If the last collaboration we did with A Printable Press was any indication, I think it’s obvious that free downloads are just about my favorite How-To there is (and apparently yours too! Y’all loved that banner). I think it’s because they are perfect for those of us who, like me, are crafting-lite (which is, what? 90% of APW?). Sure, I like to make pretty things, and I can generally work my way through most geometric shapes without getting too discouraged, but anything that requires artistry of any sort is—Heidi Klum—out.
So! Since it’s the holidays, longtime sponsor Kimi of A Printable Press whipped up this awesome label that can double for wedding favors or for personalized holidays gifts. (I know, she’s wicked smart.) There are two styles of labels, one inspired by the classic chef’s label, with a sweet classic font and delicate details, and a second one inspired by woodtype grunginess, which is a bit more rugged and retro.
You can personalize your labels in a number of ways—add a date, a little phrase, the name of your treat, and your initials. The only fields that are uneditable are “Genuine Homemade” and “Indulge & Savor” (though Kimi suggests that you can always write in “well someone made it!” if your treat isn’t exactly…er…from scratch).
Now, in case you missed our last printable tutorial, I just want to remind everyone that the process is seriously easy. Since all the design work is done for you, the only skills required to execute this project are basic office skills—printing, cutting, hole punching, etc. It’s the freezer pie of crafts, if you will.
To start, choose which design you want (click here to download the Classic Cook inspired label or here for the Woodtype one). Then download the customizable PDF by clicking the “free download” button on the page. When the PDF opens (make sure to open in Adobe Acrobat and not your browser), place your cursor inside the greyed out sections and add your personal message. (Hint: if the name of your treat is simple, use page 2; if it’s longer use the two-line version on page 3.)
Then, print that page onto a sheet of paper, cardstock, or self-adhesive paper (depending on your project. If you want to stick the label to a container, use the self-adhesive paper. If you want to punch a hole in it and hang it from a container, use cardstock or other thick paper). Then cut out your labels using either scissors, an X-acto knife or a two inch circle cutter. (Kimi says the circle cutter it he easiest of the three.) Once the labels are cut, if you’re using self-adhesive paper, score the back of the paper lightly with an X-acto knife and fold to remove the backing. (Don’t be like me here. I always try to convince myself I can get it with my nails and I’m always wrong. Always.) Finally, stick your label to your container, smooth out any bubbles, and embellish as desired.
And now you have the world’s easiest personalized gifts! So bake some cookies for the holidays, make salted caramels as wedding favors (and then send them to me, maybe?), make some truffles for a baby shower. Of if you want to try something less expected, you could pickle okra, mix personalized curry powder, or come up with your own five-alarm hot sauce recipe. Heck, you even have my permission to skip the making things part altogether and just use this download to personalize all the stuff in your pantry (am I the only one who likes seeing their name on things?) Whatever you choose, can I just get a “hell yes” to uncomplicated and yet still totally gratifying homemade gifts? Because seriously, I don’t care what Pinterest tells us—cheap, easy, and tasty is exactly how they should be.
Photos by: Kimi of A Printable Press (APW Sponsor)