Some may be rated X; sorry. I just collect them. (((hugs)))
Small Note:    Copyright on poems have to stay with the poems - please.

Quick Easy Crafts with Poems

Friendship

- Almond Joy - it's a joy to have you as a friend

An Angel Craft:

- A Friend is a gift Heaven sends.
- friends are angels in disguise
- We are each of us angels with only one wing--to fly we need to embrace each other.
-- Cassandra Reed
- Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet, when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
- Of course there is such things as angels. Only sometimes they don't have wings, and we call them friends!
- I believe in angels, the kind that heaven sends. I'm surrounded by angels, and I call them my best friends.
- as wings are to angels - so your friendship is to me
- friends like you are heaven-sent

Antiques
- friends are like heirlooms - always to be treasured

Any treat

- you're so sweet
- Friends make life a little sweeter.

Balloons

- Friends are like balloons: once you let them go, you can't get them back. So I'm going to tie you to my heart, so I will never lose you!

Band aid

- for helping a friend who needs healing, mending
- for hurt feelings, yours or someone else's

Bean - you've always 'bean' there for me

Bear

- you are bear-y special to me
- fur-ever friends
- what are friends fur?

Bee

- buzzin' by with a friendly Hi!
- thanks for 'bee'ing my friend
Blank check - Friendship is like a bank account. You can't continue to draw on it without making deposits!

Blue ribbon - Tie a big, blue bow around a token gift for a "blue ribbon" winner.

Book:

- A friend is a rare book, of which only one copy is made.
- A good friend is like a wonderful book. The inside is even better than the cover!

Bra -

A friend is like a good bra -
hard to find
supportive
comfortable
always lifts you up
makes you look better
always close to your heart

Bread, loaf -Just LOAFING around and thought we'd give you a call
Brownie mix - we have such a 'rich' relationship
Bubbles, bubble gum - you have such a bubbling personality
Bunch of anything - I love you a whole bunch
button - to remind you to sometimes "button your lip" when you have nothing good to say; close your mouth before saying an unkind word.
Cake - you take the cake
Cake with frosting - when it comes to friends, you are the frosting on the cake

Calculator

- I can always count on you
- A friend is someone who does things that count, but never stops to count them.
- You can count on me

Calendar - friends all year through

Candle:

- You are the "LIGHT" in my life. Thanks for being such a terrific friend.
- you light up my life
- Friends are lights in winter; the older the friendship, the brighter the light. (Roger Roseblatt)
- Friendship is a flame that burns in my ehart forever.
- Friendship is the candle that lights up your heart when it is dark outside.
- Like the flicker of a chandle fills a room with llight, a friend like you makes all my days bright!
- Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. --Helen Keller

Carrots - 24 'carrot' friendship
Cat - fur-ever friends
Chicken - if friends were chickens, I'd 'peck' you

Chocolate

- I've gained so much with you as my friend...now it's your turn.
- Friends and chocolate make life more bearable
- you're so sweet, having you as a friend is really a treat

Chocolate Chip Cookies: In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.
Chocolate Gold Coins: A friend is a TREASURE you always keep.
choir -The harmony between friends is sweeter than any choir

Christmas:

...any Christmas design made from felt - mittens, holly leaves, etc.
...any holiday legend typed up
...Any kind of ornament made from felt or foam ..santa claus, snowmen, angels, etc
...any of the holiday drink ideas for cocoa, etc.
...book marks
...candy Cane with the Candy Cane legend
...Christmas key - skeleton key with the note that says to leave for Santa
...Christmas lucky penny & accompanying poem
...Christmas scrap angels
...confetti sprinkled into the card - store bought or punch your own
...dusts: Angel, Christmas, Elf, Magic reindeer
...favorite recipe on a special recipe card
...glitter, sequins
...hot chocolate packets
...Hug cards
...lavender sprig w/ the legend about Christmas herbs
...magnets
...make a card/sign to go with the theme of your card; ex: if your card is Gingerbread, make up a small sign with a gingerbread saying on it
...make your own air fresheners from fun foam & a couple of drops of essential oil of your choice
...origami, iris folded, etc. ornies, etc.
...plastic canvas ribbon angels
...post card
...print a Bible verse, poem, saying, etc. on the above
...purse-size calendar
...Recipes for life
...scrapangels
...seasoning mixes - "Seasonings Greetings"
...seed packets
...several holiday jokes
...snowflakes w/ the saying Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled
...tags
...tea bag dolls
...tea bags with a saying
...type up instructions for any of the gag or survival kits: Santa arrival kit, How to spot a reindeer, etc.

