Love in a Jar


Thinking about Valentine’s Day yet? You’d better get started! It’s almost the end of January! I’m giving you a two-week headstart to get ready with this idea–Love in a Jar. It’s good for lots of occasions, but especially Valentine’s Day. It’s inexpensive, easy, and sweet–just some paint, ribbon, a bit of prettily-wrapped candy, and a simple glass jar stuffed with hand-written love notes.

I made this jar for Georgia to thank her for all her kindnesses while we’ve stayed here in this old farmhouse. The jar contains four thank-you notes, one from each of us, to Georgia. I can talk about it on the internet without spoiling her surprise because Georgia doesn’t know how to get on the internet. This is handy because I can say anything I want about her. But I love her, so I’ll control myself. Though I did tell the world where she hides her cracker candy. Don’t tell her you heard it from me!

Start with a clean canning jar from the old cellar. If you don’t have an old cellar or any canning jars, a washed jelly jar or other glass container will do. By the middle of winter, we’re starting to have a lot of empty jars in the cellar. You’re also going to need some paint (nail polish will do), toothpicks, ribbon, glue, scissors, wrapped candies, and paper.

Everything I know about painting, I learned from nail art books. In other words, we aren’t going to do anything real difficult here. I love nail art. I started doing it when my daughter was little, then she decided she didn’t like having her nails painted, but by then I was hooked on painting teeny tiny things on my fingers and toes and various other items.

Use fast-dry nail polish in whatever color scheme you’re going for with your jar. I’m using blue here because the pretty wrapped candy I found had blue wrappings, so I got hooked on a blue theme. Using a toothpick, dip the tip into the polish. I’m demonstrating here on a piece of paper before I work on the jar because it was easier to take photographs against the white paper than against glass. If you haven’t done this before, you might want to practice on a piece of paper before you get started on the jar. To make tiny hearts, make two little blobs of polish. Now dip the toothpick tip into one blob and pull the polish down to a point. Repeat with the other blob, making the points meet to form a heart shape. See how easy that is? It doesn’t have to look perfect or even very good. This is a primitive craft! Primitive crafts hide a multitude of sins. And ineptitude.

I love primitive crafts.

Now you’re an expert so you can get started on your glass jar. Paint however many hearts, in whatever pattern, you want. Go all the way around the jar. If you use fast-dry polish instead of paint, the whole process will go quickly. If you don’t like how anything comes out, just clean it off with nail polish remover and start over. I love fast-dry nail polish. And little hearts. When you’re satisfied, get out your ribbon.

Cut your ribbon to a good length to tie a bow around the top of the jar. Cut it a little longer than you think you need and you can trim the ends. Using a bit of glue, attach the ribbon around the rim of the jar then tie neatly. Add wrapped candies and hand-written notes.

When the candy is all gone, the painted, ribboned jar will make a pretty keepsake for the notes.

Isn’t that fun?


  1. Michelle Willingham says:

    Homemade gifts can be so pretty! :catmeow:

  2. Kim A. says:

    That’s a lovely idea, and really, can be done on any occasion/holiday. You could fill the jar with anything. Chocolate comes to mind. Hershey’s kisses. Do they make dark chocolate kisses? Mmm, Godiva chocolate is better! Now I’m having a chocolate craving and you didn’t even mention chocolate!

    -Kim :cattail:

  3. Bayou Woman says:

    Nail art? Wow, up until now, the only people I know who do that work in manicure shops! I live so far down the bayou, I never realized it had become so common as to be a primitive art form!!!!! Just picking at you, S.!! Great ideas, by the way. Thanks!

  4. kacey says:

    wow, who knew that nail art could be so expanded?? :mrgreen: That’s a cute idea, Suzanne!

  5. Mental Pause Mama says:

    I hope you’re making one for 52 😉

  6. Maria says:

    Mental Pause and I were thinking along those same lines…heh, heh,heh…perhaps 52 individually wrapped chocolates???

  7. kaye says:

    I like this idea. Now I just have to find a jar!

  8. Adina says:

    What a great idea! I would have never thought of using nail polish! I’m with the others, make one for 52 except use red nail polish and put some coupons in that jar with promises of sugar and back rubs! MEEEEEOWWWWW! :catmeow:

  9. Brandy says:

    OOooh, so pretty. I’m sure that Georgia will love it!

  10. Susan says:

    That would be such a special gift to give or receive! :heart:

  11. Estella says:

    Great idea, Suzanne!

  12. Tori Lennox says:

    You constantly awe me with your creativity, Suzanne. 🙂

  13. catslady says:

    Homemade gifts are always the best and this is so clever but seems so easy – thanks.

  14. Robynl says:

    You are so creative Suzanne; thanks for the demo.

  15. shgrsweet says:

    You are amazingly creative!!! I love the blog and what a cute idea!

  16. Amy Knupp says:

    I bow down to the goddess of primitive crafts. Very cool! See, I’m totally no longer a craft person but this makes me think I could handle it! :snoopy:

  17. Kathleen says:

    What a fun, creative idea!! I think I will *steal* this idea around the holidays! :mrgreen:

  18. Mary says:

    Oh this will be :purr: fect to make one for my friend. Love your creativity.

  19. Gwen says:

    I love this, you can use it to wrapp up any gift, and the jar can be used for a lot of different things.


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