|Champagne, sparkling wine, sparkling grape juice, and most other bottled
drinks can be turned into impressive gifts, party favors, and table
decorations for many different occasions by adding
personalized labels, ribbons, and other embellishments.
|There are two basic
label-making methods for the computer crafter: heat
laminating and cold laminating. The one best suited
for waterproof labels needed in crafting such things as
personalized champagne bottles, canning jar labels, salad
dressing bottles, and even bumper stickers (which are simply
over-sized labels that need to be waterproof )is done with a
heat laminator. When crafting an item that
requires a strong adhesive backing and protection from
smearing, this waterproof label method is the one to use.
A very thin and flexible 1.3 mil.
clear laminant (FlexiFilm
Gloss) is applied to the design side of your label, while a strong
adhesive-backed laminant (FlexiFilm Adhesive) is
applied to the back side, leaving your finished label both
waterproof and flexible. The Big Mouth 12" Pouch
Laminator is an excellent machine which always gives me
|Many crafters prefer a cold,
manual laminating process for creating labels. The
Xyron 850 can laminate both sides of
your project or just one side; it can apply a thin, but
permanent coat of adhesive; OR it can laminate and apply
adhesive at the same time to make shiny stickers and
Whether using heat or cold
laminating, to ensure that your finished label is
waterproof, you must be sure to leave an
approximately 1/8" clear laminant margin around the
entire cut edge of your design. Otherwise, water (and
sometimes humidity) can wick into your design through the
paper fibers along the edge of the label and ruin it by
causing the ink to run.
Follow these easy steps to create your waterproof labels
using the heat laminating method:
- Create your label in your graphics design program.
- Print your design on good quality, medium to heavy
weight paper. A print resolution of 720 dpi or higher is recommended.
The only white paper I
ever use for computer crafting is
Great White Consumer
Coated Ink Jet Paper,
93 Bright, 37 lb.,
8-1/2"x11" . It's
a bit costlier than other plain white computer papers,
but it's well worth it; try it just once and you'll
- With scissors, paper cutter, and/or decorative-edge
sheers (such as
Fiskars Long &
Wide Paper Edgers), cut your labels to their exact finished size.
- Cut a piece of adhesive-backed roll laminant large
enough to place your finished labels on leaving at least
1/2" of space around all sides of each label.
(Your piece of cut laminant must also be small enough to
fit inside the laminating carrier.)
- Cut a piece of 1.3 mil. OptiClearŪ (or FlexiFilm
Gloss) laminant to the same size as the cut
- Open your laminating carrier and place the piece of
adhesive-backed laminant inside. It will want to
curl upward, so you will need to place a weight (such as
a book) on each end to temporarily hold it flat.
- Arrange your cut labels on top of the adhesive-backed
laminant, leaving the 1/2" of space around each
label. Place the sheet of 1.3 mil. laminant
(glossy side UP) on top of the labels. Carefully
remove the weights while closing the carrier, making
sure the laminant is smooth (no air pockets or folds)
and your labels don't shift.
- Feed the carrier through the heat laminator.
Allow the carrier to cool, and remove your sheet of
- With scissors or paper cutter, cut out each individual
label 1/8" from the edge of the design.
Your finished label will look like there is a white
margin all the way around your label, but once you peel the
protective paper from the adhesive back of your design to
apply the label to a container, the margin around your label
will be clear.
The instructions here are for personalizing a bottle of champagne,
but they can easily be modified for whatever bottled beverage you
choose to decorate.
- Remove the manufacturer's paper labels
from the bottle (do not remove the foil around the neck of the
bottle). The easiest way I've found to do this is by
placing the bottle into a gallon-size pitcher (or use a small
plastic trash can), add about 3-4 good squirts of liquid dish
soap, and fill with very warm (not hot!!) water up to
the paper label at the bottom of the foil. Allow this to
sit for several hours (I put mine to soak overnight before
going to bed) to soften the labels. The labels will now
easily scrape off. Rinse and towel dry the bottle.
- If you create your label designs on a
high-quality paper such as Great White Consumer Coated
Ink Jet Paper, 93 Bright, 37 lb., 8-1/2"x11" , it won't be necessary to remove any of the manufacturer's labels on the
bottle; just remove the price sticker. The personalized labels are applied over the
bottle's original labels; just make them a tad larger than the dimensions of the front and
- Cut a piece of gold foil wrapping paper
to fit around the neck of the bottle, covering up the foil
that comes on the bottle; the foil should be about 1"
above the bottle cork. Use a small piece of tape to
secure the foil at the center back of the neck, then wrap it
around the neck and secure with another small piece of tape.
Put your hands around the "tube" of gold foil paper
and "scrunch" it so it hugs the neck of the bottle.
Fold the top of the foil tube over, toward the back of the
bottle, and scrunch it down securing it with a small piece of
tape. (NOTE: The gold foil paper can be
found in the cake decorating section of Michaels craft stores;
it's sold as cake board foil. Or use gold foil Christmas
- Next, cut a piece of gold Funky Tape to
go all the way around the bottom edge of the gold foil paper
you just applied so it holds the bottom edge of the gold foil
paper to the bottle. (This is great, because you don't have to
worry about cutting that gold foil paper super straight as the
Funky Tape will cover up the bottom edge.)
- Now peel the backing off the 3 labels
you've created. Apply the front and back labels;
apply the neck label on the front around the bottom edge of
the gold foil paper (only goes part way around).
- Cut a 30-inch length of your wide, gold
metallic, WIRED ribbon. Tie it into a pretty bow and get
it situated front and center. Secure the bow by
squeezing a dab of tacky white glue behind the knot of the
bow. If desired, place a tiny sticker with your business name
and phone number on the bottom of the bottle.
Of course, you're not limited to the embellishments described
above. Your bottle might look better with a bunch of
colorful curled ribbons or balloons tied to the neck, dried
flowers, or something more simple. Bring your own
creativity into your design.
|When my brother turned 50, I couldn't decide between giving
him an elegant gift or a humorous one.....so I did both! His magnum of champagne
featured a photo of him as a little boy on the front label with the words
Was Born" above the photo and his name below the photo. The back label featured
a list of interesting things that happened on his birthday throughout history, and a list
of prices for various items in the year he was born. His "Over-the-Hill Old
Fart" whiskey was created from a bottle of Old Granddad using the same
technique to create the labels.
|Use this same label-making process to create
one-of-a-kind party favors for a child's birthday
celebration. Create your own designs to label bottles
of bubbles for each guest, and single-serving plastic
bottles of fruit-flavored drinks.
By combining beautiful custom-labeled bottles with other crafts
shown on this website (candies, bag tag gifts, notepads, etc.),
you'll be able to create incredible gift baskets suitable for
absolutely any gift-giving occasion.