January 08, 2013

A Love Jar

In our house we do a lot for Christmas, but I don't really get into the other holidays so much.  I thought it might be fun to do something for Valentine's day this year, so I made this little Love Jar.  First I'll show you how I made it and then I'll explain some different ways to use it.

I love Aleene's dry adhesives because there's no messiness.  Plus, they worked great to get my fabric to stick to the glass.  I pulled out some scrap fabric to use for the project.

I used the double stick sheets to make my letters into stickers.  I peeled off one side, added the fabric, and then drew the letters backwards on the back to help me cut them out. 

After cutting them the letters were basically stickers.  I peeled off the back and stuck them on the jar.

I used the tacky line roll for the lace that I ran around the jar.  Then I cut little triangles from the extra fabric and placed them on the lace like a pennant banner.

So, what do you do with a love jar?

I figure you could use it as a valentine mailbox, placing notes to each other in it.  Or you could fill it with candy and gift it.

But I think I'll fill it with little treats and let my boys take one when they've showed love by doing something good.  That way Valentine's is more about sharing love than crushes (which my boys are disgusted by at this age).

Any other ideas of how YOU would use it?  You guys always have the best ideas.  Feel free to share one in the comment section.

Thanks for reading.


~ko said...

What a cute idea! I think for how old my boys are as well the idea of little treats held inside is perfect. Maybe I'd add a few notes that list off something small we could do as a family? Hope your week is going well!

Callie said...

Like a thankful jar at Thanksgiving, but write down one way you gave or received love each day. I think this is what I will do with my 3 year old. It is so challenging/ fun/ rewarding to teach him theses abstract ideas in concrete ways.
I think we will throw in some treats and love notes to each other too.
Thanks for the idea!

Ashley said...

You could fill the jar with notes about different ways to show love - similar to the Advent Calendar - and then each day choose one "love note" from the jar.

Very neat idea!

controlling craziness said...

My first thought was to fill it with ways you have shown love to others (being helpful, kind, service...). After each act of love have the kids fill out a slip of paper with what they did and see how fast it takes them to fill the jar. When the jar is full they get some reward. I like your ideas too. Immediate rewards are great with younger kids and much more delicious! Thanks for sharing. I might have to try something like this with just my two older kids so they will learn to love one another.

Tricia and Michael said...

my initial thought was to fill it full of qualities/things you love about each of your family members.

The Miller Five said...

I've been thinking about doing one with my family as well, but with a little different twist. Every time something memorable happens in 2013, I want to write it down and keep it in the jar. Then at the end of the year, we can go back and read it and laugh or reminisce. :)

Anonymous said...

My idea is quite similar to 'The Miller Five'...that 2013 jar idea is super by the way. Somewhere near the jar you could have the 'links of love' - like the paper chain that lots of people use to countdown to Christmas. Everyday a link is torn off and you let the kids write something that makes their family special on that link...and into the jar it goes. Come Valentine's Day the family sits down and reads all of them together. It's always good to share times of encouragement and love as a family. So many great ideas in all of these comments.

Sarrilly said...

Such a cute idea! I bet your kids are getting super excited about it :) My idea was similar to others' mentioned (but probably for older kids who write independently) - having members of the family drop in encouraging notes about others into the jar, which can be read/shared on Valentine's day :)

Had my ultrasound today - and it's a girl! My boy is 18 mo. old and didn't really know what was going on but was happily pointing out the baby on the screen :) Excited for your big day on Thurs!

Maggie and Sheepie said...

What a great idea! I think I need to get one started now and when my girls show love to each other, they can get a Hershey kiss or something else sweet! They are very good sisters, so I have a feeling they will be getting a lot of treats!

iammommahearmeroar said...

Congrats, Sarah! That is SO, SO exciting! How fun to have both a boy and a girl. Woo-hoo! Congrats again!


shan said...

Very beautiful ^^

Coley said...

This would be great to leave out all year, for me to write little notes when my children showed unconditional love. Great idea!


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