Pretty Preserves Tied up with String

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They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach but I've found that this old adage applies to pretty much everyone! Each year I make up a huge batch of something delicious to give to loved ones for the holidays and so far, homemade jam is the stand-out favorite. While making jam is a messy, all-day-long (but totally rewarding- make a batch now for last minute gifts for months!) process, wrapping up jam is quick and easy.
Feel free to adapt any of these materials to suit your taste: any decorative paper or fabric can substitute for the craft paper and if you don't like the ceramic spoons, try a vintage silver one instead!

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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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For one jar, you will need:

One jar of jam
Something to trace a circle 2 1/2" large than jam jar top (either a bowl, lid or a compass)
Craft paper
Decorative edge scissors- zigzag, scallop or both
Scrap paper for the label- I used an old ledger sheet
Typewriter or fine tipped marker
Sewing machine and thread, optional
Hot glue gun and glue stick
3' baker's twine (here's a giant selection)
A few spun cotton mushrooms (order them here or search for them on eBay)
One small spoon (mine are from CB2)

Step 2: Trace a Circle, Cut it Out

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Trace a circle that is 2 1/2" larger than the top of your jam jar. You can either find a bowl or lid that measures this or use a compass. Cut along these lines with a pair of decorative edge scissors. Erase any left over pencil lines.
Thanks for sharing. I've made jam every year for Christmas gifts for the last five years, and every year I keep making more.. This would be a nice way to present them!
rowinghome3 years ago
the spoons are a nice touch!. very cute! i love to give gifts such as yours! my specialty is apple butter and if you don't mind, i will use your craft paper topper idea on my holiday gifts!

keep jammin'
sunshiine3 years ago
Very nice entry! Thanks for sharing!