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Friendship Jar



Give your friend the gift of encouragement with these easy homemade gift ideas. The Friendship Jar is possibly the thriftiest, easiest of the homemade gifts to make.

Friendship Jar


  • Decorative Jar with wide mouth
  • Ribbon or other embellishment
  • Handwritten or computer generated positive words on slips of paper
  • Paper
  • Pen or Computer with printer
  • Scissors or Fiskars Personal Trimmer


  1. You can find fun jars at thrift shops and garage sales, you just want a wide mouth jar so it’s easy to put your slips of paper in and out of the jar. You can tie ribbon or embellish the jar with your favorites.
  2. Handwritten messages: Cut slips of paper with scissors or personal trimmer. You can use one color of paper or use several, personalize this to the event or person getting the Friendship Jar. Write out positive words or statements. For example if this is for a special aunt you could write out all the things you love about her from her pretty smile to her fabulous chocolate chip cookies. Fold up the slips of paper and place in jar. I always recommend handwritten notes because the message and words just seem more unique written by you!
  3. Computer generated messages: This is easy and quick, and if you are a neat freak using a computer will make you happier. Have fun and play with fonts and font size! Write out positive messages and words like described in Step 2. Print. Using your scissors or personal trimmer cut into slips of paper, fold, and place in jar!


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I have made something like this for my friends before. Once I took one of those picture "trees" (where it has the coils and you just put the pics in them) and printed off words in different fonts and laminated them so they wouldn't tear and put those in the picture places. I think I called it her "I am" tree or something like that. The other time I had a notebox that had orig come with a notecard set in it (about the size of 4x6 or so) and used the box (it said WISH on it) and then made out of scrapbook paper sayings about her, etc. I had contacted mutual friends and then some of her family to get thoughts about her from them. I included a card that said that we wish she could see herself how we see her. Those work too. It is something that is easy to do, but has so much impact. I have never thought about a jar before (not sure why), but I will probably be using this in the near future.....

hicup98 6471149

annick1960 - are you so perfect and pristine that mistakes aren't allowed in your world?

Crafter 21374

I was wracking my brain for Mother's Day gift ideas. I'm blessed to still have living grandmothers. One is in a nursing home and gets incredibly lonely and often feels that most people have "forgotten" her. The other lives alone, and she too gets lonely. What a terrific way to brighten their spirits and remind them both how beautiful and amazing they are to our family. Nothing lame about that!

kreed07 9722626

I absolutely LOVE this idea, even if it wasn't what I was looking for at the time. Thank You.


Whut a thawtful kraaf two maak fer sumone yu luv. An Ick 1960, Yu shude tri it. It wood be so purfeck if dunn buy Yu, yu Preeema Donner.

caroleann77 2099560

Annick1960, What would someone put in yours? You are mean. You are crabby. You are full of spite.

weedwoman7 1352700

This is a wonderful idea! I'm going to make a variation of the idea for my knitting groups friends. I have lots of nice things to say about them.


Well "annick1960" - what would someone put in your jar ? This suggestion just solved a number of gift decisions for me - and, it'll be fun to think up all the good points, and, I'll be adding quick little reminders of memories. Not just for Christmas, but all kinds of days ! Thank-you to Maria Nerius for sharing.


This is a WONDERFUL project!! I've always wanted somebody to make one for me!!


I think this is a very sweet gift for someone. As for annick's remark about spelling, no one is perfect. And if you think you are prefect then you think you are better and more perfect than God. People like you shouldn't even be in here with those kind of remarks. God Bless You any way.


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