Following on from my most recent post – Jam, Jam, Glorious Jam, which you can read here, I thought I would give a few of my thoughts to the different ways you can dress up your jam jars! I would just like to note that these are my own personal views.
There are a lot of beautiful ways to give that extra special sparkle and personal feel to your homemade jams. A dressed up jam jar is a lovely gift to give away, whatever the occasion, whether it’s birthdays, festive occasions or just because you want to! You could even sell them to raise money for charities.
The jam jar decorations on the photo above I found purely by chance. I had been visiting my brother in the north-west of England when we had taken a detour to visit a shop called Hobbycraft. This is a shop my mum, my sister-in-law and I all love dearly and it’s like an Aladdin’s cave for those of us who love to craft and create whether it’s bake, paint, scrapbook, knit, sculpt…. you name it, it’s there. That’s when I stumbled upon this lovely pack from Ginger Ray, shown in the photo below. I have to admit the pretty flowers in the packaging caught my eye immediately as I was scanning all the choices of products on the shelves of Hobbycraft.
Upon looking closer I was drawn to lid covers made from circles of fabric which had the potential to be reused when a pot of jam was finished. On previous occasions when dressing up my jam jars I have used paper lid covers from packs I had been given on my birthday and at Christmas. I have to admit, however, that when using the paper covers, despite their beauty, they were not always so easy to use. Fabric is definitely my preferred choice when it comes to adding that extra jazz to my jam jars and I have to also say the elastic bands in this Ginger Ray pack were very handy to pop around the jar.
If money is a bit tight or if you want to do it all yourself, you could always cut your own circles from scraps of leftover fabric you may have, to create your very own and unique jam jar covers.
The photo below is an example of the paper lid cover I used last year:
This jam jar decoration kit came from another amazing shop I love dearly called Lakeland and was part of the Kirstie Allsopp range. Ok so the paper jam covers are a little tricky to put on by yourself, especially if string has been supplied (the blue elastic band here is what I added, unfortunately that was the only colour I had at the time). The other downside with paper to note is that it can tear but what I loved about these lid covers is that they came in four pretty, different patterns, with matching gift tags and labels. Absolutely beautiful, enough to take your mind away from the fact the paper covers are slightly difficult to work with. Nothing that an extra pair of hands can’t remedy!
Below is a third pack that was given to me by a friend who knows I love to make jam and it does look quite similar to the pack from Lakeland.
This is from Bake Me A Cake, by Meri Meri. I have never heard of this company before and do not unfortunately know where my friend got this gift but I do think it’s rather pretty and am absolutely certain it will look lovely on my jars of raspberry and strawberry jams!
I would love to hear what your thoughts are and if you’ve found any different jam jar covers, labels and tags, others I could potentially add to my collection!