The Happy Bucket & How To Make One

At the end of each year, I think all of us suffer a bit from nostalgia, and mostly it drives us crazy when we can’t remember exactly how some of our best moments happened. Our lives are memories, stuffed tightly in our head to only show themselves when they feel the need. But, what if on the days you can barely breathe you’re so upset or the days when you just want to remember something special you could just recall those memories by the simple motion of taking them out of a jar?


I introduce to you The Happy Bucket! I have seen these around tumblr and pinterest and have been waiting for the New Year to make my own. For those who don’t know, The Happy Bucket is just a canister of your preference that you use to deposit happy memories you have quickly scribbled on a piece of paper. Then, at the end of the year, or when you’re having a bad day, you can open The Happy Bucket up and select a memory at random. However, it doesn’t just have to be memories. You could fill it with wishes, dreams, or even goals and at the end of the year see which one came true! I personally will be making my own Happy Bucket this weekend and it would be so fun to do together. Here’s my simple How-to!


  • A canister of any type, but I do suggest a mason jar with a sealable lid.
  • Paint pens (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Sprayable glue (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Inspirational or motivational quote (optional)
  • And any other things you would like to decorate your jar with! (also optional, plain jars are a-okay too)

Step One: After purchasing your wanted supplies, decorate it however you like. For one like the picture above, take glue that is sprayable and spray a thin layer inside the, in this case, mason jar.

Step Two (Option One): Next, cut out your inspirational or motivational quote and position it wherever you like inside the mason jar where you’ve just sprayed glue. It’s important that you do this with the lettering facing the outside of the jar so it’s visible to you. Also, make sure to do this before using glitter. Glitter will distort the lettering and will also give your quote a hard time sticking to the jar.

Step Three: Take your glitter of any kind and color and gently tap some into the bottom of the jar. Then, seal your jar and shake it until you have the preferred amount of glitter covering the walls of your jar. To put back excess glitter, simply take a piece of paper, make a funnel, and poor it back into the container it had originally been in. It might also be a good idea to take your jar outside, hold it upside down and gently tap the bottom.

Step Four (Option Two): Let’s say you would rather use paint pens to perhaps write something like the word “Memories” or “Dreams” on the outside. All you have to do is skip Step Two and go ahead and glitter the inside of your jar. Then, take paint pens and write on the outside whatever you would like!

Step Five: Give your jar over night to dry, especially if you use paint pens. Be sure that if you use paint pens to lay your jar on its back, putting the words upwards, to dry. This way, the paint won’t try to droop down. After your jar is fully dried you’re done! Feel free to tear off a piece of paper, jot down your first happy memory for 2014 and stuff it in the jar!


Jinapher J. Hoffman


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