Instead of staring at manufacturers’ product labels whenever you wash your hair or do the dishes, you can dress up your bottles with DIY labels. It’s a simple way to make your everyday routine more beautiful. And it’s SUPER EASY!
To dress up my everyday bottles with minimalist-aesthetic, DIY labels, I used:
- Three old bottles (free!)
- A sheet of waterproof, ½ inch, letter stickers in white (white is hard to find, but sometimes our Staples has them, about 4 dollars per sheet)
- A ruler with small, precise marks (and reading glasses to see the tiny marks!)
- Masking tape
I reused old, number 2 bottles rather than buying new ones. (You might have old bottles lying around if you buy liquid soap in bulk and refill smaller containers.) If I’m going to use plastic, I might as well use the more stable number 2 (less leaching) with a higher recycle rate than some of the other plastics. Besides, number 2 plastic comes in a translucent version, kinda chic as far as plastic goes. Here are two of the bottles I chose:
I also chose these bottles because the labels are plastic and easy to peel off with no gummy residue. Here’s a close up of one of the labels. You can tell it was already starting to come off:
Starting with a clean, dry bottle (on the outside anyway, because there was shampoo inside!), I measured 1-and-28/30 inches down from the lip. Yes, our eyes can pick up a 1/30th inch variation, so that’s how tight I made the measurement. I measured at two places across the front of the bottle to form a line, and I put a piece of tape along that line. The tape acted as a straight edge for my DIY label.
Then I simply stuck letters on each bottle to form descriptive labels: hair, body, and dish. Does anyone else remember learning how to type on a typewriter? To center a title, you had to find the middle of the word and work from there. That’s how I centered the labels on my bottles. I did eyeball it, but starting in the center of a word made it easier.
After I got all the letters on, that was it. My bottles were done!
Make this day even better. Consider:
- Do you have a gent in your life? Imagine a homemade shampoo or body wash in a masculine color, say indigo, in a bottle you’ve labeled with black letters. Quite handsome.