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.