Clock - Time will pass & we will part, but true friends stay close at heart

Clothespin

Put a clothespin in a baggie.
Old clothespins are like friends. They hang out together & share each other's load. When the heat is on, they make the burden lighter. They tie up loose ends & don't give up when the winds blow against them. When faced with a wet situation they stand side by side until it's all dried out. (Thanks for hanging in there with me.)

Clover I'm lucky to have you as a friend
Clown - no clowning around, I love being your friend
Cocoa mix - to our special friends who are so dear, we wish you all a cup of cheer.
Coffee - friends & coffee make the perfect blend

Cookies

- in the cookies of life, friends are the chocolate chips
- I've gained so much with you as my friend, that now it's your turn

Cotton balls

- for cushioned support
- - cushioned support of friends for the rough road ahead
- To cushion the rough roads
- a symbol of support from family and friends
- to remind you that this room is full of friends, kind words, and warm feelings.

Cows

- friends are for-heiffer
- friends never steer you wrong

Cracker jax - you are a cracker jack friend
Crutch - lean on me
Cup - Friendship begins with a cup of kindness.
Dessert: Life is uncertain - eat dessert first!

Dog

- Flattery looks like friendship, just like a wolf looks like a dog.
- The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail and not his tongue.

dress form -

- friends come in all shapes & sizes, need to alterations & never go out of style
- I like your style

Egg

a true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg, even though he knows you are slightly cracked

elephant - to an unforgettable friend

eraser

- to remind you that everyday you can start with a clean slate; that everyone makes mistakes and that it is okay

Feather duster - you're 'dust' the best friend a person could have
first aid bandaids - Get some brightly colored band aids & write messages on them, about friendship

First Aid kit

Get some fun band aids in solid, bright colors. Decorate band aids with a permanent marker & write on a friendly message.

Flower

if friends were flowers, I'd pick you
in the garden of life, each friendship is beautiful & unique
A real friend is one who overlooks your broken down gate, and admires the flowers in your garden!
Friends are flowers that never fade.
Gather friends like flowers.
If I had a flower every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.
If friends are the flowers in the garden of life, you are an entire bouquet!

Get well soon
I'm sorry
To take away your pain
Hope you're better
Ouch!!
Owie!!

Decorate with simple designs:
lips (like in kiss it & make it better)
smiley face
hearts
Maybe put a couple in a craft baggie for those times when special band aids are needed.

Flower corsage

"Some friends are annuals: they are only friends for a season. but you are a perennial...I know you are always there for me."


Flowers:

- if friends were flowers, I'd pick you
- in the garden of life, each friendship is beautiful & unique
- A real friend is one who overlooks your broken down gate, and admires the flowers in your garden!
- Friends are flowers that never fade.
- Gather friends like flowers.
- If I had a flower every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.
- If friends are the flowers in the garden of life, you are an entire bouquet!
- Wildflowers are like friends; they always come back.
- you make friendship bloom all year
- a gathering of folks you hand pick to love

Friendship ball

Passing a "Friendship Ball" back and forth is an old English custom. This special ornament is filled with a surprise for a mother, daughter, aunt or a friend. The ornament is then filled with a gift, maybe candy, pictures, a bath item, or just a note or poem and passed back to the original person filled with a surprise for her.

