Thursday, December 17, 2009

Packaging Beautiful Gifts From The Garden

If you've been following us at all through this summer you know we've done an awful lot of canning. Much of it we will eat ourselves but we also planned on giving a lot of it away as gifts for the holidays.
A portion of this year's canned goods(this is just part of what we canned!)
Home canned jams, relishes & salsas make great gifts but we wanted to make them look as good as they tasted so, Matt came up with these beautiful labels.
Canned Goods with Labels
They were really quite easy to make. The labels were created in Pages (you could use Word as well). First draw a circle that is 2.1" in diameter. Then chose image fill & pick the image of your choice to fill the circles, Matt found the ones we used online. Next create a text box & type information for what is in the jars & center the box in the circles. Matt changed the color of the fonts to match the background. Finally group the circle & text box, then copy & paste it to make multiple copies on a page.
LabelCan Labels
The circles were then printed out on full sheet label paper. We got an extra large circle punch from Fiskars which is the perfect size to cut the circles out. Once punched the labels are just the right size to go on top off the jars. (Getting the back off the labels was the hardest part of this whole project.)
Cutting out labelsLabeling in Progress
For some items like First Frost Green Tomato Jam & Port Wine Jelly we wanted to give ideas on how to use them so we created little labels to tie on to the jars. We use the same method of designing the circles & printed them on card stock. We punched a small hole in them & then tied them on with this two colored twine from IKEA.
Tags for canned goodsFinished jar
(I put bunnies on the tag because we always have them in our yard.)
Finally, we packed everything in these pretty paper bags we found at Michael's (13 for $6.99, what a deal!) & then put a Merry Christmas sticker made the same way on the bags.
Bag for canned goods

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HungryinSW said...

You are too good!

George Gaston said...

kat & Matt, you both are incredibly creative; not just in your culinary skills, but as shown here in your giving!

I have always felt that a gift that was made by the giver is the best of all. You are truly a renaissance couple, who live life completely.

Merry Christmas and a Joyous Healthy New Year!

Thistlemoon said...

You guys are amazing! What wonderful goodies! I hope I am this organized next year!

Barbara @ Vino Luci Style said...

I love seeing your creativity. I make all of the gifts I give for the holiday and sometimes wonder if I'm crazy for doing so...but it helps to see I've got other crazies out there with the same notion - that a gift from the heart is the best gift. This jam but some cranberry liquor. Bottling today!

toontz said...

So very very nice! Great job on the labels. Your recipients are lucky people.

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

wow, i have gift envy :)

Elise said...

The preserves were already such a nice gift, the presentation makes them prefect.

Unplanned Cooking said...

That is such a thoughtful gift!

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

Oh wow, those are a lot of goodies!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is such a creative and personal gift. It's truly a labor of love, and I am certain that the gift recipient will recognize all the care put into it.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your designed labels! Whoever shall receive these gifts are very lucky people!!!

Thanks for sharing and for posting a wonderful inspiration!

Unknown said...

super cute! love the labels!

Winnequah Children's Garden said...

These look just amazing! So creative - I'm deeply impressed!

Alicia Foodycat said...

I would die of happiness if someone gave me a gift that looked like that! How adorable!

You should sell them with blank text boxes in your etsy store.

Lori said...

Wow- these are beautiful and what a super idea. I need to do this next year. I have given my friends their presents already. Love that huge circle punch. SInce I am always cutting out circles this would be ideal for me. Oh thanks Kat! Always a good idea here.

Lori said...

The labels are so nice! The whole package is so creative and attractive. As others have mentioned you certainly have some lucky gift receivers. A gift from your kitchen would top my list if I were around there. ;)

packing supplies said...

All the products are too great and packaging is superb and fantastic.

Mama Jillian said...

You guys are amazing! You're so inspiring and I am looking forward to dressing up my jars of canned goods this year!

Chris C said...

These labels are too adorable!

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