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Free Oval Labels for Your Jars, That You can Customize or Print As-is!

Free Oval 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!

Sample customizable oval jar labelsample oval label for your jarsCustomizable or Generic?

The customizable template is a Word file, which you can edit. For those less technosavvy, there is a standard generic PDF file for each fruit/veg/etc., which you just print and us, as it.

On the left is what a typical customizable Word label looks like.  Obviously you replace "Your Name" with your name!  And the right is what the generic PDF label looks like. The actual label templates for you to download are further down the page!

Here's what you need to know!

  1. The customizable labels are made for Microsoft Word, version 97 or later, and any word processor that can read a Word file.  The standard PDF labels do not require a word processor, and will work with ANY printer.
  2. Just open the the customizable template in Word and use search and replace (Ctrl-H) to find "Your Name" (WITHOUT the quotes) and replace with your own name (duh!) and edit anything else you want! I update them each calendar year for the appropriate "use by" dates
  3. Save them to your own computer's hard drive for future use.
  4. 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. You can buy them right here, directly online, and those prices are very competitive (and it helps me keep the website going!).  Costco, Sam's Club or BJ's carry the rectangular labels.
  5. 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: 

Oval labels:

Small label stock


Oval labels: (for both Inkjet and Laser)

Small label stock

Label Paper Sizes, Types and Where to Get Them

Oval labels: are 2 inches high by 3-1/3 inches wide. There are 8 labels per sheet (2 across, 4 down). These are great for any jar 8 ounces and bigger. They use Avery 22820 (Print-to-the-Edge Oval Labels) which works with either laser or injet printers.

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 (see the boxes at right) at competitive prices, and sales help keep this website going, just click on the links below for details, with no obligation to buy!

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. Press down and smooth out.

If you find the labels curl up later, swipe them with a glue stick! 

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.

Oval Label Templates

Oval labels: (for both Inkjet and Laser)

Small label stock

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

  • Strawberry jam labels
  • Triple Berry Jam (Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries jam)
  • Raspberry jam labels
  • Blackberry jam labels
  • Peach jam labels

Applesauce Labels

Apple butter labels


  • Blackberry jam medium labels

Orange Marmalade

  • Orange marmalade medium labels


  • Peach Jam labels

Pickle Labels

  • Kosher dill pickle labels -
     pickle label example
  • Pickled Hot Peppers


  • Plum Jam labels (medium)

        plum jam label


  • Raspberry jam labels

Oval labels: (for both Inkjet and Laser)

Small label stock

Tomato Product Labels

  • Ketchup
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato preserves
  • Tomato salsa
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato soup

Meat labels

Canning your own meats?  These labels may help: