Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jam Jars - Dressed Up and Ready to Give Away!

My Mom was recently cleaning out her rather large freezer to make room for this year's produce.  Her freezer was bursting at the seams so I offered to take tons of frozen berries off of her hands!  I knew exactly what I was going to do with those cherries, thimbleberries and strawberries - JAM!!!

Don't they look scrumptious simmering together on the stove??

By the end of the 45 minute jam making session, I had 10 jars of thick, maroon-coloured goodness.  

That's a lot of jam.  Now, we go through A LOT of it in our home, but with plans to make strawberry, currant and  peach jam during the upcoming fresh-fruit season, I figured I could gussy up a few bottles to give away (Yes- there is a bottle or two here for you, Jim!)

Here is one way to dress up a plain canning jar - kraft paper and twine.  Simple and rustic.

How about the old stand-by ( yet still so pretty!) - fabric and ribbon.

And what about some lace?  This length of crocheted goodness was given to me by my hubby's grandmother.  I glue-gunned it on and fastened the seam at the back.

Did you notice my labels?  I printed them for free from here.

There we go.  Three jars filled, and made as yummy on the outside as they are on the inside!

When I was done jam-making I had a lot of berry juice leftover. I couldn't bear to dump the flavourful red liquid so  I poured it in some freezer popsicle molds  to enjoy later that day.

And BOY!  Were they ENJOYED!!


  1. Your jam looks so delicious Bronwyn! THere is nothing better on toast than homemade jam! Love all the pretty packaging too! And the popsicles looks like they are def being enjoyed! Angie xo

  2. These look so good!! Homemade popsicles! Doesn't get any better than that!! xo Heather

  3. Oh My GOodness they look delish!~ the jam AND the popsicles! A pretty'd up jar of jam is the B*E*S*T gift :)

    xo P

  4. Your jars are so pretty and that jam looks delicious!

  5. That jam looks delicious! I'd never heard of thimbleberries before, apart from the fabric of course. Not something we have over here. Guess they're like raspberries! xx

  6. What great ways to dress up jam jars. Thanks for sharing them!


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