How to Make Gummed Labels

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Gummed labels are used in a variety of instances, including as mailing labels for magazines and labels for wine bottles. These labels are self-adhesive and have a smooth paper backing that can be easily removed, making the labelling process easy. If you would like to make custom gummed labels for your own products or mailings, you can do so with a standard computer and a supply of pre-gummed labels or pre-gummed label paper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Gummed labels or gummed label paper
  • Computer
  • Software with label-making or graphics capabilities
  • Laser or inkjet printer
  • Scissors or paper cutter

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    Open the software that you will be using to make the labels. Programs like Microsoft Publisher have label options, as does Microsoft Word if you want to make standard address labels. Labels can also be created in a graphics software, such as Adobe Photoshop. In order to create a label in a program that doesn't have a label-specific template, you just need to create a canvas the same size as the label that you want to create.

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    Design the label. You can put anything that you want on your label as long as it fits. You may want to put a holiday design on labels for Christmas baskets or grapes on a wine label. Don't put too many images on the label so that the text is overshadowed. The label is useless if people can't read it.

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    Copy the design to the other labels. If you are making more than one of the same label, copy the entire label and paste it onto the new label. This will keep your labels more uniform than trying to recreate the design.

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    Print the labels onto gummed label paper. Some gum labelled paper is already divided up into labels. Other gummed label paper is made like standard sheets of paper. You can print several labels onto one sheet by creating a file with a canvas the same size as the gummed label paper and copying several labels onto the same sheet. Gummed label paper can be found at craft stores and some office supply stores.

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    Cut labels if they are not pre-cut. Gummed label paper can be cut with simple scissors, but you may find that you get straighter cuts if you invest in a paper cutter. Once the labels are cut, simply peel off the backing and attach them to their intended objects.

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