#1 -

No beginning, no end.
It keeps us together
Like our Circle of Friends
But the treasure inside for you to see
Is the treasure of friendship
You've granted to me.
Today I pass the Friendship ball to you.
Author unknown

#2 -

Please place something dear,
To give to a special friend,
Whether far or near.
Once the ball is opened,
It must be filled once more.
Then passed on to another,
According to folklore.
From one friend to another,
This gift of love extends,
Creating an unbreakable bond,
Between our circle of friends.
No Author Shown on Tag

#3 -

as I know who you are
I've seen your good deeds
and admired you from afar.
Please remove your gift
and add one of your own
then pass the ball along
that's how friendship is grown.
Find a lady in church
who might need a lift
and then you must pass on
this "Ball of Friendship" gift.
© Sue Pitchfork 2005~

Friendship Box
This is a very special gift
That you can never see,
The reason it's so special is...
It's just for you from me.
Whenever you are lonely,
Or ever feeling blue
You only have to hold this gift,
And know I think of you.
You never can unwrap it-
Please, leave the ribbon tied
Just hold the box close to your heart.
It's filled with love, inside

Wrap a small block of wood 2x2 or 3x3 with fabric and tie with a bow. Attach the above poem. Unknown source.

Friendship Bucket
This little "Friendship Bucket"
is meant to express,
Appreciation from a friend
from whom you'll never guess.
Replace the bucket goodies
with a special treat from you,
And pass it on to someone
whom you appreciate too!

Gift

- A friend is a gift you give yourself.
- Friends are gifts that heaven sends.

Gift certificates, fast food - lunch is on me

Globe

- To the world, you may just be one person...but to one person, you might just be the world.
- the world is round so friendship can encircle it

Gold thread - to remind you that friendship is the golden thread that ties together the hearts of everyone
Grater - to a grate friend
Gum - friends stick together through good and bad.
Gummy dinosaurs - you are a 'dino'mite friend

Hand

- Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend. --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.
- Hold a true friend with both of your hands. --Nigerian Proverb
- Anyone can give advice, but a real friend will lend a helping hand.
- Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. (Emily Kimbrough)

Heart Craft:

- A Friend is someone who listens from the HEART.
- A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.
- A good friend is like a warm quilt wrapped around the heart.
- A true friend is a work of heart.
- God reaches out to us through the loving heart of a friend.
- Good friends are never forgotten, they live within your heart.
- Happy is the heart that holds a friend.
- Heart to heart we'll always be, Best of friends, you and me.
- Heart strings are the bows that tie the gift of friendship.
- Many people will walk in and out of your life, - but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
- Our hearts are next door neighbors though our homes are miles apart
- friends are always at home in our hearts
- side by side or far apart
- a friend is someone who listens from the heart
- Create a "heart-smart" gift basket with low cholesterol foods. Card can say "thanks to you from the bottom of my heart".

Home - happy is the home that shelters a friend

Honey

- A good friend sticks to you like honey.
- Friends make life a little sweeter.
- a honey of a friend

Hugs

- A friends always knows when you need a hug
- A hug is the shortest distance between friends.
- There's enough warmth in a friend's hug to warm up the coldest day
Ice Cream: Life is like an ice cream cone - just when you think you've got it licked - it drips on you.

Jam:

- Thanks for always being there when I'm in a JAM.
- "Thanks for gettin me out of a jam!" attached to a bottle of jam or preserves.

Jar

Decorative Jar with wide mouth
Ribbon or other embellishment
Handwritten or computer generated positive words on slips of paper
Paper
Pen or Computer with printer
Scissors or Fiskars Personal Trimmer

You can find fun jars at thrift shops and garage sales, you just want a wide mouth jar so it's easy to put your slips of paper in and out of the jar. You can tie ribbon or embellish the jar with your favorites.

Handwritten messages: Cut slips of paper with scissors or personal trimmer. You can use one color of paper or use several, personalize this to the event or person getting the Friendship Jar. Write out positive words or statements. For example if this is for a special aunt you could write out all the things you love about her from her pretty smile to her fabulous chocolate chip cookies. Fold up the slips of paper and place in jar. I always recommend handwritten notes because the message and words just seem more unique written by you!

Computer generated messages:
This is easy and quick, and if you are a neat freak using a computer will make you happier. Have fun and play with fonts and font size!
Write out positive messages and words like described in Step 2. Print. Using your scissors or personal trimmer cut into slips of paper, fold, and place in jar!

