Express Yourself with Canning Labels!

You've just spent the entire day in the kitchen with your canning project, a true labor of love. Finally, you sit back and gaze with satisfaction at your row of sparkling jars, ready for the pantry or gift giving. But you aren't quite finished yet! Your jars need to be labeled with their contents and canning date, a golden opportunity to express your true style. Read on for five unique canning jar looks.

1. You can go vintage either by using new, vintage-style labels like I did above or by purchasing vintage labels at a flea market or from Etsy.

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2. Take the punk route and use a punch label maker like Rohan Anderson of the blog and book Whole Larder Love.

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3. These labels express a modern, urban, DIY aesthetic. $6.00 for 10 labels from krankpress

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4. These labels have a clean, no-nonsense look about them. Plus, they're kind of unique. They're a plastic sleeve on which you write the contents, slide it over your canning jar and then dip it in hot water. The sleeve will shrink to your jar with no sticky residue and easy removal. On the back of the label is a little calendar to mark the month and year canned, as well as the date it was opened. $5.49 for 36 from ModernHarvestLabels

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5. Here's a flowers-and-gingham look, complete with jar covers and matching ribbon. $12.95 from Sur La Table.

Not pictured: The masking tape and sharpie look, the sharpie scrawl on lid look, the classic label-from-the-canning-jar company look, the custom printed holiday label ... well, the possibilities are endless!

Related: A Field Guide to Canning Jars

(Images: 1 and 2, Dana Velden, krankpress, ModernHarvestLabels, Sur La Table )