How to Make a Happiness Jar

Happiness JarHave you ever heard of a happiness jar?  The concept behind it is that you write something that makes you happy on a piece of paper every day and put it into the jar. Whenever you need a pick-me-up, dig into your jar and read your happy thoughts! I initially wrote about happiness jars here.

While you can certainly have a happiness jar with any jar that you have in your home, I thought it would be fun to make one with a DIY colored mason jar. Here’s how I did it:

Happiness Jar

Happiness Jar Supplies:

  • Mason Jar
  • Mod Podge, Gloss Finish
  • Food Coloring
  • Small Bowls or Ramekins to mix colors
  • Newspaper or Paper Towels
  • Wax Paper
  • Cookie Sheet

Step 1: Mix 7-9 drops of the food coloring of your choice with 1 Tablespoon or so of water and 1 Tablespoon of Mod Podge.

Step 2:  Mix everything together in a small bowl or ramekin until smooth and pour it into your mason jar.

Step 3:  Twist the jar slowly to coat the entire inside with the mod podge/food coloring mixture. You’ll want to do this over the sink or have a bowl underneath to catch the excess liquid.

Step 4: Wipe the rim of your jar with a napkin so that there is no Mod Podge on the outside lip.

Step 5: Turn the mason jar upside down on newspaper to let it dry for about 45 minutes.

Step 6:  After 45 minutes, lift the jar from the newspaper, wipe the rims of the mason jar and put it face down onto a cookie sheet with wax paper underneath.

Step 7: Carefully place into pre-heated oven set on warm for about 10 minutes.

Step 8: After the 10 minutes is up, flip the mason jar over and put it back into the oven for another 30 minutes.

Step 9: You’ll know when it’s ready when the glass jar is transparent. If you still see streaks, put it back in the oven for another few minutes.

As you can see with mine, I used some crafts I had around the house to create a tag for the outside that says “happy”.

It was so fun to make these and the happiness jars I made turned out great!

You can see pictures of every step (with a little variation) here.

Will you make a jar of happiness? Let me know in the comments!


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18 thoughts on “How to Make a Happiness Jar

  1. I have to do this! I also love the gratitude journal, which I should pick up again. I was writing down 5 things each day that I was thankful for…another sure way to stay happy! The combination of the happiness jar and the gratitude journal will be amazing. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on luv.what.u.ce and commented:
    The Happsters Blog is a favorite of mine. Always has great little write-ups, and fun ideas….like this one! She has given instructions for making your very own happiness jar….SO clever! 🙂

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