Jelly Beans: A Friend is like a bowl of jelly beans, good to the bottom of the bowl

Jewels

- Diamonds may be precious, but you girl, are priceless!
- A new friend is valuable, and old friend is priceless.
- Of all the gems on this earth, friends are the most precious!
- Treasuring all the moments we've shared ... all the memories we've made.
- because you are as valuable as any precious stone!

Journal - because our friendship is the 'write' stuff

Jumper cables

- Friends aren't jumper cables. You don't throw them into the trunk and pull them out for emergencies. --Charlie Krueger

Kisses

- Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.
- to comfort you when you are feeling sad
- Everyone needs daily TLC
- a friend always knows when you need a hug, kiss
- for when you need a hug

KNOTS

A true friend is KNOT critical.
A true friend is KNOT thoughtless or Judgmental.
A true friend is KNOT untrustworthy and does KNOT destroy.
Rather she builds.
A true friendship is KNOT just a blessing but is a miracle.
A true friendship is KNOT to be taken for granted.
You are rich if you have but one true friend.
Do KNOT forget to be that true friend.
Let's keep our friendship KNOT'S knotted tightly so our friendship do KNOT slip away!
(Use pretzels or make Homemade bread KNOTS)

- Friendship is a knot that angel hands have tied

Lettuce - 'lettuce' always be friends

Life preserver

- A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. --Robert Edwards
- Friends are God's life preservers.

Lifesaver candy

- to remind you of the many times others needed your help and you theirs
- that you can come to me if you need someone to talk to
- because we're always willing to help each other
- If you need a LIFESAVER, call us! We'd love to help.

Lucky Charms - I'm lucky to have such a charming friend
Magnifying glass - we always look forward to seeing you

Map

- The distance doesn't matter. Friends are never far apart. (Flavin)
- Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there? (Richard Bach)

Marbles - to replace the ones you've lost
Matches - you always give me that warm feeling
Measuring Cup filled with Candy: Friendship begins with a cup of kindness.
Measuring tape - I always get an immeasurable amount of joy from our friendship
Melon - Friends today are like melons: We must try fifty before we can find a good one.
Micro popcorn - Pop! Pop! Fizz! Fizz! Oh, what a good friend you is

Mint

- our friendship was 'mint' to be
- friends like you are worth a mint
- we were 'mint' to be friends
- your friendship has 'mint' a lot to me

Mirror

- The best mirror is an old friend.
- you reflect love
- I can look forward for a good time with you

mittens: Friendship warms the heart.

Mounds

- for the mounds of love & support between us
- when there are mounds of things for you to do just remember I am here for you

Mugs

These things can be put in pretty mug. Tie a bow on the handle.
© Murlin Creations

BUTTON: to remind us that we are all different
NOTE CARD: to send a long overdue greeting to a friend or relative
PAPER CLIP: to help keep things together when they seem to be slipping out of control.
PLAYING CARD: a reminder to be playful and have fun
POEM: to share the beauty of words
SMALL SMOOTH STONE: to remind you that rough times help refine and polish--use for smoother tomorrows
TISSUE: to wipe away a tear, your own or someone else's
TWO TEA BAGS : invite me over for a chat

Music

- A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

Musical note - just a note of appreciation

Needle & thread - for mending a friendship

Note

- for a noteworthy friend
- Just a "NOTE" to let you know how much you mean to me.

Nuts - Give a jar of mixed nuts to a friend to let them know you'd "go totally nuts without them".

Orange

- orange you glad we're friends? I am
- orange you glad we have such a good time together?

Oven mitt - I ad-mitt you are a great friend

Panties

Friends are like panties...
Some crawl up your butt.
Some snap under pressure.
Some don't have the strength to hold you up.
Some get a little twisted.
Some are your favorites.
Some are holey.
Some are cheap.
Some are naughty.
And some actually cover your butt when you need them to.

