I have a load of home made wine which I am very excited about and am
looking for the best method of creating my own wine labels using a pc
and printer. I am trying to find A4 gummed paper as I think this is
the best option but most of the stuff I have found is multicoloured
and not suitable.
Does anyone have any other ideas or can you tell me where I can get a
good deal on this kind of paper (preferably white or even brown) in
the UK? Is there any free software out there that anyone knows about
to help design these labels?
Many thanks in advance.
I make all my own labels. I use 4 lables on an 8.5 x 11 paper,
but I understand that A4 is slightly different... 8.27 x 11.69 so it
should be OK. I have it printed on a color laserjet. If you use
an inkjet the ink will run if you get condensation.
I glue the label to the bottle using a gluestick that I get at an office
supply store, the kind kids use. It's easy to stick on,
and, more importantly, it's easier to get off so you can reuse
the bottle. The glue rinses off with plain water.
I use MS Publisher, but you shoudl be able to find some free
label making software on the Internet.
If water gets down behind the spray paint, you'll get cool watercolor
effects from sprayed inkjet labels. But spray paint, or photo fixer
at a craft store, do improve things.
Glue stik is definitely the way to go for reuse of bottles later.
Other labels are so annoying I'd rather recycle the bottle, let the
glass blower burn off the label, and buy a new bottle for about 1$
than kill my back and my septic system with a razor blade and goo gone
for hours on end scraping off the otherwise-mounted labels.
Hi Eric ,I am in the Midlands and the company linked to below was the best
combination of price and label quality for me
at the time. I'm a skinflint so I got the 12 to a sheet option. I went for
I agree that if you use an inkjet (like I do) you need to fix the ink. I used
spray varnish on the whole sheet before
sticking them on which worked ok for me - though a dedicated inkjet fix spray
might be a better option. I have a basic
color laser printer on my wishlist because the results from them is more
colourfast - but they are still relatively
It seems that most of the sheets of labels they sell are equivalents of 'Avery'
labels a big commercial brand.
Therefore you can theoretically download Avery templates which should work in
many major programs. It might take you a
while to get it right as you may have to set your printer driver just right as
well as the page setup in the program you
are using to design your label...
I couldn't find an Avery template that matched the code I had been given so
eventually I designed my own template and
got it calibrated to within 1mm on the printed page - that took about 5 test
Best of luck, Jim
I worked out my label design using Photoshop Elements and put it
together with Avery DesignPro v4.0 software. I designed the labels to fit
the Avery #6878 template (3-3/4 x 4-3/4 inches). That template formats
four-up on an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet. From there I can either print the labels on
6878 label paper or on plain paper. If I am going to use my ink-jet printer
in either case, I spray a thin layer of clear fixer over the print to keep
the labels from running in the presence of moisture.
Now, with all that said, you can buy preprinted sheets of labels to
stick in your printer and add your name, wine type, etc. Just do a Google
search for "wine labels"
Yeah, I doubt they could calibrate to my label sheets sadly or I would do the
same. I like to have the label
commercially gummed - mine float off easily when the bottle is empty and stick
beautifull when full. With my own laser
I could do perfect calibrations and test prints etc onto labels :)
Good idea though :)
colourfast - but they are still relatively
Mostly I make my labels on A4 paper and print them with an ink yet.
I use the thicker paper so light want shine through when you are using
a blank instead of colored bottle.
When printed I spray them with cheap hair spray.
This fixes the color against humidity.
I then cut them at the desired measurements turn them around and
moisture them with a cloth that is submerged in milk.
Milk glues fantastic and later they come off with no problem.
I probably go over board, but I use Avery 6464 removable label, design
using Avery software, on a color inkjet, and then I use clear lacquer
spray to seal them prior to putting on. That way they don't run when wet.
If anyone wants a sample, email me - minus the x's. You'll have to
download the Avery software to read this.
I print mine on regular paper, 6 to a page, cut them with a paper cutter,
and then use a glue stick to stick them to the bottle. I have found most
preglued paper too hard to remove when cleaning the bottles. The glue in
the glue sticks just soaks off in a bucket of warm watter.
But I agree with you that a nice colorful label adds a lot of pride to your
bottle and is worth the effort.