Labels for the Holiday Mix in a Jar Recipes

Well, like many of you I am swamped with the hours spent at work, holiday gift creating and shopping plus trying to get the home decorated, cards mailed and the blog kept up (whew, tired just thinking about it).  I’ve been promising more on wrap for food gifts and am taking a moment to toss up a PDF file you can download of holiday labels for the recipes in a jar I’ve posted. I’ve added a blank label page as well. They fit easily on any regular mason jar. Ever pragmatic, I prefer the label right on the jar as I’ve received jar gifts (bean soups from the kiddies in kindergarten) where the jar and the tag became separated.  I want the instructions stuck on as the vast majority of my gift recipients truly prefer pragmatism as well.

 A square or circle of cloth or paper over the lid could be the finishing touch instead of a bow. If you want to use the blank labels as lid toppers, just print at 125% – any bigger and you won’t see the label on the jar. For labels on the jars just print at 100%. Stuck on the ribbon for the photo – but in the basket I’m planning full of things, I’d trim the ties up a bit maybe use a deep purple for contrast. I won’t truly decide finishing touches until I have all the items together with the “vessel”.

The pumpkin muffins will be packaged the mix, the small can of pumpkin (I used a purchased cello bag for in the photos above and below) plus a cello bag with the molasses in a 4 ounce jam jar and a packet of cream cheese.  I’ll also include some sourdough in a jam jar with a mix for multigrain or gingerbread waffles and maple syrup (chosen recipe to come), plus the oatmeal tea loaves with the oatmeal mix jars of those as well. So many folks I know work oodles and oodles of hours per week and take off over the holidays. One of the joys of that time is being able to enjoy leisurely breakfasts. So the brunch baskets are always a treat. If I were giving the muffins with extras alone or a two mix jars – a simple hand sewn stocking (or purchased) would be a perfect holder.

I simply used the paper I normally run through my HP printer (Costco or Office Depot stock). Cardstock might be too hard to wrap easily; this label mirrors the Classico sauce label in that it wraps the jar ever so slightly. Brush the back with Modge Podge or something similar and place it on your jar. Really press the edges but be careful not to rub with your fingertip over the indented lettering if your choice of jar has that. I simply used the flat part of an extended finger to smooth and press over that area. I deliberately chose to use regular print, not photo quality and no spraying clear gloss or Modge Podge over the top as I like the handmade non-glossy look and feel of the jars.

The photos are mine on the labels with photos, clip art courtesy of Microsoft Office Clipart download for the labels with clip art. I’ve put links to the recipe on the labels, as with the muffins you’ll find the dry ingredients aren’t included should the recipient want to replicate them. There simply wasn’t enough room. I only ask that if you post your gift with my labels to your blog, you note labels courtesy of  and link to the download on my site – do not copy and upload the PDF files to your site. Of course, don’t sell the labels or add the labels to a collection to sell.  I don’t sell items; I’m simply sharing what I’ve created for my own gifts.  All 3 pages of labels are in the one PDF file.

Jar Mix Label  

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Classics never go out of style

Egads, in searching out a favorite site I recall from eons back on making Halloween tombstones (and I found it, these were top-notch, meant to be built once and last Wolfstone Halloween Host Tombstone how to),  I found a copy of a post I made on the Gardenweb junk forum regarding Halloween decorations in October 2005, fifteen years ago!  “Forget the Backyard …” was its title, we were offering solutions for “Dragoness MS” who wanted Halloween decorations on the cheap as her neighborhood, although standing, was recovering from Katrina.

 Nifty little bit on the Mac I have, I can save any webpage as a .pdf.  Used to just save links, but then a favorite gardening magazine with truly top notch instructions online for various wood crafted items went out of biz and took down their web.  Now if I love it, I try to save more than a link.  I’d saved this particular post as someone had put free vintage images within the posting and it was a collection of fun Halloween stuff. 

 Wow, I do say in a post a few down, everything old is new again. The painted Halloween jars aka lanterns are all over the linkys and Pinterest this year.  I don’t have pictures for the crafted items as I moved and these older things didn’t make the cut for packing space (too easy to replace).  From Oct 7, 2005:

“Basically, for the ghosts, you invert tomato cages and string white Christmas lights around them. Then, cover with the Ghost (EASY – a front and a back – if you don’t sew you can use glue) and the faces are painted on.  You don’t really need the pattern. They use white craft felt but any heftier white/ tea stained fabric (Osnaburg for a nice look) would do. Use stick tepees instead of tomato cages.

