How to Make Your Own Liquor Labels

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How to Make Your Own Liquor Labels
Dress up a simple liquor bottle with a homemade label. (rojo image by abarro from

Whether you are making your own liquor or simply want to customise a store-bought bottle, homemade labels provide the perfect extra touch. If you can use a computer, you can make your very own liquor bottle labels. Customise your homemade label for a specific occasion or just for fun. The possibilities are endless, so set your fear aside and get creative with this simple and easy project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper, 8 1/2 -inch by 11-inch
  • Computer
  • Word processor
  • Printer
  • Rubber cement
  • Spray lacquer
  • Liquor bottles
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

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  1. 1

    Measure your bottle. Use the measuring tape to determine what size you will need to make your label. Measure the perimeter of the bottle if you are using a completely round bottle. Measure the front panel only if you are using a square or odd-shaped bottle.

  2. 2

    Design your label. Use your computer's word processor to design your label. Insert text, pictures, clip art or symbols to decorate your label. Use either a text box or the measurement tool along the top or bottom of the word processor to scale your label to size. Design the label to be about 1/4-inch shorter so it does not overlap.

  3. 3

    Conduct a test run. Print one copy of your label. Re-measure the label with your measuring tape to ensure you have scaled the label to size. Cut out the label. Position the label on your liquor bottle and affix the label with scotch tape. Continue onto the next step if you are satisfied with the look of your liquor bottle. Re-design your label if you are not satisfied.

  4. 4

    Print and attach the labels. Print the desired number of labels and cut out each label. Apply a thin line of rubber cement on the back side of the label along each edge. Place one end of the label onto the bottle and press down firmly. Gently pull the opposite end of the label taught. Use your other hand to press the label onto the bottle starting at the attached edge. Smooth the label to get rid of any bubbles that may have formed. Allow the rubber cement to dry before moving on to the next step.

  5. 5

    Finish the bottle. Apply the spray lacquer over the label in smooth even strokes. Do not touch the lacquer until it is completely dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have made your own liquor and are presenting it as a gift, include the recipe and let your friends in on your secret.

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