Making Stuff with Avery Labels

by Matt on July 8, 2011

MATT’S NOTE: There have been numerous requests for my template art as well as inquiries about the Limoncello bottles. Unfortunately I am unable to share the art. The bottles, purchased at World Market, haven’t been available for quite some time and I haven’t seen them since I purchased them a few years ago. Thanks so much!

Can I confess something to you? Will you promise not to tell anyone?

I am a Closet Crafter.

That’s right. I’ve got drawers full of labels, paint, brushes, gluesticks, scissors and hole punchers for those moments when I feel the creative streak hit me. I even made my own label for a gift I gave Paula Deen back in May. But it’s not often that I get out the craft box as crafting does require a certain amount of time and effort and the only reason I keep my crafting status in the closet is because I’m no where near as good as so many of my crafting amigos.

As part of my involvement with Martha’s Circle I was thrilled when they reached out along with Avery Labels and asked if I’d be interested in creating something with their products. It was perfect timing: I had limoncello I made earlier in the year that was ready to give out as summer gifts as well as a batch of simple syrups I made to take to an afternoon cocktail party. Rather than just give blank bottles I said “yes!” to the opportunity to use a variety of Avery labels for my lil gifts. I knew they’d look professional, polished yet still retain a handmade feel.

I raided my prop closet for various bottles with lids that would fit the project. I knew I wanted oval labels for the front of my simple syrups bottles. These little bottles were filled with sugar, water and various fruit and herbs that were all cooked together and allowed to cool. Set on the bar, all you need is a splash of soda water, a spirit like vodka or gin or rum, a few teaspoons of simple syrup and lots of freshly cracked ice for a very easy simple drink.  Give it a stir and enjoy. I’m not one to fuss during the summer months, ya know.

I opened the word templates, saved as a PDF and then imported them into Adobe Illustrator where I would have more control over the design. But it's not necessary!

Using Avery Easy Peel Print-to-the-edge Kraft Brown Round labels I created a template that I downloaded from them and modified my art in Adobe Illustrator. It’s moments like this where I’m glad I have a background in graphic design!

(But even still, it’s not difficult, trust me. Avery makes this so easy and it only took minutes!)

After I filled my bottles with the various simple syrups all I had to do was peel and stick. So easy. The most difficult part was making sure they were even but I got it pretty close.


 

The second part of my project involved bottling up some of the limoncello I made back in January. This Italian concoction is made from fresh lemon peel, vodka and sugar; it’s allowed to sit for several weeks (turning often), then strained and bottled. The sweet, lemony syrup is great over ice, in iced tea, cocktails, drizzled over ice cream, you name it! And like so many things it always tastes better when you make it yourself.  Because a little goes a long way, I didn’t need large containers for gifts. But I wanted to try a small hang tag to go around the neck of the bottle so I used Avery Printable Tags for Inkjet Printers. They were pre-cut and only required a simple feed through my color laser printer to make (I used a template I downloaded from Avery). Couldn’t have been easier!  I finished the bottles with decorative string and a round white blank label with a handwritten date that it was made on.

 

Everything came out great and it makes me happy to give them as gifts. Even if everyone will probably be too drunk to remember them. Oh well!

 

Thank you Avery Labels for letting my Inner Crafter come out and play!

Want to put your best brand forward and enter for a chance to win prizes from Avery? You can! Visit the Best Brand Forward Contest for details and how to enter. The 1st Prize winner will receive $5000 and your brand and product will appear in an upcoming issue of Martha Stewart Living. Pretty fantastic if you ask me! There are also 2nd and 3rd place prizes so get up on this y’all!

The Fine Print: Avery sent me the product of my choice for this project and I was compensated for designing, creating and photographing my creations. The concept, design, execution, and opinion of Avery Products is my own. Thankyouverymuch!

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Nisha June 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Matt–

Are you selling the limencello labels? And if so, I am assuming they can be customized. I am looking for 80 personalized ones for my wedding reception in two weeks. Would love to hear from you.

Thank you

Jillian June 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Where did you get those adorable bottles for the lemoncello? I have 2 big vats or the stuff and can’t find any stylish bottles to use!

Thanks!

Karol August 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Hey what font did you use for the lemoncello labels?
Great work!

Deanna Giubbini September 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Where did you get those cute little bottles with the screw top lid?

kim December 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

hi,i was wondering where you got those cute bottles,have been looking on world market,and i can’t find them,could you please help? Thanks Kim

sara December 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

how many ounces are the limoncello bottles you used? i noticed the exact ones you used are no longer available. thank you!

Matt December 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I’m not sure!

Cost Plus World Market January 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Great Blog! Thanks for including Cost Plus World Market.. (check out our pinterest page, we’ve repinned your post on Inspirations by Members. http://pinterest.com/worldmarket/inspirations-by-members/

WANDA April 21, 2013 at 2:54 am

Where can i find the small lables & can they be customized. I am looking for 100 personalized ones for my wedding reception. Thanks

Matt April 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

They come from Avery and yes, you can customize them.

Sandy Clarke August 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

Where did you get the bottles for the Lemoncello? So cute!

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