While I appreciate a row of simple, unadorned jars of home preserves, sometimes I enjoy fancying it up a little, especially if I'm giving away a jar or two as a gift. Read on for some great ideas on covering your jam and pickle and kraut jars. And tell us what you've done to make your jars look special.
Equipment: The only thing you need are a sharp pair of scissors for cutting and trimming your materials and some two-sided tape. If you want to get extra-fancy (and who doesn't want to get extra-fancy!) you can invest in a few pairs of shears that have scalloped or other decorative edges.
Cloth: There are many ways to source cloth: old clothes, remnants, old tablecloths. You can also buy a favorite pattern or color you know will go well with your preserves, but there is a nice recycling vibe to using what normally might be discarded cloth. Vintage cloth makes especially nice toppers. Oil cloth, too.
Objects: Vintage napkins and handkerchiefs are also a good source, especially if you can keep them whole. That way, you'll be giving two gifts! Also, doilies (crocheted or paper) and vintage crocheted hot pads are fun.
Paper: Leftover wallpaper, catalogs (Anthropology is a great source), hand printed decorative papers from the art store, newspaper, magazines, a photocopy of an image you like, craft paper, old greeting cards, pages from an old, discarded recipe book.
Fasteners: String, embroidery floss, yarn, colorful rubber bands, twine, wire, coated wire, twist-ties from lettuce (that say 'organic' if applicable), raffia, long stem of a sturdy herb (like rosemary).
We'll look at fun label ideas in a future post. What have you used to gussy up your preserves?
(Images: Dana Velden)