Saturday, December 4, 2010

How to: Pimp that Preserve

After a week off to fill a crazy amount of etsy orders, I’m back on the blog.  It's so great that so many stockings will be filled with seeds and that so many people will be growing such interesting fruits and vegetables this spring.

I also had a nice mention from Cracker's Blog in the National Post Food Blog.  Again, it's really nice to see so many people really getting into where their food is coming from and coming to the same conclusions that we did, growing your own is satisfying and delicious.

With Christmas fast approaching, this week will be a little craftier than usual, but I promise there are lots of nice recipes coming up.

One of my favourite blogs, Well Preserved is in the last days of accepting entries for a great competition; Pimp that preserve.  They’ve invited their readers to submit their decorated /pimped canning efforts and there are some fantastic entries. 

While my entry is far from being the most creative, I am pleased that I found such a quick, easy, and entirely recycled way to wrap up the jars I’m giving as gifts.

This is probably the simplest tutorial on the internet.

Find box of old Christmas cards that you can’t seem to throw away.  The tackier, the better.

      Cut circles out of old Christmas cards that are the same size or just a little smaller that your lids.  I used an Olfa compass cutter, but tracing and using scissors would be fine.

I used this great Snowflake punch, which makes a nice layered effect with the silver of the lid showing through.

Remove ring, put circle of card over lid, put ring back on.  Presto! Eco-friendly gift giving!


  1. Those really nice! I love the snowflake cutout.

    Great job!!

  2. That is such a brilliant idea! I love giving eco-friendly gifts and am totally one of those people who keep my Christmas cards... : ) Love it!!!

  3. That's a clever idea to reuse those Christmas cards! I feel like hunting for some right now.

  4. I feel silly that I had such a huge stack of them. Its nice to know I'm in good company.

  5. could I borrow your snowflake punch? Just kidding! Mary Miller

  6. Anytime Mary! Can I borrow your cottage?