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Guest Project — How to Make Custom Water Bottle Labels {with free printables!}

Hi there!  Kerry from Sweet Sanity here!
First of, I must say how thrilled I am to be doing a tutorial on Tatertots and Jello…I love Jen’s blog and checking in over morning coffee always gets me inspired!

Sweet Sanity offers stickers, tags and printables for your parties, weddings, and showers.  I have always loved celebrations with an unmistakable theme, and helping others bring their ideas to life…My shop is for those who like to have a hand in the details!   I love ideas that are unique and SWEET…but they’ve got to be SANE, too…easy, quick, and affordable. That makes them even sweeter!

Today’s Tutorial:  Water Bottle Labels

At first I must admit I thought custom water bottle labels seemed like an awful lot of work, but after seeing them all lined up like little organized party soldiers I’m in! If you are setting up a spread it is a great way to inject more color onto the table, and get your theme across. Most of the labels I’ve been designing lately on Etsy are for brides making hotel welcome bags. But even on a smaller scale they look adorable at a baby shower, bridal shower, graduation party, or even for your house guests (yes, I am going there!)

Here are my tips for doing it at home and keeping it sane…

First off, the paper.  You can buy waterproof vinyl label paper, and set your printer to the correct setting to get it through.  They are also self adhesive so this may be good (no taping necessary) and bad (a lot of sticky label to deal with that may wrinkle) If you are going to be cooling the bottles in bins of ice and water this is the route you’d need to go.  BUT here’s my vote for regular paper.  If lined up on a table, in gift bags, or even in the fridge, there’s actually no risk of them getting wet, so regular paper works just fine. One less thing you need to special order!

The design…you can make them yourself on the computer, even in Word, and generally speaking 8″ x 2.5″ would fit most bottles. Here is thing I wouldn’t lose sleep over.  If the bottle ridges are wider than the label (like the one below) it still looks fine, and I’ve seen this size even used on shorty stubby bottles and they look darling!  If you really work at it you can probably fit 4 on a page.

The prep... Start by cutting the strips of labels out and then prep the bottles but cutting off the plastic.


Finally the application.  You’ve got regular scotch tape, double stick tape or a glue stick.  If you really care about the tape showing, then go for the double stick. It’s my first choice because it’s so  simple, and in my opinion beats dealing with a sticky glue stick that sometimes doesn’t hold as tightly.

Then we are ready to line them up! I love them. I want to squeeze them!  The recent photoshoot leftovers made it into my fridge and I must say it makes me smile when just grabbing for a bottled water!

So now it’s your turn!
Download this FREE SWEET SANITY PRINTABLE for Summer “Refresh” Labels in blue or yellow for your next picnic!

Water Bottle Set BlueWater Bottle Set Yellow

And if you’d like a shot at the entire Picnic Printable Package Giveaway 
Thank you so much Kerry!!
I love all of your Printables!!!
In addition to a fantastic etsy shop, Kerry has a beautiful blog with awesome ideas.
Some of my favorites have been:
{Check out Kerry’s  awesome solution to hiding ugly technology items like wireless routers!}
{I am in LOVE with her Craigslist Chair Redo}
{In addition to having a fun etsy shop and a beautiful blog, she also has an awesome design blog where she shared this tutorial on how to put party cones together}
It would be awesome if you could head over to Sweet Sanity and leave Kerry a comment as a thank you for the free printables :)
PS — I’m sharing a Spring Threaded Necklace tutorial over at Every Creative Endeavor today. So fun!!


  1. If you need some labels for your water bottles, you can get them here: http://www.onlinelabels.com/water-bottle-labels.aspx

  2. Thank you very much for sharing this post. I am really very happy to read your article. Love the way you have written it. I am surely gonna implement this type of hand made stickers on water bottle for my next baby shower.

  3. These are so adorable.I love these water bottle printables.Thanks for sharing.
    water bottle

  4. Ricky Addy says:

    Such a great post……..

    Water bottles

  5. I had to share this on my blog today! I linked you up and your guest too. Check it out here: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/05/party-diy-projects.html

  6. Great ideas! Vinyl paper is so perfect for cooling your water bottles in ice. Especially for summer! And those cones.. I am keeping that in my bookmarks for an upcoming party for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  7. nolaleblanc says:

    So glad to see the vinyl idea. Waterproofing paper water bottle lables has been baffling me for quite some time now. I just kept thinking does everyone living outside of south LA just drink hot water.

  8. I did these for out of town wedding guests at their hotel when I got married, now thinking I might try her waterproof Idea for my daughters first birthday!

  9. Can't have a post with no comments!

    These are adorable. I think I'll try my hand at them for the Guard girls this summer. So cute!

  10. Michelle says:

    So sad! I bet this post had a TON of comments before blogger deleted and reposted it! This is so cute!!

  11. melismama says:

    Thank you so much! These are perfect for a summertime bbq!

  12. BigBearswife says:

    Those are to cute! I love making personal water bottles for holidays, parties and get togethers :) Yours look great

  13. how smart is that,, looks great,,,

  14. Loved this tutorial… but then I love them all! TOO fab for summer fun parties coming up! Thank you for sharing with us and headed over to Sweet Sanity to express my thanks, and hop on board. Thanks again and again Jen!

  15. Lindsay says:

    What a cute way to spruce up a boring ol water bottle! I also figured this would be super complicated but this was a great step by step tutorial that I could do.
    Heading to your blog to check out some more fun stuff!

  16. Nikki P. says:

    I love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  17. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    What a neat tutorial! Love how colorful everything is. Dressed up water bottles add a nice little pop to a party table. :)

  18. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says:

    This is way cute! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Great tutorial! I am loving the little paper cones with the nuts in them…the wording on the cones is so cute!!

  20. Mrs. Lexi says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I love the free printables and the yellow one will be PERFECT for my daughter's bee themed 1st birthday party :-)