DIY Projects: Celebrate the New Year

Here’s a Do-it-Yourself Project that anyone can make. I promise.

Jar with paper and pen
All you need is an empty jar, some paper and an ink pen or pencil. Easy peasy!

You can use any kind of a jar (wide mouth preferred) an old canning jar, an empty pickle jar, or even a pretty flower vase that isn’t currently being used.

Most of us think about making New Year Resolutions this time of year. We’re already thinking about the coming year with its challenges, and our expectations.

But why not spend a few moments on New Year’s Eve in a celebration of remembrance, for all that was good in the past year?

Here are the three easy steps:

Pieces of paperCut up some strips of paper – just big enough to write short notes on. I like to add in some colored paper just for fun. You can be as creative as you like with this part.

Jar with slips of paper & penSet up your jar, keeping the strips of paper handy, along with something to write with. Whenever something good happens in your life, simply take a moment to write it down on a slip of paper and drop it into the jar. It won’t take long to make this a habit if you have the jar sitting where you see it everyday.

At the end of the year, (this makes a nice New Year’s Eve ceremony) empty the jar and read aloud all the wonderful things that happened the past year. You’ll be surprised at how many there were, and how many happy memories you’d already forgotten about.

Then get your empty jar ready to receive more good news for the new year. What a great way to remember the past and get inspired for the coming year.

Besides just us adults, I think this would be a wonderful celebration for families with children as well. It’s an easy way to start teaching your young children how to be grateful and conscious of all the good they have received in their lives.

What celebrations do you incorporate into your New Year’s festivities?



  1. Chad Lauffer

    Indy, you’re an inspiration. We’ve been blessed with so
    much in our lives. We should always remember that. Great idea.

    • indy

      Thanks, Chad – I’m so glad you like the idea! I like the fact that it makes us stop for a moment and accept the good we are receiving by the simple act of writing out the little note. Then at the end of the year we have the opportunity to experience it again and be grateful – and open our hearts to more good things for the new year.

  2. Mike Sirota

    Well, you know what our New Year’s celebration is like. It’s a KISS kind of thing. Happy New Year!

    • indy

      Ha Ha – Love it! Happy New Year to you too!

      • Ruth Shepler

        great idea…feel very blessed most days, but have never thought of storing the great ones for year’s end. Thanks.

        • indy

          Glad you like the idea, Ruth. And thanks for taking the time to comment. Here’s to a great New Year!



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