Personalize Your Preserves With Two Different Types Of Decorative Labels

5 May 2015
 Categories: Business, Blog

If you are going to be canning preserves in glass jars this summer, label them to help keep them organized in your pantry. Decorative labels will also give the jars an attractive appearance if you are going to be giving some of them to your friends as gifts.  

Etched Glass

Use The Following Materials

  • soapy water
  • scrub brush
  • etching cream
  • rubber gloves
  • paintbrush
  • stencils
  • two sided tape
  • sponge
  • water
  • newspaper
  • glass bowl
  • decorative trim
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • self adhesive labels

​Prepare The Jars And The Work Area

Clean the jars with soapy water and a scrub brush. Follow up by rinsing them with water. Lay them out in a ventilated area to dry. Protect a hard surface with newspaper. Attach stencils to the side of the jars with two sided tape. Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from coming into contact with the etching cream. The cream contains acid that could cause burns to your skin, so it is important to keep your hands covered while working with it. Pour some etching cream into a glass bowl.

Fill In The Stencils

Use a paintbrush to fill in the stencils with the etching cream. Make sure that each cut-out section in the stencils is filled in evenly. Leave the etching cream on the jars for a few minutes. It will permanently highlight the areas that were covered with etching cream. Remove the etching cream by rubbing a wet sponge over each jar's surface. Rinse out the sponge as needed. Once all traces of the cream have been removed, carefully peel off the stencils.

Finish decorating each jar by attaching a piece of self-adhesive trim or ribbon around the top. Affix a self adhesive label to each jar with the recipient's name if you are going to be give some of them away as gifts. 

Self-Adhesive Labels That Are Decorated

Use The Following Materials

  • soapy water
  • scrub brush
  • self-adhesive labels
  • templates
  • printer
  • pen
  • fine tipped markers
  • acrylic paint
  • thin paintbrushes
  • decorative trim
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • newspaper

Prepare The Jars And The Work Area

Clean out the jars with soapy water and a brush. Rinse well. Lay the jars out on a newspaper-covered surface. Print out labels on self-adhesive sheets. There are a variety of templates that you can find online that will give your labels a unique appearance. If you are good at drawing, however, you can add designs directly to the labels on the self-adhesive sheets with a fine tipped pen.

Outline And Fill In The Labels

Use fine tipped markers or thin paintbrushes to outline or fill in the designs on the labels. Tie a piece of ribbon or attach a piece of self-adhesive trim around the top of each jar to give them a more decorative appearance. Affix blank labels to each jar that you are giving away as gifts. Use a pen to fill in the names of the people who are going to be receiving one. 

If you are keeping the jars for yourself, you will easily be able to find the preserves that you would like to use by reading the labels. Your friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness when you give the other jars to them as gifts. 

Are you in a rush with no time to make labels yourself? Services like those at allow you to order customized labels that are perfect for preserve jars and more.