Sooo I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and got to spend lots of time with their families and loved ones. My Christmas went by way too fast but it was nice to spend it at my parent’s house. After receiving many useful items for my apartment like two baking pans, towels but also socks and some soul food aka lots of chocolate I also received one special gift which I thought was a very sweet idea and that I would like to share with you guys.

My mom gave me this happiness jar that she made herself.

But what is a happiness jar?

I’m supposed to put things in this happiness jar that have made me happy throughout 2018 so that at the end of the year I can take out all the little snippets, tickets or whatever I put in there to remind myself what has made me happy during that entire year.

I thought it’s a really cute idea. I also think it’s a great way to remind myself of how grateful I should be for experiencing all these things 2018 has in store for me. That’s why I have decided to make a happiness jar as well and I’ll either keep it or I’ll give it away as a gift because I think it’s just so cute 🙂

If you do want to make a happiness jar as well, feel free to follow my easy, super short step to step guide!

It’s really easy, I had lots of fun and most importantly it is very cheap ( it only cost me 6 bucks!)  and you can create this literally in just 10 minutes.

What you will need

  • A mason jar or even an old glass jar from the supermarket works just fine. Something with a lid on like I have works great. I recommend a big jar, rather than a small jar.
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardboard patterns of your choice ( I recommend cardboard rather than regular printer paper since it’s thicker)
  • Stickers of your choice
  • Charmes of your choice

Additional but not necessary

  • A hot glue gun (for the charms)


A good mood, and a great playlist. I, for example, have listened to 5 Seconds of Summer and I’m not ashamed 😀

But leeets go

The store I have bought my items at is called “Action“. It’s a dutch non-food-discounter which seriously has many different useful items. From decoration to household items, to gardening, or even products for your pets and many other things. All things at low prices as well. Also, the items are modern, don’t look cheap, are of great quality and are always up-to-date. I love this store and if I could, I would leave all my money there!

As far as I know, the store I went to is only available in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Austria. And no this is not a sponsored post. I just really love this store so much!

Unfortunately, they don’t do shipping and you have to be fortunate enough that a store is located close by to where you live. But since they keep expanding (at the moment they have over 1,000 stores all over Europe) chances are, that they will find it’s way to you, too.

If you don’t want to wait for so long you could also, of course, try amazon, hobby lobby and so on.

Let’s get some action going on! HA, pun intended. Yeah, I’m weird like that. *coughs* Okay, let’s go on.

Jar with bamboo lid

  • 13 cm high and has a diameter of 11 cm
  • Costs:  € 1,99

Cardboard paper of your choice

  • Lengths: 32,5 cm, heights 11 cm
  • Costs: € 1,79


  • Costs: € 0,79

3D Sticker

  • Costs: € 0,94

“Blessed” Sticker

  • This sticker came with other stickers. About 40 to be exact.
  • Costs: € 0,49

Total Costs:

  • € 6

Things I already had:

  • Other stickers, hot glue gun, glue, a pair of scissors

Step to Step Guide For Your Own Happiness Jar

Step 1

Choose a cardboard pattern of your choice.

This was a tough one for me because I had so many different beautiful patterns *.*


Also, pick items of your choice. I spread them out to visualize how my happiness jar could possibly look like and if I’m happy with the outlook. These are the things I wanted to use but it turned out I didn’t use all of the items.

Step 2

See if the cardboard paper has the right size.

I, for example, had to cut mine smaller but I didn’t realize that till after I tried putting the lid on. At first, I thought it’s short enough if the cardboard paper is as high as the jar. But I forgot that I also had a lid, soo I had to cut it somewhat shorter again. Which I don’t show in the pictures. And since I didn’t use a ruler because I was too lazy, make sure to cut the paper in a straight line.

Step 3

Take the cardboard paper and place all of your items on the cardboard paper. That way it gives you the opportunity to re-arrange things to your liking.

Step 4

Once you have decided, glue everything on.

Be careful with the type of glue you use. If you use liquid glue like I have, only use a little bit. Otherwise, it ruins the paper. If you want to prevent that you can just use a glue stick instead.


If you want to leave the lid as it is then you can skip the additional step.

But if you do want to glue something on top of the lid I and if you have a bamboo lid like I have, I recommend using a hot glue gun. I decided to glue some charms on. Which also works best when using a hot glue gun. But note that the gun gets very hot. So be very careful when using it!

And that’s already it!! 4 steps on how to create your own happiness jar!!

I am very happy with the outcome of mine. I like it so much that I actually want to create another one. Of course, you can also use it for other purposes. You can use it as a stationary for your pen, pencils, brushes. Whatever comes to your mind.

Now it’s your turn!

If you decide to make one too I would LOVE to see and read about it in my comment section below or on my Instagram (herprettybravesoul) and just tag me in your pictures. I can’t wait to see your results!! *.*

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