Tips for Creating the Perfect Bottle Label

By Online Labels
Selecting the right bottle label material and size are important decisions when creating a personalized bottle. So, too, are the design and application processes. With that in mind, we've compiled this article to help you through the bottle labeling process.
Water, beer, and wine bottles with varying bottle labels

Choosing a Bottle Label Material

If you're labeling water, beer, or white wine, there's a chance your bottle will end up in a fridge or cooler. You want your label to stand up to whatever conditions it comes into contact with. Many of our labels are weatherproof / waterproof, designed to resist water and keep your design looking great. For moisture and liquid protection, choose from these materials:

Weatherproof Labels

White Matte

Our weatherproof white matte material has one of the strongest adhesives we offer and is the perfect material for any bottle that may come into contact with ice, water, or moisture. It's tear-resistant and can easily adhere to surfaces such as metal, plastic, and glass.

Shop our weatherproof white matte labels for inkjet printers (WJ) or our weatherproof white matte labels for laser printers (LP).

Weatherproof Labels

White Gloss

The gloss label material will produce photo-quality results, making it the perfect label material for printing pictures or high-resolution images. It's extremely water and tear resistant yet also flexible.

Our weatherproof white gloss labels (WI) are available for inkjet printers only.

White Gloss Labels

Clear Matte

For an elegant look, our weatherproof clear matte labels are sure to impress. They let your surface color show through while still allowing text or images to be readable. The durable material has a powerful adhesive that works well on a variety of surfaces.

Learn more about our weatherproof clear matte material (CX) made only for laser printers.

White Gloss Labels

Clear Gloss

Get that "no-label look" with our durable, weatherproof clear gloss label. Its permanent adhesive is extra strong and will stick to most surfaces. Plus, its special top coat won't let ink run, smear, or smudge when submerged in ice or water.

Our clear gloss weatherproof material (CL) is available exclusively for laser printers.

Silver Foil Labels

Metallic Silver

The brushed silver finish on our metallic foil labels is perfect for use in an elegant or decorative setting. The permanent adhesive backing is water-resistant and durable, ready to stand up to a night in the cooler or extreme temperatures.

Our weatherproof silver labels (SP) are only compatible with laser printers.

View our complete listing of label materials.

Picking the Right Size Bottle Label

When it comes to labeling curved objects like bottles, it can be tricky to find the right size. Here are two quick and painless ways to find out your bottle's circumference:

  • Download and print our printable ruler. With a bendable ruler, you're able to accurately measure the circumference.
  • If you don't have access to a printer, measure the diameter of the bottle's bottom. To find the circumference, multiply the diameter by pi (3.14).

Once you have your measurements, return to our website and visit the Shop by Label Size section. Plug in your desired width and height and make your choice from the resulting list. You can also view some common bottle label sizes and find the one that best matches your dimensions. Before you select the final size, we recommend adding 1/4" to the length. Having an overlap will give your bottles a finished look and will also keep the label in tact for an extended period of time.

Designing a Bottle Label

When it comes to designing a bottle label, you may not know where to begin. Below are a list of resources you can use to help you get started:

Applying a Bottle Label

Once you've made your bottle material and size selection, designed the label, and hit print, the next big step is to ensure the label is correctly applied to your bottle. The following steps are among the easiest and most recommended ways to apply a label to a bottle.

  1. Place the bottle on a surface that won't allow it to roll. We've found that placing it in your lap and using your knees to hold the bottle securely works well.
  2. Carefully peel the corner of the label under the seam away from the protective backing.
  3. Grasp the label lightly on both ends and align to the label area on the bottle.
  4. Press the label onto the bottle at the center and smooth out to one side. Return to the center and repeat for the remaining side.
  5. Smooth all the edges down to eliminate any air pockets or creases.



We hope this guide was helpful as you set out to create custom bottle labels that are not only appealing, but functional. Whether you're creating labels for water, beer, wine, events, parties, or business, our selection of bottle labels will ensure you make the best one possible.