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Love List Joy Jar

Materials Needed:

dot-orangeA glass jar, fun canister, decorative box, or any other lovely container.

dot-orangeSome embellishments, if you wish: ribbon, buttons, costume jewels, small chotchkes, meaningful tiny things.

dot-orangePaper and pens to make your Love List items that will be included on slips or small scrolls. You could also print them, using fun fonts if you choose.

dot-orangeYour Love List for the recipient.

Note: if you would like to make a special fairy light joy jar like the one pictured to the left, click here for a 5-minute video tutorial, which outlines everything you need to do! It’s quite simple!




Click this link to read a story about a Joy Jar Linda Ryan received.




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Here is the Joy Jar Linda received as a gift from her daughter.





eric-simpleHere is a Joy Jar Eric Salahub made this for his wife, Jill. I love the simplicity. And Jill did, too. Here’s what she said: “This was one of the best presents ever! The best thing was the way he did it: he didn’t make it a precious project, didn’t try to make it perfect or fussy, he just cut up some slips of paper and started writing.”

All too often we get tangled up in perfection and it keeps us from doing these kinds of things. Let Eric be our model for how to create loving gifts without thinking they have to be fancy in order to convey our love.





Here’s another example by Kelley Walker. This is a small wooden box and she included favorite memories of times she shared with her loved one.