Fun Jar Labels

In my attempt to use less plastic to store food, I have taken to using more glass jars. One problem we seem to be having is identifying what exactly is in that jar, especially when one jar has milk, another kefir and still another yogurt. Yes, very problematic. They all look the same from the outside. It’s been too many times that one has poured kefir over their bowl of cereal and been VERY surprised at the first spoonful. Yikes. It was time to seek a solution.

First I tried to use a label maker. This worked great at first, especially for my pantry items, like Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, Brown Rice and Navy Beans. But for other items that we tend to use up quickly, like Crispy Almonds, I found I had issues. For one, after I washed this jars, the label began to show signs of wear. It began to bubble up a bit from the side. I didn’t like the way this looked. Then, when I needed a jar for kefir and all I had clean was a Crispy Walnuts jar, it became frustrating. Kefir in a walnut jar?

So, my search began. I needed a way to label my jars that looked cute, neat, and wouldn’t be obliterated in the dishwasher.

My solution? Key tags.

Don’t they look cute and neat?

I think so.

And when I need to wash the jar, I simply slip off the label and tuck it into a drawer for the next time I need it. The problem I see is if the string gets mucky. You know, if some kefir or smoothie gets on the string, I don’t want mold growing on it. For this problem I decided the solution was easy. Either rinse the string with water or cut it off and make a new one. I can keep the tag (the most expensive part of this system) and cut myself a new section of string.

Wanna make some cute labels yourself? It’s easy. And will cost you about $10 for 50 labels.

Key Tags ($8.59), Roll of string (a couple bucks)


To start, place a key tag on a your sting.

To find the exact length of string needed for your jar, find the little indent that goes around your lid…

then wrap around your string and tie a knot.

Now, slip your cute key tag over the jar you want labelled.

Then, go crazy and label every jar you can find.

Have fun and let me know if you make your own labels.

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About kathleen

I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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8 Responses to Fun Jar Labels

  1. Wendy says:

    Very cute! Makes me want to switch to jars just for looks.

  2. Dawna says:

    That is so weird, I have been changing to more glass too. Although I don’t think I have as many things that look the same. I label them anyway because my memory doesn’t work anymore. When someone asks, “hey mom! What is this?” I don’t want to have to keep tasting things, especially different forms of flour that all taste the same.

    Your labels are very attractive, good work!

  3. Misty says:

    I love this! Have been lurking around on Pintrest…?

  4. Joan Porter says:

    I love this idea and your printing on the labels is so nice. So glad you considered the “cute” factor….very important to us women.

  5. kathleen says:

    Thanks! That is a huge compliment coming from the Queen-of-Cute…you know, Cute Shed and all. 🙂

  6. kathleen says:

    Dawna, I know…labeling is good for memory loss. Hee. Hee. By the way, I have all kinds of different shapes and sizes of jars too. I just make the string into different lengths.

  7. kathleen says:

    Misty, I haven’t been on Pintrest in a LONG time. I can’t remember how to get there. I haven’t tried too hard either. Hmmm. I think I need to.

  8. kathleen says:

    Thanks, Mom! I learned from Misty that if you are going to look at it again and again, you should take a little time and print nicely. Taking time to make anything look pretty is not so much my forte, but hey, there’s a first for everything.

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