Season Your Meals with Love

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Looking for a fun gift to make with your children? Life as MOM contributor, Janel, offers a great suggestion for “seasoning meals with love.”

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Several years ago, Maggie, one of the mentors at my Mothers of Preschoolers group, shared how she made her meals with love. She had an adorable little spice shaker with the word “LOVE” emblazoned on the side. As she was cooking, she made a show of adding some “love” to her family’s dinner. Her little ones just loved it.

Although Maggie purchased her “love” shaker somewhere, these are easy enough to make on your own. This is a fun craft to make alongside your child. It’s also easy enough for an older child to make on his own and give as a gift to a loved one who enjoys cooking. Once your shaker is ready, have your littles help you put love in the jar by blowing kisses inside and sealing it up.

How to Make a “Love” Spice Shaker:


  • an empty glass spice shaker — I like the ones from Trader Joe’s because they don’t have any identifying marks on the lid and their labels remove very easily.
  • scrapbooking paper
  • pen or computer/printer for the LOVE wording
  • Modge Podge sealer
  • paintbrush

Clean the empty spice jar and remove the label. Dry the jar thoroughly.

Cut a strip of scrapbook paper so that it is long enough to wrap around the jar. (Mine was 2.5 inches x 6.5 inches.) Write LOVE on the front of it or print out the wording on the computer. Decorate the label in any other way that you wish.

To secure the label onto the jar, paint a thin coat of Modge Podge Sealer on the back of the label. Wrap the label around the jar, and remove any air bubbles that might be under the label. Then, give the top a coat of Modge Podge as well to seal it. Allow it to dry completely.

Fill up your jar with love by blowing kisses inside and seal tightly. Season your meals with love as needed!

A girl in a pink shirt looking at the camera.Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella.

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  1. Thanks for this, I saw and made a quick version of this tonight. DD is 21 months but loves helping out in the kitchen – cooking and washing dishes and I know she will especially enjoy sprinkling love and refilling the jar.

  2. This is too adorable! I know my youngest will especially love this. Of my three boys, he’s the only one interested in cooking and baking. He always wants to help. (on my “Fall In” post he is shown making cupcakes – he just loves it!!). I just know he will love this “special” ingredient”!! I will probably start with my “pumpkin pie” spice combination since we will be doing so much Fall and holiday baking. Then he can “season” his little heart out.
    Great post – thanks!!!
    – Claire

    1. Claire,
      Thanks! I’m glad you like the idea. One of my girls LOVES to cook alongside me too. Cooking with kids is such a fun way to spend time together, do something you need to do anyway, AND teach them some skills.