How to Make Custom Water Bottle Labels

Did you grab some printable water labels or want to make your own, but not sure how? Don’t worry! I’ll show you how to make custom water bottle labels at home using a standard inkjet printer.

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Learn the supplies you need to make custom water bottle labels, the best paper for water bottle labels, and how to print your own custom water bottle labels.

Having custom labels for a special event such as company picnics, birthday parties, bridal showers or baby showers is a great idea and a great way to add personalization for special occasions. Luckily, with the right materials printing your own water bottle labels at home with a standard inkjet printer is easy .

SUPPLIES NEEDED

BEST PAPER FOR WATER BOTTLES & WINE BOTTLES

There are so many different types of labels that can be used. I find that our Pretty, Party & Crafty’s glossy white vinyl sticker paper to be the best paper labels for water bottles, wine bottles, and more. It creates waterproof labels that can be cold, chilled in ice and submerged in water without smearing, when printed correctly. So, no need to use the DIY method of laminating it, using scotch tape or using clear packing tape to protect it because it is already water resistant. Because it’s not pre-sized, you can use it to label various items.

The best part: this sticker paper is made for inkjet printers, so you don’t have to use a specialty printer or laser printers to yield a waterproof label. I find that using adhesive paper instead of card stock or photo paper is the best choice for label materials.

best paper for water bottle labels

HOW TO DESIGN DIY WATER BOTTLE LABELS

I am a hard-core Adobe fan. I used to use programs like Microsoft Word to make my own labels. Now, I exclusively use Adobe products, such as Adobe Photoshop, for designing personalized water bottle labels and party printables. You can get the Photography Plan for just 9.99 a month here or check out Canva Pro, which gives you access to premium graphics in one place.

You can make your own design from scratch, get a blank photoshop or canva template with guidelines or purchase pre-designed water bottle label templates for a specific theme to get started.

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There are different sizes of water bottles, but I find that 8.5×2 inches is the perfect size for water bottle labels because it works with standard and mini size water bottles. You can also use it with soda bottles. Make sure it is set to 300 dpi print resolution.

water bottle label template photoshop

After you have your template, you can start adding your clipart and text. You can get high quality graphics from different places. My go-to for graphics, especially child friendly and diverse is Mujka-Clipart. But also consider Creative Fabrica and Design Bundles, because a commercial use license is included with their designs. And for an extra touch, you can even add a custom qr code that can direct people to a website or page.

After designing, create a letter size print sheet and arrange multiple labels on the sheet as shown.

Learn the supplies you need to make custom water bottle labels, the best paper for water bottle labels, and how to print water bottle labels.

HOW TO PRINT WATER BOTTLE LABELS

When printing your label design, print from your design program. I do not recommend printing from Design Space. Using a Cricut machine to print and cut is not necessary, and makes the process longer. Print from Photoshop, Affinity, Word or whatever program you used to design. If you purchased or had to download your design, the easiest way would be to right click your downloaded image and select PRINT from the options.

Don’t forget to change your settings before printing. If using our recommended paper, when you click PRINT, go to OPTIONS or PRINT SETTINGS/PREFERENCES and select GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER as your paper type and quality to standard or high.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE

If your file type is PDF, ensure that you are printing the DEFAULT size and scale is set to 100% DO NOT select “fit to page”

HOW TO MAKE CUSTOM WATER BOTTLE LABELS

1. Print

Print your water bottle labels with multiples per page. If printing 8.5×2 inches, I advise printing borderless. Once you click borderless, click the settings for borderless, and select MEDIUM/MID expansion. This will allow the water bottle template to print to he edge of the paper.

water bottle label print settings
water bottle label printer settings
Settings for borderless print, medium/mid expansion

2. Trim

Trim your labels down to size. Because you printed borderless, you only need to trim the excess white across the top and bottom, not the sides.

Learn the supplies you need to make custom water bottle labels, the best paper for water bottle labels, and how to print water bottle labels.

3. Remove Old Label

Remove the old label from the water bottle. Most water bottle labels are easy to remove, but if you’re removing labels from soda bottles, it may leave a residue.

Learn the supplies you need to make custom water bottle labels, the best paper for water bottle labels, and how to print water bottle labels.

4. Adhere New Label

trim your labels down to size. Remove the old label from the bottle. Finally, remove the backing from the printable water bottle labels and wrap around your plastic water bottles.

Learn the supplies you need to make custom water bottle labels, the best paper for water bottle labels, and how to print water bottle labels.

That’s it! Now you have beautifully personalized water bottles. And if you want to make matching items, check out our post on how to make custom chip bags!


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