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How to Make Your Own Bottle Labels

Updated April 17, 2017

Home beverage hobbyists spend hours, days and months making their own personal brands of wine, beer and even soda. Once you've perfected your craft, you'll want to share your beverages with friends and loved ones, maybe even start a business. You don't have to spend a lot of money to have labels made by professional printing companies. With self-adhesive labels, a computer and a printer, you can make your own customised labels right at home.

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  1. Create the design for your bottle labels using image-editing software like Photoshop or Illustrator. Make sure the design is simple and easy to read, yet reflects both your style and the style of the beverage as well.

  2. Print out the image on plain paper before you print out the self-adhesive labels. Cut out the label shape and make sure it fits properly on the bottles and that it looks like you imagined it would when it's actually on the bottle.

  3. Print the labels. Wait for the labels to dry completely.

  4. Apply the labels to your bottle carefully, as many self-adhesive labels are not easy to remove and re-place once they adhere.

  5. Tip

    Always put labels on after filling the bottles so the labels don't get wet. If your bottles are filled with a cold beverage, wait until the beverage returns to room temperature to ensure the bottle isn't "sweating" when you apply the label.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bottles
  • Image-editing software
  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Self-adhesive labels

About the Author

Deborah has been creating and managing web content for over ten years. She has a BA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in screenwriting from The American Film Institute. Her writing has appeared in the Netbook web guides, and she has created and managed content for Yahoo,, and dozens of websites ranging from web comics to IBM and GE.

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