September 21, 2010
10:36 AM

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.

Images by Adrienne Maples and Studio EMP

See more photos from Riley and Jesse's wedding and from Megan and Tim's wedding.

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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and the ink wont run, if the bottle is cooled in a bucked with ice? that would be my only concern. How would you take care of something like that? :-)

posted by: Oksana Lanis
on October 21, 2010 at 07:13 PM

The Idea is brilliant. On my next garden party I will make some cool labels...

posted by: Martha
on October 08, 2010 at 05:39 AM

What a cute idea! I will say I was concerned about the labels coming up, but that was addressed with the packing tape solution. I love all these creative ways to make a wedding truly your own. Great ideas everywhere! There are more great wedding ideas in "the 'W' Day" by Giulia Macchia -- stunning photographs, tons of practical tips and how to's, all wrapped up in a great book. See -- It focuses of themed weddings, with designer tips for each kind of setting and location -- but for those in DIY mode, there are tips and ways to recreate them without sending yourself to the poorhouse.

posted by: Liz
on September 22, 2010 at 10:54 AM

No, this is really a cool idea and I know a site that sells labels for water bottles and they are like laminated or something so the ink doesn't run. Its, - check it out! Hope that helps.

posted by: Erin
on September 22, 2010 at 10:37 AM

This won't work. The bottles will get wet and the ink will run. :(

posted by: Tiffany
on September 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

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