I was throwing a little New Year's Eve gathering and thought about what to give my guests to start their New Year off right.
I considered giving them Blessing Jars--the ones you fill up through the year, but I wanted to do something a little different, so I came up with the idea of Poetry Jars.
|I used wide, clear tape to affix the labels which read "Poetry: Read as Needed."|
I printed out a variety of poems on colored paper and put them in large Mason jars. I used different colors, fonts, and cut the paper to different sizes. I tried to fold each one a little differently and if they were small, I didn't fold them at all. There was one poem called "Elegy for the Written Letter" which I placed in an envelope before I put it in the jar. For the poem titled,"This Paper Boat," I folded the paper like this:
I had such fun putting the jars together. You just never know when you are going to need a poem, right? I like the variety this affords and the feeling that you are going to pull out just the poem you need at the time.
Since these were Mason jars, I was able to decorate the top easily by just using a stamp on a post-it note and then sealing the note to the lid.
It makes me smile to think of my friends reaching into their Poetry Jars, and relaxing with a poem when they need to.
Hope this idea gives you a smile!