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!

38 Responses to Packaging Up Lemon Curd

  1. faconconnect says:

    I love the way you wrapped the jars! Really cute! This is a really nice DIY.

  2. robin masshole mommy says:

    Those labels are absolutely PERFECT! Good for you – you clearly have an eye for things that are going to catch someone else’s 🙂

  3. these labels and jars are so cute! What a wonderful idea. I have never had lemon curds before, but it sounds oddly delicious.

  4. love the adorable jars and labels! Also, I have never heard of lemon curds, but looks delish.

  5. GlamKaren says:

    Like, you need to open up a business and sell these for real. The lemon curd sounds amazing and your packaging and custom labels are super chic! I’ll take 5! Thanks…

  6. I would so buy this and I know how to make the curd! Loving the packaging so much. Combining the name was a brilliant move.

  7. Janel says:

    What a creative gift. I bet your friends and family appreciate how much love and thought you put into making this gift. I know I would!

  8. Divya Mathur says:

    I’m not particularly good at DIY stuff, but this I could manage! What a cute idea 🙂

  9. reesann723 says:

    I love little bottles like these! Such beautiful gifts! They’d be great for a baby or bridal shower!

  10. What an awesome gift! This would be perfect for mother’s day coming up! Saving now!

  11. Debra says:

    I would love a gift like this – that is so creative and different. I love unique gifts like that!

  12. Roxanne says:

    These are adorable! We have made homemade sugar hand scrub as teacher gifts.

  13. meximoments says:

    What an interesting recipe! Your labels and jars are so creative! Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a useful post! I love the little labels you’ve made as well, proper creative & cute! xx

  15. I made pillows for my friends in college, but I haven’t done anything DIY in years. I have thought about it though, as homemade gifts are so nice to give and receive.

  16. I have never made lemon curd but i want to now! Thanks for the great idea!

  17. Carolyn says:

    I would love to receive these as gifts. They look beautiful and I love anything with lemon!

  18. What a great gift idea. I did something like this for Christmas with mason Jars but add Hershey kisses. A lot of work and love goes into homemade gifts. I bet the lemon curd tastes great.

  19. I love this idea. I also would love to try lemon curd. Lemon is my all time favourite so I have a feeling I’d LOVE this!

  20. Kristin says:

    Well I certainly would love to receive a jar of delicious lemon curd. Yours turned out so great and I bet it tastes so good!

  21. Kit Stanwood says:

    This is so cute!! what a great DIY! and I LOVE your labels! If your not already selling stuff at a farmers market you should be!

  22. You were so right to go with square shaped jars. I think they turned out fantastic, Cara!

  23. This is such a cute idea and that lemon curd looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Amber Nelson says:

    It looks delicious and you definitely make the presentation appealing as well.

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