DIY Wednesday: Red Wine Jelly

This time of year as the weather gets colder and the leaves begin to fall is my favorite time to can.  Can?  Can can can you do the can-can?  No not the dance!  If Canning is a foreign term to you it’s the process of preserving food in pretty little glass jars.  The only canning I’ve ever done involves either Jellies and Jams or Pickled Beets.  Since Pickled Beets (I know they sound gross but they are insanely good) is a secret family recipe I’ve decided to share the recipe for my very popular Christmas gift Wine Cellar Jelly also know as Red Wine Jelly.  It’s the absolute easiest jelly to make, really, if this is your first canning rodeo this is the jelly for you!  Not a fan of red wine?  Have your head examined…or…Try it with any type of wine you enjoy…hint: the cheaper the wine the better the result!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Case of jars with lids and rings (Walmart or your local grocer should have these)
  • 3 1/2 cups wine
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (2 ounce) package dry pectin
  • 4 1/2 cups white sugar
  • Ladle
  • Two large pots
  • I strongly recommend you head to your local Walmart and pick up the canning set made by Ball and pictured below.  I won’t can a thing without it!  It makes life so much easier doll!


  1. Open up your jars and run them through the dish washer along with your rings and lids (no other dishes should be with them).  Don’t have a dishwasher?  Boil them in a big pot to sterilize them.
  2. In one pot start to boil enough water to fully cover a jars placed in the pot later.
  3. Combine wine, lemon juice, and pectin in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved.
  5. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam off top, if necessary.
  6. Ladle hot jelly into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  7. Tighten 2 piece lids and rings.
  8. Now fully submerse the sealed jars in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove and allow to sit out and cool, shortly you’ll start to hear “pop………pop…pop…….pop…………..pop”  and that is the sound every canner loves! That means your jars are sealing air tight!  This takes a while and every jar is different and will “pop” in it’s own time if you’ve done the process correctly.

Now The Fun Part:  Presentation!


I LOVE this idea!!!  Go to your local thrift shop, second hand store, or even your dollar store and pick up some glass candle stick holder.  Grab some clear glass glue from the hardware store and turn your jelly into a work of art wine glass worthy of Etsy!  BUT be sure to wait until after your jelly is jarred and cooled to attach the candle stick holder!


How adorable are these!  ”Spread the Love” with print at home labels you can grab at any office supply store and customize on your computer.  Grab some matching fabric, or scraps you have lying around, some rubber bands and go to town!


These are so bright and sunny!  Once again fabric over the top but get a whole different look by tying them off with twine and adding a little tag printed off on card stock and cut out in a circle.  circles make everything a little more mod if you as me.


Easy and in inexpensive!  Grab a pack of paper doilies from the dollar tree and some decorative scissors along with a little tape and colored paper and your done!  Looks a lot like grandma’s jam jars, no?



Simple yet super cute!  Before you start the canning process trace one of your lids on as a template onto your paper of choice (think of all the amazing scrapbook papers out there).  Now stamp it, write on it, draw, glue things to it, whatever strikes your fancy!  Tie a bow of ribbon, raffia, twine, heck throw a feather boa around it!  The possibilities are literally endless!


Just looking for something simple?  Here are some labels you can print on label paper and stick right on the jar OR you can print them on card stock, punch a hole in them and tie them on with ribbon.



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  1. Aleciajoe says:

    Could fruit be added to the jelly or do you have to do something else to add fruit.

    • The Discount Dame says:

      Hi Aleciajoe,
      You can add fruit pieces, just cut up your fruit into cubes and cook in the wine mixture after it’s reached it’s boiling point. Let me know how it turns out :)

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