How to make book labels

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How to make book labels
Completed Book Label (P. Gaulin; background by ba1969)

Make your own book labels for your personal library. The label can show off the reader's personality. It can be classic, using a script font and time-worn colours reminiscent of library, including brown and tan. For a contemporary style, use minimum letter and bold colours. Retro style book labels may incorporate pastel colours and polka dot borders. Make book labels as gifts for family or friends. Include a brand new book as part of the gift, and place the label sheets inside.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Label paper
  • Clear laminate
  • Scissors
  • Colour printer

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    Open a new document in a word processing. Use the picture tool to draw a rectangle. Copy and paste the rectangle six to eight times to fill up the page. The amount you can fit on the page will be determined by the size of the original shape. You can also download a pre-made label template from or a sheet of tag shapes from

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    Create a text box. Type in "This Book is the Property of:" and leave the rest of the label blank. Use the underscore on the keyboard to draw a blank line indicating where the name will be written. Choose a typeface which is pleasing to you. It could be a script type, which looks fancy and formal. Add in your name to make personalised labels. Choose to include a first name only, or a first and last name. Proofread the first label for accuracy. Copy the text and paste it onto all labels on the page.

    How to make book labels
  3. 3

    Add book-related clip art or images to the book label by downloading them from You can also add a current photo to the label, which could be a small portrait of the book's owner. A photo will introduce a quick visual element to the label, which can be useful for sorting books that belong to siblings or children.

    How to make book labels
    William Shakespeare; Public Domain Image
  4. 4

    Proofread the entire sheet of labels, before printing. Correct any errors or adjust any graphics. Print out the completed labels on a sheet of label paper. Leave the sheet of book labels in the printer to let the ink dry.

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    Cut a piece of clear laminate the size of the labels and place on top of the sheet of labels. Press firmly to attach the laminate. Cut the labels out with scissors. Peel the back off the labels and stick them onto the inside covers of books.

Tips and warnings

  • This same template can be used to make DVD labels, video game labels or CD labels, simply change the work book to the right word.
  • Add a frame or a border to the label for an additional graphic element.
  • Do not place labels in books which you might want to sell at a later date.

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