It’s the time of year to start gathering the autumn fruits and making jams and chutneys. To help things along, I have created a free printable labels template for you to download and use. It works brilliantly if you have a Cricut (or Silhouette) cutting machine, but equally well if you don’t.
I’ll show both ways so you can see how simple it is.
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How Can I Print Labels at Home for Free?
If you’ve stumbled on this page, you’re probably looking for inspiration to create some affordable labels at home.
There are lots of different ways.
- Microsoft Word: It has built-in templates for various label sizes. Go to File > New and search for ‘labels’. Choose the template that matches your label sheet.
- Google Docs: You can use Google Docs to design labels, although it might not be as straightforward as MS Word.
- Label Design Software: There are free software options available for label design, such as Avery Design & Print or GLabels (for Linux users).
- Online Platforms: Websites like Canva have label design options, and while some features are premium, many are free to use.
- Download our Free Printable Labels Template: Definitely the most straightforward option!! Not only is it the easiest, as all you need to do is print and cut, but the design is pretty and will make really lovely jam labels.
Creating the Jam Labels Design
I haven’t drawn anything from scratch for a while! Sharing the fall floral alphabet SVG, and remembering the process of drawing the flowers and berries made me want to create something new. But instead of a pencil and drawing pad, I used my iPad instead.
I love creating patterns.
It’s a bit of a lengthy process, but definitely worth the effort!
I start by drawing all the elements for my pattern — leaves, berries etc — simple shapes to begin with, then I clean them up and add the details.
Once I’m happy with all of my drawings, I take them into Photoshop and create a repeat pattern.
As blue is opposite to orange on the colour wheel, I added a pale, duck egg blue background to my autumn botanicals to really make them pop.
As I said, it’s a bit of a drawn-out process but so rewarding.
Once I’d created the repeat pattern, I designed some little labels and used the autumn botanicals pattern in the background.
It’s lovely to be able to create a totally unique design to create some jam labels with. And — in turn — a free printable labels template for other people to enjoy.
How to Use This Free Printable Labels Template With a Cricut
If you’re lucky enough to have a Cricut machine, you can upload the free printable labels template png to the Cricut Design space to print and cut your jam labels with ease.
Here’s the process:
- Upload the png file to Cricut Design Space.
- Choose ‘Simple’ from ‘Select Image Type’.
- As the jam labels are already on a transparent background, just press ‘Apply & Continue’.
- Select the ‘Print Then Cut Image’ option, then click the green ‘Upload’ button.
- Add the file to your canvas.
- The file usually imports larger than it actually is, so — to print and cut to A4 size (or 8.3 x 11.7 inches) — change the size manually to a width of 6.28 inches.
The height should autimatically change to 9.8 inches.
- Click the ‘Make It’ button.
- Choose your material size (A4 size or 8.3 x 11.7 inches), then hit ‘Continue’.
- Send to printer.
- Choose your material. I like to use glossy printable sticker paper on the ‘Washi Sheet’ setting.
- Print the file, then pop the printout on your cutting mat, and let the Cricut work its magic!
If you want to add some text to the labels in the Cricut Design Space, you can do that too. It can gives a more professional look, if that’s what you like.
Although personally, I really love handwritten labels for handmade or homegrown items. I think it makes them more charming.
How to Print and Cut This Free Printable Labels Template Manually
Simply download and upload the free printable labels template PNG to your computer, then hit print! If your printer is not already set to print to A4, alter the settings, then continue.
You can print onto plain white copy paper or label paper.
Then, once you have your printouts, cut the jam labels out manually and stick the labels — either with glue — or, if you’ve used label paper, peel the backing off and stick to your jars.
Other Uses For These Printable Labels
Although I originally designed this printable labels template for homemade cordial, chutney, and jam, it did strike me that they’d work for a load of other uses.
- Gift tags
- Gift bag stickers
- Present labels
- Planner stickers
- Address labels
- Kitchen cupboard organisation labels
- Personalised bookplate stickers
Want Some More Free Printables?
A group of my creative buddies have created a whole host of free downloads, from free printable labels template to coloring in sheets. Check them out and see if there’s any you like.
- Extraordinary Chaos, Fall Coloring Alphabet
- Artsy-Fartsy Mama, Autumn Activity Page
- Simple Made Pretty, Fall Stamped Book Covers
- Mum in the Mad House, Kids Halloween bookmarks
- The Listed Home, Autumn/Fall Jam Labels
- The Denver Housewife, Fall Bucket List
- The Quiet Grove, Autumn Harvest I Spy Game
- Little Miss Eden Rose, Autumn Floral Printable for Crafting
- Like Love Do, Autumn Pumpkin Printables
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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.