Paper Clip: To keep everything together.
Pattern - friends come in all shapes & sizes, need no alterations & never go out of style
Pen, pencil - because our friendship is the 'write' stuff

penny

- so you'll never be broke
- you are valuable and special

Photo - best friends get the picture?
pickle - whenever you're in a pickle, I'm there for you; just give me a call
Pig - 'oink' you glad we're friends

Plant, seeds

- the kindness you sow makes our friendship grow
- A friendship grows when you plant a seed of kindness.
- Water your friendship with acceptance and it will only grow.
- Seeds of friendship are planted with love.
- Seeds of friendship bring flowers of joy.
- Sow the seeds of kindness, and reap a bounty of friends.

pockets: friends are like pockets - you can never have too many
Popcorn - just popping by to say Hi!
post-it notes - just a 'note' to let you know how much you mean to me
Princess tiara (from the Dollar Tree) - Diamonds may be precious, but you girl, are priceless.

Purse

A friend is like a good purse.
Practical, casual,
Sporty or jazzy,
Fancy or fun,
Classy or snazzy -
They come in a range of
Styles & sizes;
They're open, giving &
Full of surprises.
A good one is always
There in a clutch,
Helping bear burdens
& caring so much.
Reliable, valuable,
Made of strong stuff,
They're mostly adjustable,
Sturdy & tough.
And with your 'purse'-sonality,
I have to brag,
You've simply got being
A good friend in the bag!

puzzle piece - without you, your friends aren't complete
Quarter - I'm here when you need me - just call

Quilt:

- Friendships are like quilts, they never lose their warmth
- A good friend is like a warm quilt wrapped around the heart.
- Friends are patches of love in a sunshine quilt.
- In the crazy quilt of life, I'm glad you're in my block of friends.
- friends are like quilts - a great source of comfort

Rainbow

- Friendship is a rainbow between two people
- If friendship were a color, you would be the rainbow to me
- On a rainy day, you're my rainbow!

I traveled to the rainbow's end, and found not gold, but you, my friend
Recipe card - just like you, tried & true
relish - I relish our good time together

Rice krispie treat

- it's such a treat having you as a friend
- thanks for putting the Snap! Crackle! Pop! Into our friendship

Ring - friendship ring
Rock - a reminder of the durability of our friendship
Rocky road - hope the road ahead is smooth for you
Rootbeer - I'm rooting for you
Rope - give a tug & I'll come running

rubber band

- try to be flexible; For flexibility!
- to remind you to hug somebody
Safety pin: to bind us together in friendship

Salad

- Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.
- we have a 'salad' relationship
Scouring pad - I've scoured the world for a friend like you

Seed packet

- it takes a long time to grow an old friend
- Wildflowers are like friends; they always come back.
- you planted the seeds of love in my heart
- with friendship sayings in it

Inside this little package
You'll find some friendship seeds
Plant with love and tend with care
And guard against the weeds.

Friendship seeds are hard to grow
The roots take hold with time
But the blooms which are produced
Are the sweetest you will find.

#2 -

They grow, then bloom then die
Some will make you happy
Others will make you cry
But you my friend are special
And I hope you think that I am too
That's why I'm sending flowers
To a special friend like you
(c) 0704 Yvonne Lowther

#3 -

For they would just fade and die
So I'm sending you these special seeds
To bring color to your eye
Just sprinkle in your garden
Sit back and watch them grow
Then think of me, who sent them
To a friend that's nice to know
(c) 0704 Yvonne Lowther

#4 -

Containing lots of love
Just spinkle in your garden
And water from above
Then as you see leaves growing
And flowers peeping through
You'll remember the one who sent them
Thinks the world of you
(c) 0704 Yvonne Lowther

Shamrock plant - I'm lucky to have you as a friend

Sharpie Marker: Don't take life too serious - it's not permanent ship - friend'ship'

Shoes

- Old shoes and old friends are best for relaxing.
- Good friends never go out of style
- a friend is God's way of proving He doesn't want us to walk alone

Shoe potpourri

- The Dollar Tree has these little, crystal-clear high heels in the wedding section that I will fill with potpourri in tulle & include this saying: Good friends never go out of style!

smarties - be a smartie - call when you need anything

Smiley face

- You are the happy face that makes the world a nicer place.
- Count your life by smiles, not tears.
- Count your age by friends, not years.
- Smiling increases face value and is contagious!

