Love Jar Gift Idea and Tutorial

For this week’s project, I’m sharing this Love Jar that I made for my husband last year for Valentine’s Day.  It’s is really fun project to make for the one you love.  Essentially you just decorate a jar or other container and then you write things on slips of paper and place them in the jar.
For this Love Jar, I typed out a whole bunch of reasons that I love my husband and placed them in the jar.  You could also make these for your kids and tell them the reasons you love them or reasons why they are special.  And of course, this would be a great project to do with your kids.  You could help them to make these for their dad or grandparent.  It could even be a good teacher gift.
Another idea that I’ve thought of for you to consider is making a Quote Jar or a Bible Verse Jar.  I think these would make really cute gifts.  I also think a Poetry Jar would be cute.  My husband loves poetry, and I think he would love a jar that he could pull poems out of.  And another idea I’ve seen on other blogs is the Conversation Jar. This is where you fill the jar with conversation topics, for when your family gathers around the table.

What You Need:
A container
Scrapbook Paper
Scrapbook tags/embellishments (optional)
Mod Podge
Step 1:  Remove any labels from your container.
Step 2: Wrap paper around your container to check for sizing.  Cut out paper.  Take your paintbrush and apply a light coat of Mod Podge to your container.  Then wrap your paper around the container.  After you have the paper stuck to the container, take your paint brush and put another light coat of Mod Podge over the paper to seal it.  Let dry.

Step 3: Use Mod Podge to add any tags or embellishments, including a tag for the top if you like.  You can also paint your top.  I chose not to paint mine because the color orange was in my paper.  I didn’t have any scrapbook elements that I liked that would fit the top, so for my top, I made up the following phrase, printed it out, and mod podged it to the top: “Whenever You’re Down or Feeling Blue, Just Look at All the Reasons I Love You.”
Step 4:  Write or type out different words, phrases, or sentences.  Cut them out and place them in the jar.  For this jar, the theme was all the reasons that I love my husband.  Some of the strips had as little as two words, while others were 2 or 3 sentences.  Some of the reasons I put in were very serious and heartfelt while others were more lighthearted and funny.  The possibilities are endless.

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  1. What a great idea! I love little sweet notes like these! 🙂

  2. M* {Daydream Believers} says

    This is so sweet! I made something similar for my hubs, last year! 🙂 M*

  3. Love this idea!

  4. Mod Podge Amy says

    This is so sweet! I love it.

  5. Great idea! So creative.

  6. tales from an oc cottage says


    m ^..^

  7. Siggy Spice says

    Such a sweet idea!

  8. Aaawww – this is such a beautiful idea. I hope he has cherished this gift.


    Hi Jerry..its totally a cute idea..really nice..thanks for sharing girl….

  10. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says

    I love this idea! I'm putting it on my to do list for the hubs to be for Valentines!! Thanks Jerri!! 🙂

  11. This is a great idea! I love recycled crafts and this one is so sweet.

    I would love to have you link this to my Fix It Up Friday link party.

  12. What a cute idea! I need to do this for the Big Guy this year. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thank you so much for linking up!

  14. This is an awesome project! I would like to invite you to my linky party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. I hope you can join the fun! Have a great week, Mary :O)


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