In an earlier post I shared my Lemon Curd recipe and related how I was planning to make this delicious tangy custard as one of my DIY gifts for family and friends.
This is actually the first time I would be doing something like this, so I was a bit nervous. Now, after accomplishing the canning of 10 jars I feel quite accomplished. And truth be told I had the most fun doing it!
The difficult task was actually finding the right jars. I knew I wanted 3 to 4 ounces of square-shaped glass containers, but most of the ones I have seen are either circular or octagon in shape. Finally I found a vendor that carried them, and as a bonus they had gold metal lug caps that I thought was the perfect color! I purchased a small bulk and sterilized them at home.
The next task was to create the labels.
I have been toying with the idea of creating my own. Initially I thought of ‘Cara’s Kitchen‘, but the phrase ‘Simple Sweets‘ was also on my mind. So I decided to use them together!
I also wanted to add a personal message to indicate my gifts are home made so I added, ‘goodies from our home to yours. always made with love‘.
It is quite funny (to me at least!) that when it came to choosing my label colors I still gravitate to my blog’s hues of black, white, lemon green, and turquoise blue. So why not use it again? After all the design has to encapsulate things that I adore!
I designed a total of 4 prototype front labels and finally chose one done in the simple square.
Once I knew what the label shape, font, and colors were, I created the back label. This would contain information on how to enjoy the lemon curd.
Then printed them up, hand cut them, and started placing them on the front and back of the jars! I thought they look cute. I sent a photo to my friend, Tet, as she was also busy designing her DIY tea holiday gifts. She messaged me back and thought they look good!
I made the lemon curd a day early, so I got them out of the fridge and started placing them onto the jars. Voila! They are done! I placed them back in the refrigerator to keep them fresh until I was ready to wrap them up.
Whenever I go to an event where I would see a family member or friend, I would take the lemon curd jar out of the fridge and wrap them up.
This DIY project was quite enjoyable! Now I know why crafters encourage creating your own gifts. I agree when they say it makes for a joyous and absolutely thoughtful moment, and certainly made with love!
How about you? Have you done any DIY gifts ? Let me know!