There’s something so satisfying about a stash of jars you’ve filled yourself. Maybe it’s some deep, inbuilt maternal instinct to squirrel away food. Or maybe it’s just that however chaotic and messy my life or home are, it makes me feel a teeny bit like a domestic goddess to have done some preserving. Added benefit, stuff in jars makes lovely gifts.
I’ve spent hours making printed labels for homemade chutneys before. This year I’ve gone old skool with fabric and hand-written labels.
Cut a circle template about 13cm in diameter (this will depend on your jar size). Use a piece of chalk to draw around your template and cut out with pinking shears if you have them (or can borrow a pair like I did) or normal scissors if not.
I started to get a bit lazy, so folded my fabric into four before cutting it together in one go. This worked a treat and speeded me up heaps.
Secure the fabric with a little elastic band.
And then tie your ribbon on top. You can just use the ribbon, but it’s a bit tricky with one pair of hands as the fabric lid slips off.
I think wrote my labels straight onto the glass with a gold Sharpie pen. I love this look, it’s a bit homely but still quirky. Lakeland also sell a set of 2 pens to do this here: 2 Metallic Glass Labelling Pens
Make sure you always write what’s in the jar and when you made it. Store in a dark place until you wow someone with a jar of something delicious.
How do you decorate yours?!