How to Make Soap Labels

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You are so proud you took your grandmother's foolproof recipe to make dozens of bars of your own soap. Since the bars last several weeks, you want to sell your extras to earn a little supplementary cash. The only problem is that your bars of soap look strikingly similar to the thousands of bars of soap that are already out there. You can make them stand out with an original touch when you make soap labels.

Things You'll Need

  • Labels
  • Printer
  • Word processing program

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Find your labels. Several companies have labels they specifically market as soap labels. These may be your best bet for adhering to the product. Pick labels that can fully fit whatever you want to put on them, are not too large that they don't fit on the soap and are compatible with your printer type, which is usually inkjet or laser.

Sketch a design. Draw an outline on a piece of paper that is the same size and shape of your label. Decide what text and images you want, and illustrate them to make sure they work visually.

Translate your design to the computer. Use a word processing program to set up a sheet that can print the labels you've chosen. Use the table option to set up cells, with each cell representing one label. Create a single label using the typing and insert options as needed. Cut and paste that label on every other label on the sheet. If you've chosen rounded or oddly-shaped labels, use a ruler to determine how much space you have to work with without going over the label borders.

Print the labels. Pick the appropriate settings on your printer, which would be the highest quality print and a paper selection that is thicker than the ordinary sheet. Print one sheet before you do a batch to make sure everything is properly aligned.

Stick labels on the soap. Wipe the soap clean of any dust or debris. Carefully stick the labels where you want them. For further protection, wrap each soap bar in a small piece of clear plastic wrap, securing with a clear tape on the back.

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