soup-er neighbor valentine

What better Valentine gift for a neighbor than a jar of homemade soup?  A paper crafted label and tag adds a personal touch to this heartfelt gift.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

We’re so lucky that the woman we share a driveway with has made us feel so welcome in our new neighborhood since day one.  One night, during our first week in Cleveland, Andy had made yet another run to Lowe’s and I was unpacking when she knocked on our back door with a fresh loaf of zucchini bread.

I’ve mentioned several times that our neighborhood is a cross between Mayberry and a Norman Rockwell painting, right?

She reminds me so much of Andy’s grandmother in Wisconsin.  We’ve missed seeing her during the winter months and as she lives alone, I came up with a valentine idea that I think she will enjoy.  A jar of homemade soup.  Perfect for this crazy cold winter weather that we’ve been experiencing.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

I purchased a new canning jar and then used papers from the new Elle’s Studio Love You More collection for this project.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

I love this patterned paper full of tags, including the cute envelope design which was a great size to embellish the jar lid.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

I traced around the inner lid to create a template.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

Then cut along my traced circle with scissors.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

The perfect size and ready for my message!

I lightly drew along the inner edge of the lid so that I could place my sentiment without it being obscured.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

So thrilled that Elle has released alphabet stickers!  These are the perfect size for so many projects.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

With my alphabet stickers in place, I could finish handwriting my message.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

I used another tag from the same sheet of patterned paper to act as a label for my soup noting the contents within the jar, my Cherry Tomato and Tortellini Soup.

Soup-er Neighbor Valentine | Melanie Makes

I can’t wait to deliver this to her on Friday as I’ll know she’ll truly appreciate it.  I love when my love for cooking and paper crafting collide!

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  1. Such a soup-er idea. I love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches in the winter. Pure comfort.

  2. Tammy Higgins says:

    My favorite is potato soup. My husband is the cook in our home, and he makes the best! Thanks for sharing your great idea to share with a neighbor.

  3. We made Cherry Tomato and Tortellini soup, last week, and loved it!

  4. I love to make a big batch of ham and bean and then freeze it in batched to enjoy all winter.

  5. Creamy tomato and basil. Can’t wait to try your recipe above.

  6. you’re the cutest.
    love the idea.
    want to be your neighbor :)

  7. This is super cute!! This would also be a fun teacher valentine…might have to use it!

    • YES! The perfect teacher idea! Can you imagine how much you could make their day if you brought this in the AM? A fantastic homemade lunch hand delivered! :)

  8. Denise Bryant says:

    Great idea for a gift to your neighbor!
    My favorite soup is a Vegetable Tortellini Soup I make… yum! It’s an old Weight Watchers recipe.

  9. Maritza Gaytan says:

    Im boring, my favorite soup is chicken noodle soup. Your idea is so cute!

  10. Is it still soup-er if I just open a can of Campbells and put it in a jar? :)
    What a great idea!

  11. As long as you put the can in the recycling I’d say you’re good to go! :)

  12. Oh this is such a darling idea! I love my neighbors so we should totally do this. With the winter we’ve had it’s such a perfect treat too.

    Hmmmm…favorite soup here would have to be a chicken tortilla with fresh cilantro or a cheesy potato soup.

  13. Okay seriously Melanie? You are the cutest! I am obsessed with this valentine soup gift and the labels? Perfect! My favorite soup is anything with lots of potatoes, your tortellini soup sounds awesome though! Pinned this :)

  14. Heather Thompson says:

    this is such a cute gift idea. I will try IT.

  15. Amy Cooley says:

    My favorite type of soup is chili. It’s a meal in a bowl and I love adding lots of yummy topping.

  16. cheesy soups are my favorite, but taco soup is a close runner up!

  17. How adorable is this? And I currently have a 20 quart pot of minestrone going… Thanks for the inspiration. And the chance to win!

  18. What a perfect excuse to make this great soup again. Thank you for sharing.

  19. And my favorite soup is Miso and rice.

  20. Denise Luscan says:

    This is a super cool gift! Absolutely love your handwriting, btw. My favorite soup is a cream of chicken & potato soup my Grandma makes.

  21. I love Elle’s Studio. “Souper” cute gift idea. :) (Bad pun intended.)

  22. vegetable beef

  23. my dad’s potato soup.

  24. What a wonderful idea!! My favorite soup is vegetable. 😉
    – April W

  25. jackie Hughes says:

    Love this idea, so cute!


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