Friday, September 30, 2011

Decorating Canning Jars On The Cheap

Last year was the first year I canned tomatoes and I was hooked. 

 I loved being able to grab a jar of organic tomatoes out of my pantry in mid-winter to make soups and chili.  What I didn't love was trying to scape the labels off of my jars when I was done.  You see, canning jars and their rings are reusable (Go green!).  Only the lids must be replaced.  The labels you can buy are handy to use but are a real pain to remove from the jars. 

This year, after canning tomatoes and relish,  I decided to try to come up with something different - something less sticky.



I cut up some of the abundant brown burlap left over from my daughter's wedding last fall and secured it with elastic hair bands I found at the dollar store. Then I simply printed out some labels on card stock and punched out a cute tag shape with a paper punch.  After punching a small hole in the top, I snipped from the top of the tag into the small hole and that allowed the tag to slip onto the hair band.


As I use the jars of tomatoes and relish, I can save the hair bands and burlap circles to use next year.  I already set up a basket in my utility room to collect them. 

I'm in the middle of organizing and making an inventory of my pantry right now, so I'll show pics when I'm done.

2 comments:

  1. Such a cute idea. I just use a Sharpie to write on the lid. It's the lazy woman's way :-)

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  2. Okay, I'll be honest - let's hear it for the lazy woman! :-) I can't even manage to get my tomatoes in the jars even when I promise myself I'm going to do it this summer. Now that I'm over run with green tomatoes I need to go back and try again. I'll be checking out that post from last year. Thanks Kelly!

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