I have friends who are known to give me the most thoughtful of gifts and pretty much wrap me up in so much love.
For my birthday, one of my best friends gave me a bundle of things that let me know everything would be okay. My favorite from her set has to be the mason jar full of positive thoughts that she made for me.
If you’re not sure what to say to your friend who has lost a loved one, or don’t know when is the right time to say something, filling a mason jar with little pieces of paper might be the way to go.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A mason jar (you can usually get these at any dollar store)
- Pieces of paper you can cut up (you’ll be rolling these up, so cut them about the same size as a fortune cookie strip)
- String/ribbon/rubber bands (this will be useful both to tie up the pieces of paper and to decorate the jar)
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Cut up as many pieces of paper as you want to fill your mason jar with (my friend cut up 22 little pieces, one for every year of my life)
- Write something on each strip (this can be anything from “This is why you’re my friend…” to “Smile. You’re beautiful.” to “I Love You.”)
- The goal is to fill up the jar with little strips of paper your friend can pull out any time she/he is having a bad/sad day.
- Then decorate it! This is where you can really customize the jar to fit your friend’s personality.
*If you’re making this for a guy friend and he’s not really into pretty jars, try filling up something else he’d really like. As long as the slips of paper are in there you can get creative with what you put them in!
If you end up DIY-ing your own mason jar, let us know! Tag us on Instagram or use the hashtag #Grief365.