If you are anything like me, you have let your book pile grow quite large. Now, it is probably so big that you feel you can never read through it all. On top of that, you have an army’s worth of books on your TBR list. All you want to do is read those books, but it seems like you can never get through them all. How can you choose which one to read next? They all look so good!
No worries, I’m here to answer that question for you. Today, I am going to teach you how to read more books. It will help you get through your book pile and your TBR list. And it involves a bit of creativity, too.
So, whip out your art skills because you are going to defeat that TBR list army!
A TBR Jar For That Neverending TBR List
A creative way to get through your book pile and TBR list is by making a DIY TBR Jar.
How does this help?
I’m glad you asked. It helps for a few reasons:
- It eliminates the struggle of picking the book you are going to read next. This alone will help you read more books! Plus, it’s fun because now you never know what your next read will be. It adds a little mystery and surprise to what is just a normal task in the reading world.
- The jar lets you see how far you’ve come and how far you have to go. When you make the jar for the first time, it’s going to be quite full. But as you read more books, it will become empty again. It’s like a sign of accomplishment! Especially if you know how many books you have put in the jar.
- You will never forget about a book because they will all be in the jar. I have books on my shelf I haven’t been able to read yet and I have a virtual list of books I have yet to read. Now, I don’t have to keep track. I simply add to the jar if I’m given another book suggestion.
- The TBR jar doubles as bookshelf décor or a bookend! Okay, so this won’t help you get through that book pile faster, but it will be cute (or manly, men read too)
How To Make That Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious TBR Jar
Alright, so now you know how this TBR Jar can solve all your reading problems. Well, one of your reading problems. Now, it’s time to make the solution.
Step 1: Gather The Goods
Before you begin, you will need all the supplies it takes to make the TBR jar. These can vary depending on how creative you feel like getting and how you want your jar to look. To duplicate the jar I made, you will need:
- A jar
- Vase filler
- Tape (optional)
- Toothpicks (optional)
- Paint (optional)
Step 2: So It Begins
I had an old shelf decoration that I got bored with looking at. Ever since I have had vase fillers that I have been trying to repurpose. Plus, I wanted to read more books from my TBR list and from the books sitting on my bookshelf. Thus, the idea for the TBR jar was born (not an original idea, many people have done this before). The first thing you will want to do is fill up your jar almost halfway with your vase filler of choice.
I had black and transparent vase fillers and once I tried them both out; I decided the black ones looked the best. It is completely up to you. Just think about what you want your result to look like.
You could even choose a different-looking vase than the one I have here, but this vase was the perfect size for where I was going to put it.
Step 3: The Actual Work Begins
Next, you will have to make your hand go numb from writing. Write your TBR list. You will also want to write all the books from your book pile on the shelf or ground that you haven’t read yet. I wrote on college ruled paper and skipped every other line. You could do the same or write on colored paper. It is completely up to you!
Step 4: Make That List TBR Jar Worthy!
After you have written down every single book, you will want to cut them out of the paper in strips. Believe it or not, this takes a bit of time, so keep that in mind! The more books you have, the longer it will take. However, this will become low maintenance in the future because once you read more books the jar will get emptier. The next time you add a book to your list, add it to your jar.
Step 5: Roll It Up
Now it’s time to put that list into the jar.
I opted for putting the list on toothpicks so that way I can easily pull them out and add more later.
Take one toothpick, one strip of paper from your list, and one small piece of tape. Roll the paper strip onto the toothpick and tape it onto the toothpick so it doesn’t fall off. You can also use twisty ties, ribbon, or any cute little accessory to make it your own!
If you don’t have toothpicks, you can just as easily fold the little papers up and toss them into the jar. This would be very cute with colored paper! When you pick a book from that jar later on, it will be like drawing from a hat.
Step 6: Stick It In The TBR Jar
Once you have finished step 5, you just put the toothpick in the jar sticking out of your vase filler. The vase filler is decorative, but it also helps keep your toothpicks in place! Then, repeat steps 2-5 until your entire TBR list is in the jar.
Step 7: Optional
Once I finished putting all of my list into the jar, a new idea sprung itself into my head. I whipped out some paint and decorated the outside of my jar. To do this, I simply looked up a painting that I thought would look nice with my decorations in my home. Red is the dominant color in my living/diningroom and kitchen, so I found a painting with red in it. The one I found was actually a tutorial on YouTube for a canvas painting, but it worked just the same when I applied it to my jar. Make it your own or copy mine!
Paint Ideas For Your Jar
Here are some ideas to help boost your creativity and to give you some inspiration.
So, there you have it, a TBR jar that is sure to make your reading a little more fun and to help you get through your list just a wee bit faster.
I hope you have fun making this jar!
Let’s Talk About It!
Today I taught you how to read more books creatively. Now, you can easily complete your TBR in 7 easy steps. They are:
- Gather your supplies
- Fill your jar with a vase filler
- Write your list
- Cut your list into strips
- Put your list onto toothpicks
- Add those toothpicks into your jar
- Paint the exterior of your jar
DIY projects can be fun, but I don’t do it all the time. What about you? Also, if you made your own TBR jar, let me see it in the comments below. I’d love to see your creation.
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