How to Make Free Homemade Wine Labels

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How to Make Free Homemade Wine Labels
Handwritten labels hint at the individual care taken with each wine bottle. (grape and wine bottle image by Paolo Frangiolli from

Make free homemade wine labels from common home or office supplies. Wine labels are essential for preserving information about the name, grape variety, origin and age of the wine until it is consumed. Many home winemakers choose to use inexpensive handmade labels for the bottles they keep for themselves. You can easily wash these labels away when you clean the bottles for reuse. Save money on wine labels by using materials that you have at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Paste

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  1. 1

    Locate scraps of paper that are about 4 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Wine labels do not need to be rectangles or squares, but they must have enough space to record information about the wine. Trim larger scraps of paper into 3- to 4-inch shapes.

  2. 2

    Use a marker to write information about the wine directly onto the label -- the name of the wine and winemaker; the types of grapes and their percentage in the blend; the location where the grapes where grown; and the year the wine was bottled.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin layer of paste to the back of the label where no text is written. Use a glue stick or craft adhesive to do this.

  4. 4

    Clean the outer surface of the wine bottle. Dry the glass completely.

  5. 5

    Press the adhesive side of the homemade wine label onto the bottle. Wait for the paste to dry completely according to the manufacturer's recommendations, before moving the bottle to storage.

Tips and warnings

  • Use pencils or pens if you don't have markers. Trace over the letters until they are bold enough to read.
  • Make a simple paste from flour and water if no glue is available. Dip a blank label in the flour adhesive and stick it onto the clean surface of the bottle. Write the information onto the label once it has dried completely.
  • Printing wine labels is not free, but it is much less expensive than having them printed. Seal the printed ink with a clear acrylic spray sealant to avoid bleeding.
  • Wines labelled for sale are required to contain volume and warning information, as well as a bar code. Handmade labels are generally only used for privately made and consumed wines.

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