Jar of Joy

Who wouldn’t want a little reminder every morning of the joy you bring to other peoples’ lives?!

I made this jar for my son’s teacher a couple years ago, so she could have her own little Jar of Joy.

I cut a heart out of thick cardboard, cut 2 slits in it for the ribbon to thread through and then painted it red. Once it dried, I brushed glue on and then covered it with red glitter. I painted the lid red, as well and used puffy paint to write “Jar of Joy” on the top.  Then I threaded the ribbon through and used some small glue dabs every so often to hold it in place.

I counted out how many days of school we had left and cut that many hearts out.  I divided the hearts among all the kids in the class and sent them home with a note to write a message to our wonderful teacher!  We got the best messages back- from the students, from parents, from siblings!  They were just wonderful!  We folded them all and put them in the jar and she was able to pull out one a day for the rest of the year!

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  1. what a great idea!

  2. Gallamore West says:

    How sweet!! I would have loved that when I was teaching… some teaching days could REALLY use a little bright spot :)

  3. Love this simple idea! Yep, I will be doing this for the teacher! (thank you for helping making room mom easier! you rock!)

  4. An adorable idea! Would you be willing to link this up to my Valentine link party going on now? I’d love to have you! Thanks, Michelle

  5. That’s such a fun idea. I’ve seen it as a gift for parents (52 notes, or 365 notes for your mom to read) but I really like how you did it for a teacher.

  6. That’s such a cute idea. I needed to find something to do for my daughter’s teacher. Thanks!

  7. I love this post! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

  8. That is an adorable idea.

  9. What an incredible heartfelt gift. Way to go!

  10. I love this! What a great idea! If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to share it here:


  11. [email protected] Bitsy Paper says:

    This turned out great! Good job. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!

  12. How fantastic, what a thoughtful gift that will make a teacher smile all year long

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