Simply Brilliant Canning Labels

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I don’t get to brag on my readers enough but let me tell you, y’all are some brilliant people. You are also some of the absolute nicest folks I’ve ever had a chance to know and seeing you gathering around my virtual front porch here on Southern Plate has been one of the most fulfilling joys of my life (aside from my kiddies!). When I say I am grateful, I hope you know that if you are reading this, you are one of the things I am grateful for.

One of my brilliant readers sent me the neatest idea for canning labels and I just absolutely love them. They even gave me permission to share them with you so that you can love them, too! These are so much nicer than sticker labels and there is no residue to deal with. I just know you’ll think this idea is as neat as I do!

From Lee:

These canning jar “lid labels” are made from card stock and they are very simple. The best part is that they are not glued or stuck onto to the jars. If you want, they could even be re-used or laminated. With a little digging on the internet for clip art you can find something for just about anything you want to can.

I have attached my word files I used to print the labels, feel free to have them and share them at will. After you have edited the document, use one of your jar rings to make everything can bee seen in the ring opening. I then print them out on both sides of the card-stock. If you use both documents they will line up when you flip the card stock over. However, I do suggest a quick test print on plain paper to see if it is all set and looks good first.

After you have them printed, use the jar ring and a sharp pencil to trace the outside of the ring while trying to get as close to the “underside” of the curve as you can. The closer you can trace the ring, the easier it is to simply cut along the edges of the pencil line and have it fit inside the canning ring perfectly. If you wish to laminate the labels, print them out, trace the circles and then have your local office store laminate the whole sheet before cutting them out.

Here are the ones I made for my Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam that I am canning tomorrow.


As you see, there is plenty of room for what ever you wish to print inside the lid.

There should be more than enough room for a full ingredient list too!


To download these labels which can be easily personalized to suit your needs, please click the files below.

Download Labels front

Download Labels Back

Thank you so very much to Lee for sending this in to me! Here are the results!



I’ll never use stickers again!


Christy 🙂

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  1. We just got done canning salsa (98 pounds of tomatoes!) and we wanted a removable label because I hate scrubbing the labels off!! So we tried this. I also went to Michaels craft store and bought a 2.5 inch craft punch ($16, but got it half price for $8) that cut perfect circles and makes it super easy! (we had too when we had so many cans to put labels on I wasnt going to hand cut them)

  2. I just made my first batch of home-made jam (ever!) and I was hunting around for an elegant labeling solution. I wasn’t thrilled by the idea of sticky labels either because of the residue, but I didn’t want a “tie-on” label either. This truly falls into the brilliant idea category – thanks so much for sharing it! Will definitely be following suit.

  3. Hi,

    I just printed these off of blueberry jam, raspberry jam and next will be trying blueberry currant jam.

    Thank you, these are perfect!

    oh yeah, last night I had your chicken n dumplings-oh so yummy. thank you for the recipes. they are great!

  4. I have never canned but I want to now just to design the neat labels!!! Both of my Grandmothers canned and I especially loved the Mayhaw Jelly my Granny put up every year. I don’t even know where to get Mayhaws from but I sure loved the jelly! Thanks again for another great idea and for possibly tempting me to try putting up preserves!

  5. The other day everyone was discussing weird things they eat. My husband loves peanut butter and jalapeno sandwiches. So, after searching I found a great recipe for peach-jalapeno jam that makes his sandwiches even better and I can actually fix them for him. I just had this thing about adding the peppers to peanut butter LOL

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