DIY: Designing and Printing Your Labels

Creating your own labels is inexpensive and fairly easy to do, with the right materials.

Assuming you want to create several labels at once instead of making them one at a time by hand (each 6 gallon batch of wine produces around 30 bottles-typicl wine kit), here are the items that you’ll need to make your own wine labels:

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Plain/gummed paper or label stock
  • Software that supports graphics and labels
  • Scissors or paper cutter

Optional, Fancy Items

  • Scanner
  • Digital camera

Then if you haven’t picked pick up a package of label sheets for the printer you will need to go to a office supply store. Avery sells a large variety of different adhesive labels in various sizes for any type of project.

Purchasing Avery brand will actually come in handy when creating the labels as their website has hundreds of free templates you can use to create any label of your choice. Search through the many selections of label templates available, create your labels and then press print, using your label paper. They even have free software you can download if you wish to create your labels offline rather than on their website. you can find both templates and software on the Avery website.

With the Avery software you have many option such as: creating labels in color or in black & white, using fun and decorative texts, and uploading your own personal photo or graphic if you wish. The stock.xchg, a software program on the internet that  has thousands of royalty free images you can use for your own personal use.

As a final touch, you can use a permanent marker to sign your name on the label of each personalized bottle you create. Don’t forget to tie a ribbon around the neck of the wine bottle if it is to be given as a gift. Creating your own wine labels is lots of fun and a great opportunity to show YOUR CREATIVITY.
Here is a video to better explain your labeling opportunities:


Hilary a creative soul and bride to be decided to enter into a contest on; it is a website that was designed by Amanda who created the blog in 2008. The owner and founder of Ruffled started the company as site where brides and wedding planners could have ideas and inspirations for weddings specifically vintage weddings. Ruffled’s mission statement is: Ruffled inspires sophisticated creativity for your Wedding without any sacrifice. Fashion conscious sensibility combined with trendy attitude and vintage inspired romance reflects the spirit of today’s stylish bride.

Here Hilary sent in her Wine Bottle Centerpiece idea. Hilary commented “For my wedding, I will be painting the bottles all white, but I was inspired to try different colors for this project. It is probably the most inexpensive, eco-friendly way to turn something you have laying around your house into something unique and beautiful for your centerpieces or even your table at home!”
The following is instructions and materials needed to make this creation:

What you will need:

– wine bottles
– liquid soap
– alcohol swabs, rubbing alcohol, Goo Gone and/or hard dish brush
-spray paint
– quick drying high gloss white spray paint or white primer spray paint
– quick drying high gloss spray in whatever colors you desire
– old sheet, drop cloth or any sort of covering for the surface you will be painting on


Step 1: Submerge wine bottles in warm soapy water until labels easily come off (this can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes).

Step2: If you are having difficulty removing labels, try holding the bottles under warm water and use a hard dish brush to scrub off excess label/glue. I also find using alcohol or Goo Gone can help with this as well.

Step 3: Make sure soapy water is rinsed out of bottles and let bottles dry.

Step 4: Cover hard surface outside (away from anything you might damage with spray paint) and place bottles on the surface. Spray one thin, even coat of white spray paint or primer on each bottle (note, this does not have to be perfect). Make sure you are not holding the can too close to the bottle or the paint will get on too thick and start to drip. Let dry for about 15 minutes, then you can test the bottles by touching them lightly; if the paint is sticky they need more time to dry.

Step 5: Repeat this step about three more times with the colors you choose. If you are having trouble getting the paint on evenly, put your finger into the bottle opening to pick it up so you can see the bottle at a better angle and spray where needed. Because you are doing several coats, it will not be completely even until your final coat. If you need to do more than three or four coats, that is fine, just make sure they are not too thick.

Step 6: Pick up bottle and spray around the bottom edge so no glass is showing through. Then do a quick spray at the very top of the bottle. Leave bottles out to dry in a shaded place.



  1. This is where I discover and buy new wines – Not to mention that spending time chatting about & tasting wines is an extremely pleasurable interaction. Your study makes me feel hopeful that boutique wine stores have a bright future. Thank you!

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