The modern day memory jar evolved from the old slave custom of making a memory jug to serve as a grave site memorial. We’ve showcased my friend Susan’s memory jars with a brief tutorial on the process. Creating a message in a bottle can be quite tedious and depending on the size of the jar, require an extensive collection of treasure to adorn it. Susan has switched up her technique and started using a black grout instead of the white. I love the look.
She’s embedded button covers, ear rings and pendants, old jewelry, and interesting bits of metal. These jars are so visually rich and is a good way for a hoarder to cull a collection of artifacts and recycle old flower vases and jars into a work of art. Susan works a section at a time and recommends laying out the area you plan to cover ahead of time, so that once you lay the grout down you can start applying the ornaments and keep the project moving.
More of Susan’s work can be seen here: