I spent last Thursday at my parent's house. During the summer it seems that you can typically find my parents outside. If they aren't mowing the lawn then they are working in the garden or picking raspberries. My parents have a great work ethic. I really appreciate the wonderful example that they gave me of hard work and taking pride in what you do.
So while I was at their house last week I decided that I would help out by picking some raspberries. Picking berries is one of those tasks that ends in a very sweet reward. I ended up with a large tub of raspberries and nine jars of raspberry jam. Is there anything more delicious than raspberry jam?
Once I got home I decided that my jelly jars needed some dressing up. I purchased this silly gingham fabric at Wal-mart in their clearance section. I didn't have a clear vision of what it'd be used for (otherwise I may have selected some different colors), but I love how it tops off my jars.
I think that the smaller gingham print works better on the jelly jars, but the larger print works as well. I used five inch squares of fabric with the orange gingham and six inch squares on the green. I think that I probably should have settled on five and a half inch squares, they'd have been perfect. I tied the fabric with some cotton string and added some lovely little hang tags.
While I could have taken the time to design my own hangtags, I chose to let someone else do all of the work. I found these nice little hangtags by Domestifluff. There are also printable labels for the top of the jars if you don't feel like covering your jars in fabric. You can find the printable versions here.
If you are looking for something a bit different you can check out these printable versions.
Pesto Labels by Givers Log
Apricot butter, Strawberry Jam, and Cherry Chutney labels by Jessica Jones at How About Orange.
Vintage Handcrafted Labels from HP
Decorative Jam Labels by Martha Stewart
Oh so adorable, Cherry, Rhubarb, Blueberry, and Strawberry, Apricot jam labels, by Eat Drink Chic
These Jelly Jar toppers are so pretty that I might just start canning so that I can decorate my jars. My mom makes the best raspberry jam. I am amazed that I didn't totally mess it up. Her secret, well it really isn't so secret, she uses the sure-gel recipe from inside the box. Then again, maybe the secret is in the berries.
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