September 21, 2010
DIY Water Bottle Labels
Maybe you saw our DIY wine bottle label, but here's another twist on the same idea: try it on a water bottle.
Instead of prepping the label for your party favors, you can sweeten up a basic bottle of water for those dancing late into the night that want some H20 and a little break from the cocktails.
Or, if you're having an outdoor wedding in the heat of summer, leave a water bottle at each of the chairs so your guests can stay refreshed during the ceremony.
All you'll need are some basic blank labels (tip: use business mailing labels bought at an office supply store in bulk -- they're often a few dollars cheaper than buying craft labels), an ink jet printer and the photo you want to use. You can design your own photo and words combination or search for downloadable templates (we love Just Something I Made, which frequently posts vintage-inspired templates and images). You can also add the wedding labels to your favors, out-of-town guest welcome bags, or even to seal the envelope on your thank-you notes.
Re: Tiffany's comment below: You bring up a few good points. If you give the labels adequate time to dry, the ink shouldn't run. Depending on the labels you buy, you can also try printing them from a laser printer, which will cut down on the possibility of ink running (or you can design the label and take it to a place like Kinko's or Staples. Using professional printers will also cut down on the smudge-factor of the ink).
If you're going to do this project like the photo on the left, simply stacking the bottles together, you shouldn't have any problems. Remember that these bottles are going to be used for a short time -- the labels don't need to last forever.
If, however, you want to float them in a bucket of ice and water, eventually yes, the labels will get soggy and likely come off. Prevent that by applying the label and then wrapping the middle portion of the bottle with wide clear packing tape. It won't prevent the label from falling off forever, but it should last for a few hours -- just long enough for your guests to grab one and gulp the water down.
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