DIY Favor Labels

Well, we’re experiencing somewhat of a heat-wave here today, with temperatures expected to get up into the near 40s! I do like the colder weather, but it’s been just a bit too cold for me. After a week of weather in the single digits and teens, I’ll happily take 39 degrees. I suppose we’re luckier here than those in other parts of the country who have been experiencing some hellishly cold weather so I should be thankful for that. In celebration of today’s “warm” weather, I thought I’d share a project I completed way back in the summertime (July, I think?).

Apple Butter with DIY TagsAlthough I had to make over 100 of them, the little circular labels I made for our homemade apple butter wedding favors were conceptually pretty simple. Smaller circles glued onto bigger circles that had a scalloped edge. I also designed the labels to have a front and back, and created the text as well. For the bulk of the job, I used my silhouette cameo to cut the circles and print the text, but you could easily use a circle cutter and your own handwriting.

DIY Favor Label Pieces

I used:

  • My Silhouette Cameo to design and plot the text, then to cut the circles. If you don’t have a paper cutting machine, you could easily purchase a circle cutter, like this one, or this one. Or something like this one, if you’re feeling especially fancy.
  • White cardstock for the center circles (of course you can use any color you want!)
  • Tan/Brown cardstock for the larger scalloped-edge circles (I had to use two different browns because when I ran back to the store to get some more after I had used up what I bought, the store was sold out of the color I had been using)
  • Glue (a glue stick, rubber cement, any old lightweight glue that is suitable for paper will work)
  • A single-hole punch (to punch a circle through the center of the finished label, in order to string the twine through)
  • Jute twine to attach the circles to the jars
  • You may also want a nice ink pen or a marker, to write on the label once it’s assembled.

Assembled Label

After cutting out all of the circles (double the amount of white ones, because my labels were two-sided), I glued them all together, inserting a larger scalloped circle between two white ones, making sure they were centered (although not all of them were perfect). Then, I used a single hole punch to punch a little hole at the top, through all three pieces, in order to attach the label to the mason jars. Then, I went to town, tying them all onto the jars, one by one. A single knotted bow seemed to work alright, but I found out pretty quickly that the best way to get the twine to stay on the jars was to add a little dot of hot glue in one spot underneath the twine, to affix it to the jar – a little tip from me to you :)

Apple Butter Jars with DIY Labels

These were definitely a labor of love, but I was really happy with how they turned out.



A Homemade Apple Butter Adventure

Last year, the hubs (then fiance) and I took a trip to upstate New York to visit my dear friends Anna and Garrett. It was a great weekend, we enjoyed a make-your-own-pizza night at their church, shopped at my favorite little bulk food market (because, cheese curds), visited a few farmers markets, played with Anna & Garrett’s goats….and made a ton of apple butter.

Why, you ask?

Because we gave 4oz jars of apple butter as wedding favors. :)

Apple Butter Wedding Favors

It was fun, but it was  a full day (and a half!) of work. Together, we ended up with roughly 165 small jars of apple butter. The people at the farmers market might have thought we were crazy.

Apple Butter Ingredients

Since we were making so much, we had an outrageous recipe.

We used:

  • 5.8 gallons of cider
  • 1.76 bushels of apples, different varieties
  • 8.8 lbs of sugar
  • Cinnamon & nutmeg to taste

Our portions, however, ended up very approximate (because I don’t’ know who is going to measure out exactly 1.76 bushels of apples…). We followed this recipe, very loosely.

And we peeled. We peeled and we peeled. We broke out the peeler and the corer, and peeled some more.

Peeling Apples

Peeled Apples

And the goats enjoyed the fruits (ha) of our labor.

Goats Eating Apple Peels

We started by boiling down the cider until it thickened, then added the apples and sugar and simmered them until they could be easily mashed. This took hours, and lots of constant stirring. By the end we had 3 stove pots and two crock pots going! When it was about finished, we added some cinnamon & nutmeg. All the while we sanitized the jars for canning, and had canners boiling away at the ready.

Apples in the Pot

It was a fairly messy process, but it all came together in the end.

Garrett and Apples

This was my first experience with canning. Why not jump in with both feet, right? It was great to learn about the process with friends who are much more experienced. I felt like a pro after 150+ jars canned. I can can anything!

Canned Apple Butter

Phew. It was definitely a labor of love. But it came out great (if I do say so) and it was so nice to give wedding favors that we had crafted ourselves, with the help of Anna and Garrett (thanks, A & G)! Since the jars were sanitized and hermetically sealed, the apple butter kept perfectly – we just made sure to store it in a cool, dry place.

And in case you were looking for a recipe that’s a little bit more reasonably proportionate, here are some other yummy-sounding apple butter recipes: