05/2016 at 20:51
  • Reply Valerie Nguyen

    I bought a mason ja from the $1 spot at Target awhile ago so I could do the same thing… but I keep forgetting about it hehe. I mean, I guess it’s never too late to start right?! x

    17/05/2016 at 1:45
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Yes exactly! You can start is whenever! Plus, it’s not difficult to do πŸ˜‰

      17/05/2016 at 9:41
  • Reply alicerambles

    This is such a sweet idea! Love your blog and love your posts, can’t wait to see more x

    17/05/2016 at 11:04
  • Reply about her small world

    I love this! I have a small note book where I write down in a few words all the great things that happen in my life, so at the last day of the year, I will read it and smile about all the beautiful moments I’ve had in 2016! I hope I will fill a lot of pages!

    17/05/2016 at 20:04
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Oh that’s a wonderful idea!!It will be so nice reading through all your happiest moments πŸ™‚

      17/05/2016 at 21:18
  • Reply Wendy

    I absolutely love this idea and will definitely be creating some for my granddaughters very soon – I know they’ll love it too xx (obviously I’ll be making a ‘selfie’ gift of one for myself too!)

    18/05/2016 at 15:26
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Oh thank you, so glad you liked it!! Let me know how it turns out then! πŸ˜‰ Happy crafting! πŸ™‚

      18/05/2016 at 15:32
      • Reply Wendy

        I definitely will – pictures to follow – thanks x

        18/05/2016 at 15:40
  • Reply Wendy Hodgson

    Hi hope you don’t mind but I’ve nominated you for The Happiness Tag challenge ☺ Check out my post (sorry couldn’t work out how to add link from my tablet) I look forward to smiling when I read your post! X

    17/06/2016 at 8:17
    • Reply Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh thank you very much Wendy! I’ll check it out for sure! πŸ™‚

      17/06/2016 at 9:59
  • Reply Debbie

    OMG!!!!!!! I completely love this. What a great inspiration for a gift. Bless you!

    17/06/2016 at 23:52
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  • Reply Natalie

    What a great idea! And it’s simple and affordable too πŸ™‚

    02/12/2016 at 14:26
  • Reply Margarette

    I love this post I read yoour blog fairly often and you’re always coming out with some great stuff.
    I hare this on my Facebook and my followers loved it.
    Keep up the good work.

    27/03/2017 at 6:57
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