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Seashells & Glitter : Memory Jar

March 16, 2017
Seashells & Glitter : Memory Jar

It was a cloudy day. The kind of weather between summer and winter. As always there was no plan. We just went on a drive and made Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort our pit stop.

Little Derek looked around in curiosity while Adrian who wasn’t exactly dressed for the beach ran around in search of something. He at first got bored because there was nothing but sand around him. He wanted to wade in the swimming pool. In the hope of distracting him, I asked if he wanted to pick seashells. He didn’t really know what that was, but he beamed positively when he heard of this new game.

He excitedly picked up pebbles and little rocks thinking he had found seashells. And then he understood the difference and we picked a handful of beautiful seashells. They were of different shapes, sizes, and lovely colours. This was a first for us and it is such a joyful memory.

I have always saved seashells from different trips in a little box. I used to put them in a bag marked with the date and the memory. This time though I thought I would do something different. A glittery jar of seashells.

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And that is how this DIY project that I did with Adrian came up. Scroll below for this super easy and pretty keepsake that I now have on my bedside table. Every night as I turn off the lights to another day this glittery jar is the last thing I see and it makes me smile thinking of the little hands that helped me put it together.

Seashells & Glitter: Memory Jar

You will need:
  1. Depending on the number of seashells you have on hand, pick a small to medium sized jar. This could be a mason jar or any other jar that your prefer.
  2. Packets of loose glitter in various colours.
  3. Old newspaper as a work area base. This will make cleaning up easier.
  4. Thin tip marker.

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How to:
  1. Wash and dry your seashells.
  2. Using a thin tip marker, write down the date or a couple of words that remind you of why that particular seashell is special. This is an optional step.
  3. Place the seashells in the jar.
  4. Pick a couple of glitter colours of your choice. Simply layer the jar with the glitter. After each colour is added, give the jar a little shake so that the glitter is distributed evenly. I had wanted to use two shades of blue, gold and silver glitter for my jar. But Adrian wanted every colour in it. So that did not go as planned.
  5. Once you’re done give the jar a final shake.
  6. Voila! You have yourself a very pretty, glittery jar which opens to beautiful seashells from different moments with different people in your life.


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