 Lanterns – use clean jars (I’m personally fond of Classico spaghetti sauce as it has nice flat sides and for other crafts clean new mason jar lids fit). Use contact paper or WIDE painters tape and cut out four Halloween shapes (bats, cats, ghoulish face, wide toothy grin, nose, eyes like jack o lantern) and 99 cent paint from WM.  Place a shape on each side or just one – invert jars on a stick in the ground (empty wine bottle, whatever) and spray away (I do cover the area with old newspapers as I tend to be messy). You can also spray the shape area first (orange, light purple) and then do the black coat (looks much better, use painters tape not contact paper if doing this – you can also stencil a face on at the end). I’ve traced around Halloween cookie cutters, used the shape from rubber stamps and see this year has some good, downloadable images along with a beautifully executed version of the jars. Place in a bit of sand (optional) and a tea light (battery ok if not raining or you put the lid back on, candle ok but know kiddies may wander over up close  to stare in and some costumes are flammable) – la voila. String wire around the tops to hang them. I may do all ghoulish faces this year and have the outer coat purple or icky green.”

Do visit Wolfstone’s site and note that he navigates to more detailed pages and updates (they made them a few times so many years apart and included their learnings and improvements). His gravestones are incredible and, if you follow his method, they will last.

Resurrecting this post for 21st Century Housewife’s Gallery of favorites and Half Past Kissin Time’s Saturday Sampling.

Everything old is new again, the glued cake stand

True confessions time.  CompuServe was my first online presence (as Deirdre, a nice Irish name) and AOL my second (4 identities there).  I’m calling attention to this as there’s an apropos phrase “everything old is new again”.  Folks have been doing some things for so long that it’s hard to give credit to whoever may have been the first. 

Case in point is the glued together cupcake/cake stand.  My own introduction to this was through Gardenweb Junk forum.  Gardenweb used to be a great discussion board created and run buy a guy named Spike. But, Spike sold it.  Parts are still very active, some not so much. Many great crafty folks and gardeners have left the site as, unlike our newer social networking sites aka Facebook, many discussions boards (Gardenweb being one) threaten to throw you out (and they seem to be able to bar all id’s associated with your computer) if you link folks outside the site.  So, if some poor soul desperately needs embroidery machine software advice on one of the Home Forums and you know of 2 nifty Yahoo groups where she might get answers and you’re kind enough to post that – ping, out you go. And, poor soul can’t get her expensive machine working. Now that you stand warned, know I may often link over there in acknowledgement of a project’s origins. There were (and may still be) GREAT craft artists on Garden Junk  and one of the later spin-off forums Hypertufa.  There’s also great gardening advice and pictures in many of its forums. But it’s pop ups/ads galore now and a dictatorial style of management.

The gardenwebers were gluing things together to place around their gardens in the 90’s (pennies or marbles on bowling balls, teacups with saucers on copper pipe as bird feeders, stacked wood items, glued china and glass items as totems, and of course glued china and glass became cake stands).

My latest project is late to the game of glued together cake stands. But, seeing differing approaches is why we blog surf, so here goes.






I like glass – it can match any holiday. I can use paper doilies or make a cloth holiday doily to place under items.  For those of you with 99 cent stores – they have glass (or black plates or white, all nice basics). I chose a sugar bowl plus dinner size glass plate for a grand total of $1.98 plus tax.  I already had the E6000 glue.  Some folks use GE Silicone II, others Gorilla Glue or Super Glue. Just think, I could make 5 of them to place down the center of the table for less than $10.00. I can make it taller or combo short and tall by using glass sundae cups, candle holders or vases. I’ve seen some made with mugs and cups but I’m not a fan of the “it’s obviously a cup glued upside down look”.

One hint on a YouTube video I searched when looking for instructions to link you to (and now can’t find, sigh) is to use a washable marker and mark the center of your plate on its underside, carefully center the base and mark on the plate bottom four dots or points just outside the edge of your base so you’ll center correctly. Be sure to wipe off the center dot before you glue if you’re gluing glass (or it will ALWAYS be there) and when you’re done gluing you can wash off the marks outside the rim of the base you used for centering. It’s very easy to glue them off center a tad which just won’t look as nice.  You also want to be sure the area you’re gluing is spotlessly clean – no fingerprints.  I constructed it upside down, using a toothpick to spread some glue on the plate bottom, placing the upside down sugar bowl on top of that and a book on top of the whole thing to weight it while the glue dryed. The whole thing only took minutes to put together. I did work on newspaper to protect my counters.

As mentioned, I like to link you to instructions for items that have been done for years. No reason for me to take the time to rekey it all over again.  I hop onto Google or YouTube, see what I can find and here you go. So, for a simple how to tutorial go here: Armelle Jewelry’s Tutorial.  For a visual, go to  YouTube and key in “cake stand how to” or “cupcake stand how to”.  If you stumble across the one where she uses a washable marker to mark the center, please send me a link so I can update this post. Don’t forget to handwash these puppies – no telling what the heat and water in a dishwasher might do to the glue.