Free Labels for Your Jars, That You can Customize!

After spending the time and effort to make great homemade jars of jams, jellies, pickles, applesauce, apple butter, salsa and other goodies to eat in the winter or give away as gifts... don't make a simple scribbled label! With a color printer and these templates, you can quickly and easily make your own labels!  I've done all the hard work of formatting and adding the graphics.  You just need to add your name and print!

Here's what a typical label looks like:

 

Here's what you need to know!

  1. They are made for Microsoft Word, version 97 or later. 
  2. Just open them in Word and use search and replace (Ctrl-H) to find "Your Name" (WITHOUT the quotes) and replace with your own name (duh!)
  3. Edit anything else you want! I update them each calendar year for the appropriate "use by" dates
  4. Save them to your own computer's hard drive for future use.
  5. Print on a color printer or a black and white printer, as you wish, using the corresponding label paper.  Each label has the Avery code next to it and in the file's name. I generally find the best prices Avery brand labels at Costco, Sam's Club or BJ's. You can use other brands of similar sizes.
  6. Copyright notice: The labels are free for your own personal use; and even for jars that you sell or give away. Just don't sell the label files or post them on the internet! Instead, just send the link to this page to anyone you want or post the link!) You can use the "email this page link" (here or at the top of the page, or copy and paste this url into your email: The link to send is: http://www.pickyourown.org/labelsforyourjars.htm

Ready to make your own labels? Here's how:

  1. Choose the shape of the label.
  2. Decide whether you want to ptrint a standard label (a PDF) or customize your own (in a Word 97-2003 format)
  3. Then you will choose the label fruit or vegetable and download the PDF or Word file
  4. If you choose the standard PDF, you will skip to step 5.
    Once you have downloaded the Word file, you open it in Word (or whatever word processor you use) and edit it to change the labels to substitute your name and any other information you (so long as you don't execced what will fit in each label).
  5. Then load your printer with the label stock and
  6. print on your print (color, if you like) and attached the labels to your jars!

So, if you're ready, click on the shape you want below below, and follow the directions on the page that loads:

 

How to use the labels: Tips and tricks!

There are a few tricks and tips to get the labels to stay stuck to jars which will end up in a cold refrigerator and often exposed to moisture. 

  1. First, always start with a clean, dry surface on the jar.
  2. Next, swipe the area that the label will cover with a glue stick.  (I use Elmer's extra strength glue sticks from Costco, but any glue sticks will work)
  3. Press the label onto the glued area.
  4. Keep pressing for about 30 seconds.

Other tips: labels printed on Laser printers are more waterproof than those printed on most ink jet printers. If your smudge, cover them with a piece of clear adhesive tape (clear packaging tape works well) will seal the labels  under a waterproof cover.


Label Templates

I'm adding more labels daily, so stop back or email me if there is a size or type you need.

Jam and Jelly Labels

small rectangular labels (Avery 5160 for laser printers or 8160 for ink jet printers)

medium rectangular labels (Avery 5162 for laser printers or 8162 for ink jet printers)

Round labels - for the top of the jars - 2" round - see label sources at the bottom of this page

Applesauce Labels

medium rectangular labels:

very large rectangular labels (I did these by request, I think they are too big!)

Round 2-inch labels

Apple butter labels

medium rectangular labels:

Round 2-inch labels

Blackberries

Orange Marmalade

medium rectangular labels:

Round 2-inch labels

Peaches

Pickle Labels

Plums

        plum jam label

Raspberries

Tomato Product Labels


Meat labels

Canning your own meats?  These labels may help:

Home Canning Kits

This is the same type of  standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer, and the bible of canning, the Ball Blue Book. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids! To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!For more information and current pricing:

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Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.

Need lids, rings and replacement jars?  Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes?  Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!

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