My favorite toast condiment–after butter of course–is Bonne Maman raspberry jam. It’s tart, not too sweet and has the perfect consistency for spreading on toast. I also love to use it as a filling for cookies, cakes and swirled in vanilla ice cream. Every once in a while I’ll go out on a limb and buy fig, mixed berry or the occasional apricot but I always come back to the classic raspberry.
It’s an understatement to say that I’ve gone through a few jars of this jam.
After filling the empty jar with leftover bacon grease and storing it in the back of the fridge (great for sautéing brussels sprouts or adding to cornbread), I realized that these jars are just TOO cute to not use on the daily.
I know I’m not breaking any creative boundaries by converting jars into drinking glasses but I like the idea of turning the old into something new. Especially when I can use the glasses during a summer picnic (check them out in my last post) or fill them with apple cider spritzers on Thanksgiving day.
The gold leafing process is so easy that once I start I just can’t stop. I’ve gold leafed coasters, succulent pots, mason jars, wooden trays, my living room side tables and so much more. If you’re looking for all of the ingredients to get this done, check out one of my favorite DIY stores, Suite Pieces. They also sell quirky restored furniture, really cool art and Annie Sloane Chalk Paint (which is totally awesome).
By the end of this you’ll have new sparkly gold leaf jam jars that will hopefully drive you crazy with joy. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Gold Leaf Jam Jars
What You’ll Need:
4 (or more) Bonne Maman jam jars
1 large bowl of hot water
2 feet of gold foil paper
1 roll of paper tape
1 small disposable paint brush
Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel
Artisan Enhancements Clear Finish
Clean Bonne Maman jars and submerge in hot soapy water to soften the label. Let soak for 5 minutes and the label will peel right off!
Dry jars and tape off two wide triangles, one on each side of each jar.
Apply a light coat of Transfer Gel within the tapes stripe with a paint brush and let dry for at least 45 minutes until tacky.
Cut the gold foil into squares and apply shiny side down onto two sides of the jar.
Press down the gold foil and remove slowly.