How to Decorate Jelly or Jam Jars


Home-canned jellies and jams can be identified by simple labels; decorating them not only creates a separate creative project, but also makes them presentable as gifts. Knowing how to decorate your jam and jelly jars isn't a difficult endeavor and it makes use of a wide range of art and craft materials. Whether you're displaying the jams and jelly jars as decorative accents in your home or you are giving them as gifts, the decorating them can be an enjoyable project.

Things You'll Need

  • Filled jelly jars
  • Hot glue gun
  • Lace border roll
  • Scissors
  • Stencils
  • Sheet of label paper
  • Snip a length of lace border from the roll that measures the circumference of the jelly or jam jar. Apply the border, with the lace side pointing downward, to the top of the jar. Use hot glue to apply it, wrapping it around the circumference of the jar.

  • Select a stencil that corresponds with the type of jelly or jam that is in the jar. For example, a stencil of grapes adequately labels grape jam or jelly. Apply the stencil to the front of an adhesive label, leaving the label adhered to the sheet of paper on which it comes. Choose a label that is large enough to accommodate the sticker and cover the broadside of the jelly or jam jar.

  • Fill in the stencil with your choice of art medium. Crayons, markers, pens or even watercolors make useful and colorful materials to use for this endeavor, but the choice is all yours.

  • Remove the stencil from the label and let the label dry for 10 minutes if you have used markers or pen. If you have used acrylic paints or watercolors to fill in the stencil, let the label dry for 30 minutes. Peel the label carefully from the sheet of labels.

  • Adhere the label carefully to the front of the jar on the broadest part of it.

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