Labels are commonly used to identify the contents of glass jars with pertinent information to the items such as freshness dates for food products. Gardeners label canning jars with harvest dates and a list of additives in the preserved crops. Food producers use printed decals affixed to glass with adhesive to label consumer goods. Any particular facts about the contents of a glass jar can be printed on a label and attached to the jar in one of three ways.
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Things you need
- Label stickers
- Pen or marker
- Index cards or coloured card stock
- Hole punch
- Decorative elastic or yarn
Apply stickers to glass jars with handwritten information. Use a pen or marker to write ingredients, dates or other applicable information on small stickers such as office name stickers. Blank stickers are sold in various shapes on rolls and sheets with decorative borders and shaded print fields. Affix the stickers to glass jars without covering any seams in the glass.
Tie the labels around glass jars with decorative elastic or yarn. Cut index cards or coloured card stock to make small labels. Print the necessary information on one side and use a hole punch to cut a hole into one corner. Cut a length of elastic or yarn to fit around the neck of the jar with excess for tying. Slip one end of the tie through the hole in the label and wrap the tie around the jar under the lid threads. Tie the elastic or yarn firmly around the jar with a square knot.
Label the lid of a glass jar. Write directly on the painted steel top of a jar lid with marker, or apply a small sticker to the lid. Lids for canning jars are marked with a space for stickers or print. Labels on lids will be easier to read if the glass jars are stored in a box or on a refrigerator shelf.
Tips and warnings
- Use rubbing alcohol and a nylon scrubber to remove the gummy adhesive from stickers after peeling them off glass jars or lids. Wash thoroughly with dish soap after cleaning with alcohol.
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