Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dressing Up Jars

Each year around the beginning of December, a few teacher friends and I get together and make homemade jam and apple butter.  Then we can the jam and apple butter and give them out as gifts.  Due to scheduling issues this year, we couldn't do it together.  Luckily I had my sidekicks to help this year - Kerry to help can and Stout waiting patiently for any apple butter goodness to fall on the floor.

I made the apple butter in the crock pot, using applesauce and other ingredients, and let it cook slowly for about nine hours.  Yum!  Then I canned it with the help of my trusty assistant, Kerry.  After the jars cooled off, they were ready to be dressed up for gifts.  

Typically I cut out circles of cute holiday fabric with pinking shears to decorate the tops of the jars...but then I found this idea on Pinterest and loved it !  

I thought this was a genius idea and it saves a lot of time.  I didn't have to trace out and cut circles to size.  You can find cute cupcake liners ANYWHERE!  I got these at JoAnn fabrics for less than $1.00…with leftovers for next year.  I just hope everyone forgets the pattern by then!

The instructions are as so simple, a caveman, or unsuspecting husband, can do it.  Just put the regular sized cupcake liner on top of the lid and then screw on the metal ring as you normally would.  See? Easy !

Since cupcake liners can be found in all sorts of themes, you could use this idea for baby/bridal shower gifts, birthday favors, or other holiday gifts.  I plan on making soy candles in jelly jars soon and will probably dress them up with cupcake liners when I give them away as gifts.

How do you dress up your jars?

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy new year !

Now you can Do It Yourself Too!


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