Beer bottle labels

We have written an article about designing your own labels, now its time to put it into practice.

1. Make a new document in example Microsoft Publisher or similar. Create a blank template, and import your label as picture. Make sure it is not being re-sized by the program when adding it. For a 0.33L bottle, the size should be 17cm x 7cm. On an A4 template, you should be able to fit 4 labels.
Its a good idea to have them as close as possible, that way you dont have to cut twice.

2. Print on high resolution on normal paper. Using a laser or wax printer is preferred, as it the print wont be affected when attaching them later. You now have a sheet looking like this:

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4. If you have a paper cutter available, that will save you a whole lot of work. We dont, so its scissors and a steady hand. The short edges will be close to each other, so make them as straight as possible.

5. With some nicely cut labels, its time for “glue”. The preferred adhesive for this is ordinary milk. There is two reasons for that. One is that its a thin liquid, making it easy to apply, the other is that they are very easy to remove with only hot water. You can re-use bottles with no glue residue. Apply a thin layer of milk on the hole backside with a sponge or a cloth. Make sure the edges and corners get covered (otherwise it will start to peel quickly)
Make a reference bottle as a guide on the height of the label.

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And this is the finished product for our Virgin IPA bottles! Its not looking to bad for a low budget production. We are happy to answer any questions or have other tips on this in the comments below.

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