Jar of hearts for Valentine’s Day, anyone?

I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a song with such immediate intensity upon first hearing it as Christina Perry’s Jar of Hearts*. That said, it did give me the idea for this quick-fix Valentine’s Day project, so it is at least good for something. Here’s a how-to on making your very own heart-filled jar. Smooches!

How to: Make a jar of hearts


– Jar

– Red paper

– White thread

– Felt

– Black paper


– Clean the label off your jar by soaking it in hot water then rubbing it in turps (leave it to air so it doesn’t smell)

– Cut 2 same-sized hearts out of your red paper and stitch up most of the way with white thread, then stuff with pot-pourri or lavender and sew up the rest of the way (if you don’t have any of the above smelly stuff, scrunch up some tissue and spritz it with your favourite perfume)

– Cut out some smaller hearts in your felt and black paper and chuck in the jar, keeping 2 back

– Attach thread to the remaining 2 hearts and tape to the inside of the lid so they dangle down inside the jar.

And there you have it – a much more optimistic jar of hearts than what’s in Christina Perry’s cupboard.

Come on then, folks. What yummy love stuff did you make for V. Day?

I mean, just listen to the lyrics:

“And who do you think you are
Running round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul…”

It’s like she sat there with a rhyming dictionary and thought, oh, OK, that word will do. Rubbish!

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