I recently made some Marmalade.
Below you can see it when it had been potted/bottled….don’t you agree that the lids look pretty? When i purchased them i didn’t really think about getting any matching labels to go on the jars.
But of course, when the lids were delivered, I regretted not having done so.
Well, there I was t’other day, looking at my jars of Marmalade all sitting pretty and I was feeling a twinge of regret about the labels and then i hit upon the idea of making my own. I’d already made gingham check craft papers last year, so there surely wouldn’t be much tweaking to be done to make my own very own matching labels?
Happily, I found it really easy to do. I started making preserving labels in red and white check and in blue and white check, but before too long I’d made yellow and white check and green and white check and also lots of vintage style preserving labels too. Here are what the labels looked like when i printed them off…
…and here is what my labels looked like when I stuck them on the preserving jars. I think my labels compliment the lids quite well and look quite good, even if i do say so myself.
Now, the beauty of these labels is that they only cost a piece of A4 and the ink to go on it. They can be printed directly on to adhesive A4 sheets or alternatively, cut out and stuck on to the jars with sellotape or glue…i am using sellotape as it comes off really easily in some hot soapy water and it also happens to be inexpensive. I’m not a cheapskate, i’m just frugal.
The best bit about these labels?
Oh yeah…I’m making them available for free download to anyone who wants to use them for their own personal use (the labels are not to be sold).
I am going to be putting up a link at the top of the page (some day soon) entitled ‘free preserving labels’ or somesuch, and then all my jam/chutney preserve labels can be accessed just like my scrapbook papers and prayer cards, and downloaded totally free.
p.s. just in case you enlarged the pic of my preserves….I am teetotal but cadged a wee dram of my Dad’s whiskey for this recipe, as it goes really well in this marmalade and there is no alcohol content when it has been cooked off, so to speak.