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As much as we hate to admit it, cold and flu season is on its way. There is nothing more miserable than one of those lousy winter colds. What’s almost just as bad is watching someone you care for dealing with a cold or, Heaven forbid, the flu! I’m always looking for ways to help cheer them up and let them know that we love them and hope for their better health. That’s when I came up with this idea for a Cold and Flu Rescue Kit to share with those loved ones that are suffering.
There is just something special when someone takes the time to put together a simple little gift to let you know that they care when you are feeling down in the dumps. I have been on both ends of this, and it is never taken for granted in my books. So, if you have someone in your life needing a little TLC, I have the ticket for you.
You all know of my love of all things jars, so of course, I put this little gift set together in my new favorite Ball® Quart Size Wide Mouth Sharing Jars. They are beautiful in their own right and they look even better dressed-up a bit. Here is what you will need for the whole kit.
Cold and Flu Rescue Kit Supplies
- Ball® Quart Size Wide Mouth Sharing Jars
- Ball® Home Canning Funnel for Mason Jars
- Black vinyl (optional)
- Cricut cutting machine (optional)
- Cricut transfer tape (optional)
- Scissors and craft knife
- WhipperBerry Jar Designs
- Epsom Salt soothing Eucalyptus and Menthol Mineral Bath
- Small box of tissues
- 4×4 piece of leather
- 2 4×4 pieces of coordinating fabric
- 3 heaping tbsp. of chicken bouillon – powdered
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- 2 cups of noodles
Now, the vinyl decals on the side of the jars are super cute, but if you don’t have a Cricut cutting machine don’t worry, they don’t make or break this project. However, if you do have one and would like to make the decals, you can have access to my project in Cricut Design Space. It’s already all set for you, sized for these jars and everything. Cut out the decals and adhere them to the side of the jar using the transfer tape. If you need a little help applying the vinyl, I have a good tutorial for applying vinyl that you may want to check out first.
Once your vinyl is applied (if you are doing this step), the next step is to fill the jars and dress-up the lids.
The Comfort Jar
The comfort jar is filled with comforting mineral bath salts. I found two different colored Epsom salt baths that were infused with Eucalyptus, menthol & spearmint and layered it in the jar using the Ball® Home Canning Funnel creating stripes.
Next, I take a piece of cloth and trace a circle using the lid of the jar with a pencil or chalk pencil. Cut out the fabric and then place it on top of the jar lid and secure it with the band.
The Sooth Jar
This one is my favorite! It’s a tissue jar with a leather lid!!! How cool is that?
For this one, you will need a cube size box of tissues. Open the box from the side and pull the tissues out of the box. Take a third of the tissues and unfold the first tissue flap. Roll into a loose cylinder shape and place into the jar making sure to keep that tissue flap at the top. This will be the starting tissue once you put the lid on.
Again, take your leather and trace the lid of the mason jar and cut out the circle with your scissors. Next, cut an “X” with a craft knife into the center of the circle.
Place the leather inside of the mason jar band and place lid on the tissue jar making sure to pull the lead tissue through the opening in the leather lid.
I think I will be making one of these for every room in my house!
The Nourish Jar
This one is pretty straightforward. It may not be your Mom’s chicken noodle soup but, it’s pretty tasty in its own right. Plus, it’s easy to make and share.
Again, you will be using your funnel to help keep this nice and tidy. Layer your chicken bouillon, garlic powder, onion powder, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, and noodles.
You’ll top this with another fabric circle.
Print out the chicken soup recipe and add that to your kit and then you’re ready to go. Then Pin this one so that you don’t forget what to put in the jars.
Place the Ball® Sharing Jars into a basket or a bin and run to the rescue of your family member, friend, co-worker or whomever STAT! They will truly appreciate this thoughtful gift as you come to their rescue in their time of need.29