Snicker - now don't snicker: I think you're great!
Soap - just a little visit with you washes away the blues, etc.'
Soda - I'm soda-lighted to be your friend
Soup - you are a 'souper' friend
Spool of thread - friendship is the thread used to weave the fabric of life
Spoon - hope this spoon, gift, stirs up good memories for you

Square sticky note pad (if might be fun to stamp a design on the sides of the blocks of note papers) : Just a "NOTE" to let you know how much you mean to me.

Star

- True friendship is like a star. You don't see its light in the brightness of prosperity, but in the darkness of adversity.
- If I had a star for every time you made me smile, I would be holding the night sky in my hand!
- Friends are like stars; you don't always see them, but you know they're always there
- to remind you to shine and always try your best
- To reflect your inner beauty
- you are a star to me!

Stitched Item: Friendships are made one stitch at a time
Sticker - so we can stick together and help each other
stone - to remind you that rough times refine and polish- use for smoother tomorrows
Strings -Friendship is a gift with strings attached - heartstrings!
Sucker - you make my life sweeter
Sun - As sunshine turns a flower's head toward heaven, so your friendship lifts my spirits.
Sweet & Sour Tarts: A reminder to appreciate the differences in others

Sweets

- a sweet treat for a sweet friend
- you're so sweet
- having you as a friend is really a treat
- you make my life sweeter

Tea

- Our friendship is like a cup of tea, A special blend of you and me!
- a friend like you is just my cup of tea
- brewing up a wish for you
- from one old bag to another: you're tea-riffic
- have a brew-tea-ful day
- may your days be steeped with love & warmed with joy!
- Tea-riffic!
Thank you

#1 -

You do to make me smile.
Thank you for the happiness
You bring me all the while.
Thank you for the comfort
You often bring me, too;
But thank you most of all, my friend,
Just for being you.
© 2005 Yvonne Lowther

#2 -

I have something to say.
Two little words, so simple,
But they'll brighten up your day.
It's a simple, little saying
And doesn't take up much time.
It's just a simple Thank you!
For being a friend of mine.
© 2005 Yvonne Lowther

#3 -

Who are there in winter or springtime fair.
New acquaintances are easy to come by,
But true friendship is extremely rare.

A friend always sees the best in you,
Although they've known you at your worst.
They laugh with you in the good times,
When storms threaten, they'll be there first.

They'll offer a shoulder to rest your head
When tears are welling in your eyes.
Take a walk down friendship's path with you
And help chase away those stormy skies.

Lord, thank You for all the gifts You give;
Each one makes our life seem more worthwhile.
But one of the finest gifts you've given us
Is the warmth of friendship's loving smile.

#4 -

following poem (inside card)
A candle meant to light your way,
A flower to brighten your day.
A tiny sponge to dry your tears
and soak up the needless fears
A band aid meant to help you mend
your feelings when they ache.
An eraser comes in handy when
you've made a big mistake.
A paper clip reminds me of
how close I feel to you.
A candy for something sweet
when you are feeling blue.
A rubber band for
a great big squeeze.
A chocolate kiss
is sure to please.
A button cause my lips are sealed,
your secrets all inside.
A golden thread that's in a knot
to say our hearts are tied.
A magic star to wish upon
to make your dreams come true.
A little heart cause that's the place
where I shall cherish you!!!

Thread

- Sew glad we're friends!
- May the threads of our friendship never unravel
- Memories are the threads that hold together the patchwork of friendship
- friendship ties our hearts together

Tissues

- Laugh and the world laughs with you.
- Cry and you cry with your girl friends. (Laurie Kuslansky)
- to wipe the tears of joy and sadness
- to help dry a friend's tears when their feelings have been hurt

toaster - you always pop-up just when I need you

toothpick

- to help you "pick" out the good qualities in others and yourself
- to be easy going, and not too picky
- to pick out the good in every one, including yourself

toucan - a little toucan of my friendship
Tray of treats - I tray-sure you, our friendship
truck - friends for the long haul
Turnip - friends 'turnip' here
turtle - I've got friends in low places

Umbrella

- Rain or Shine, You will always be a friend of mine
- A good friend is an umbrella for the heart.


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