Free Round Labels for Your Jars, That You can Customize or Print As-Is!

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 use MS Word (or compatible word processor) to add your name and print! Or, if you are in a hurry, just choose the PDF version and simply print it and stick on your jars!

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

Label Sizes, Types and Where to get them

Round labels - Yes, there are 2-inch round labels on the market, which would fit on the lid on top of your jars BUT they are ONLY available online, (Avery does now make a 2 inch round label, which some Staples stores carry, or can be ordered from the Avery website.) (Here's the Avery product description:: "Avery® Easy Peel® Print-to-the-Edge White Round Labels 22807, Glossy, 2" Diameter, Pack of 120", also Avery 22817). But it can be hard to run out to a local store to buy the label stock, so I've made some templates for them and you can order the label stock from the sources below!

Where to buy the label stock - These are very common label sizes, commonly used as address labels. You don't need to use Avery brand; as long as the labels are the same size and layout as defined above, they will work.  You can find them at Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Sam's Club, Costco and many other stores.  You can also order them right here at competitive prices, just click on the links below for details, with no obligation to buy! The exception is the round labels, which are only available online from the sources below (it took me a while to even find suppliers of these)

Rectangular labels:
(Inkjet)

Small label stock

 

Round labels: (laser & inkjet)

Small label stock

 

Medium label stock

 

 
      Small label stock Medium label stock   The Kimmeric labels work with both laser and inkjets and go on the lids, rather than the side of the jars.: (Photoglossy are inkjet only)
             

 

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.

When you click the link, your browser downloads the file.    Note: every browser is different, most like Chrome just download the file and you will see it in the bottom left corner of your screen.  That may not be obvious! You then click on the downloaded file to open it in your document editor so you can customize.  That's why it is a doc file and not a PDF (PDF's are not editable!)

Jam and Jelly Labels

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

Applesauce Labels

Round 2-inch labels

Apple butter labels

Round 2-inch labels

Blackberries

 

Orange Marmalade

Round 2-inch labels

Peaches

Pickle Labels
 

Plums

       

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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