How to Design Your Own Labels for Jam Jars

Creative labels add pzzazz to homemade jam.
Creative labels add pzzazz to homemade jam. (Image:

With a little creativity, a computer and a printer, you can create distinctive labels for the home-made jars of jam and jelly you prepare for friends, family or retail sale. You can also download nicely designed templates from a number of websites that are print ready.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft® Publisher or Word
  • Color laser or ink-jet printer
  • 3.33 x 4 inch or 2 x 4 inch shipping labels
  • Clip art

Whether using Word or Publisher, the steps are similar. Publisher is more design-oriented, so the program is more user-friendly than Word. If you have worked with graphics in Word successfully, you won't have any difficulty modifying Word label templates. If you are a novice, Publisher templates will be easier to use. From the Publisher Catalog, select Labels, then Jar/Product. Click Start Wizard, skip steps to fill in information and click Finish.

Original publisher template.
Original publisher template.

Click on the items you don't want on the label and hit the Scissors (cut) icon. In this template, delete the Business Name and Date boxes, the line in the middle of the white box and the logo.

In the Label Wizard dialog box, select Color Schemes. Scroll through the list to find the color scheme that you'd like to use.

Click the Label Title and change the text. Highlight the text and select a decorative or script font from the Font drop-down menu.

Change the color scheme and add text.
Change the color scheme and add text.

From the Insert menu, select Picture, then Clip Art. In the Insert Clip Art dialog box, type in a key word like "strawberry" to bring up all clip art in the category. Scroll through to the image you'd like to use, select the image and click Insert Clip.

If needed, change the clip art's size by dragging one of the corner resize boxes in (to reduce size) or out (to increase size). Once the image is the desired size, you also have the option of rotating it by clicking the Custom Rotate icon from the Format toolbar. Print on 3.33 x 4 inch shipping labels. You get six labels per sheet.

Finished Label
Finished Label

For smaller jars of jam, use a template for 2 x 4 inch labels, which will produce 10 labels per sheet.

When you type "jar labels" in the Search box for your browser, you can find some free, easy-to-use templates for labeling your jam jars.

Follow the instructions on the website to download the labels.

Print the labels and add hand-written text to personalize them for your jam jars.

Tips & Warnings

  • When using ink-jet printers to produce your labels,make sure the ink doesn't smear when you or your recipients handle the jars. Although aerosol sealants are available at craft and artist supply stores, save yourself some money by purchasing inexpensive, super-hold hairspray.
  • After the ink on the labels is dry, hold the hairspray can about 12 inches away from the sheet of labels and spray a thin coat of hairspray on the labels. Let the hairspray dry and repeat to make smear-resistant labels.

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