Friday, January 3, 2014

Putting Up Poetry


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!




25 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know a couple poets who would have fun making jars of their own.

Teresa Evangeline said...

This is an absolutely wonderful idea ...

Leah J. Utas said...

Cool. What a glorious idea. Go you!

Alison said...

How clever; I'll definitely keep this idea in mind. Can you believe I never learned how to fold a paper boat? Unbelievable the skills I lacked when I was sent out into the world!

Leanne said...

You know, I always thought you were one of the coolest people I know . . . This confirms it! LOVE this idea, Betty! I think I have to make one of my very own!

Madi and Mom said...

BB what an excellent and fun idea and so dang creative toooooo! Of COURES we loved the lid decoration
Hugs Madi and Mom

Olga said...

Clever idea. I belong to a poetry group--stealing this.

Deanna said...

What a lovely idea! I'm going to share this post on a Facebook book group I belong to.

jenny_o said...

What a lovely, creative idea. I would love to receive a poetry jar.

Now I am thinking of how to use this idea myself - thank you for sharing this.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I totally LOVE this idea! Would be great for someone who is sick in bed and needs a lift of their spirits now and then... a poetry jar on their bedside table.. xox

Out on the prairie said...

very unique, a fun party favor

Ann said...

what a great idea for a gift. I bet everyone who got one loved them

Tabor said...

You are most creative...no wonder you have so many good friends.

Baby Sister said...

LOVE that gift! How clever you are!! I might have to steal that idea in the future. :)

Gigi said...

You are far too creative for your own good. Apparently, some (myself included) will be copying your idea!

Mary said...

A great idea Betty, clever you. I'm going to steal it too ...for a poetry loving friend of mine. Thank you.

Ms. A said...

Good idea! Might have to steal this and use it for inspirational quotes.

Lin said...

Oh, what a wonderful idea! I wish I had one too!!!!

Did you put some Mary Oliver in there? I like her stuff.

ds said...

Love this idea! I may steal it, too, if that's okay (and it could be adapted, methinks, into pockets or something). Genius to have thought of folding the poems according to theme. Thank you for sharing, and happy happy 2014!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Brilliant Betty - just what a great idea .. and I bet your guests were thrilled too ..

Fantastic prezzie for New Year or any day frankly .. clever lady! Cheers and Happy New Year to you and yours ... Hilary

Daisy said...

What a creative and clever idea! I love this, Betty. :)

Retired English Teacher said...

What a clever idea. I think your lucky friends will enjoy your gift for years to come.

Slamdunk said...

It does. A+ for you Betty and the creativity.

Pat Tillett said...

That is such a great idea!
Darn it! I guess my invitation to the party must have gotten lost in the mail...

Hilary said...

What a brilliant and creative idea. It's no wonder that teaching was your calling.