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Sweet Idea: Maple Syrup Labels




It's easy to forget that hidden inside every maple tree are the beginnings of rich, delicious syrup. This winter, why not make some of your own? 

In mid-February, temperature changes within maple trees cause sap to start flowing. Retrieving it requires just a few simple tools, which you'll find in Tap My Trees' starter kit (available with metal buckets or less-expensive plastic).

The basic technique: Drill a hole in the tree, insert the spoutlike spile, and let the liquid drip until the bucket is full. Then, boil down the sap until it reaches a thick consistency. And voila: fresh, delectable maple syrup that will keep for two months in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer. (Download clip art for the bottles here.)

Starter kit with metal buckets, 
Glass syrup bottles with cap,


  1. Step 1

Martha Stewart Living, February 2010



Reviews (2)

  • onlinelabels 18 Feb, 2013

    We get a lot of homemade syrup makers coming to the company I work for to buy labels to put on their syrup bottles. They purchase round blank labels on sheets and then use Maestro Label Designer software to print onto the labels using their laser or inkjet printer. The round labels sizes are the most popular and look a lot better if you plan to give the syrup as a gift (or sell it). You can check out the round label sizes at

  • Puppet2 24 Jan, 2011

    I downloaded the template then used a program called Snag It from Then cut and pasted it into the Avery Label program which can be downloaded I think free at . Then I copied the label I chose until I had 30 labels and they fit on a page of 5160 address avery labels so I could print them out without having to cut them each out. Looks good and if I do not want to trim the label I do not have to I can just use the label as it is. Hope this helps someone.