re-packaging jelly jars

I spent [almost] the entire day ‘re-thinking’ the presentation/packaging of my farm-raised home-made red currant jelly. If you recall, this past Summer, I had several marathon sessions of red currant jelly-making: plain red currant and/or with a hint of rosemary, lemon thyme or sage (and mint)! YUM!

Some will be gifted, but, I’m also hoping to sell ‘surplus’ red currant jelly in my shop!? I can’t possibly eat it all.

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This is what my jelly jars currently look like: simple brown craft paper with twine and three old bitties on a label. The ‘threesome’ represented my two sisters and I, even though ~ W E ~  never made currant jelly together!!? It would have been a blast! [Sidebar: My younger sister and I have had salsa-making parties and was a ton of fun!!]

I like the brown craft paper – simple, less-is-more mentality. The twine can be difficult to work with especially when another finger is necessary to tie the knot!!? If not ‘tight’ enough, they can slip off! Oh dear!

As for the label, the sticky-ness just doesn’t adhere very well, especially if you have crystal-pattern (vs. smooth/plain glass) jars. I usually reinforce with some clear packaging tape. More work/effort! And, truthfully, since my sister passed a few months ago… the threesome just doesn’t seem right.

So, you can really lose track of time perusing Pinterest for brilliant ideas, ‘ya know!!?

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I like the brown craft paper ‘top’ (five-inch round will do). I ‘personalized’ it with a Sheepy Hollow rubber stamp [I ordered quite some time ago on Etsy]. I thought the heavy/thick rubber band was a good alternative to the twine; less fussy. But, I love the R E D butcher’s twine – perhaps for a few special jars!??

Ebenezer: I must have a label… label label label label label! ((My fav movie at Christmas-time, A Christmas Carol, 1951))

Possibilities: I thought ‘over-the-top’ slip of paper was workable, but, it clearly hides interferes with my cute sheepy stamp. Does it really matter??

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How about a tag over the side (with all the pertinent info) also attached by slipping it into the rubber band? Perhaps a colorful piece of washi tape to affix it to the jar at the bottom, if necessary????? UGH!?

… AND THEN I REMEMBERED I ALSO HAVE 4-oz. JELLY JARS, half the size of the pint-size jars you see in the photos!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!

So, back to the drawing board!! However, before I leave, I just want to say, GO MAKE JELLY [or whatever] WITH A LOVED ONE!!! Hugs!

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