Easy Metallic Labels With Alphabet Stickers and Hand Lettering

5 Materials
2 Hours

I use metallic waterproof tape to make quick labels to mark my garden plants, but here's how I make prettier versions for storage containers indoors. These labels are easy to keep clean with a damp cloth and I love the look of the silvery labels.

I made this metallic label for my 'CAROB' jar with Nashua Waterproofing Repair Tape and foil alphabet stickers by "Sticko". Nashua Waterproofing Repair tape comes with different colors of backing, and I've found that any color backing works, but do not use the duct-tape with texture. What I use is the shiny aluminum foil tape.

I started with a 1-inch strip of the tape and used an X-ACTO knife to transfer the letters in a stacked formation. You can just as easily make a horizontal design. The knife helps control the placement of the stickers and doesn't pull off the adhesive, as your fingers might.

This wonderful tape can be etched with a pencil. I used a pencil to etch a simple border around the edge of my carob label. I used a straight-edge to make a thin outline then filled it with small dashes all around the edge.

For this 'Lilac' bud jar, I did hand-lettered script. I simply etched the letters into the tape with my pencil, then highlighted the letters with ink from a blue Ultra-Fine Point Sharpie pen.

This is how I made my template for this label. I applied masking

tape to the jar then outlined the space where the label would go.

I removed the tape and transferred it to a flat piece of pie-pan aluminum and cut it out for a template. Here you can see I was using the template to draw the outline of my label onto some aluminum tape. Lots of experimenting went on as I looked for what would work best.

Here I have applied aluminum tape to the back of some lilac paper. I traced the label shape onto the paper and I cut along the outline. This creates a metallic label with a paper back. The tape will stick directly to glass, metal or plastic but I want labels that I can remove and replace easily. My solution was paper backing and rubber cement.

Here I was practicing the word "Lilac". As you can see a pencil is all you need to etch your lettering into the aluminum tape. However, to make it stand out more, simply go over it with an Ultra-Fine Point Sharpie pen in any color you like.

If you'd like to be able to easily remove your labels and change them in the future, use rubber cement on paper backing to attach it to glass, plastic, or metal as I did. Hold your label in place for several minutes until it grabs.

Now I have a label that is easily cleaned with a damp cloth and when I want to change the label, I can remove the rubber cement easily. By the way, I found these wonderful metal-topped jars from the Dollar Store and LOVE them! I love creating and using every-day, inexpensive items to make wonderful things. If you do also, I hope you'll visit my Home page here to see what's new.

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  • Mia
    on May 10, 2019

    What a great labeling method. I'm definitely bookmarking for later reference. Lilacs are my favorite flower, so I have to ask - what do you use the dried lilacs for?

    • Jewellmartin
      on May 26, 2019

      Mia, this may sound crazy to people without bladder leakage and such, but my urologist suggested that I wear adult pillows plus a smaller pad inside the pull-up. I’m not a candidate for medicines for my situation. I buy the liners or pads that come in a little gauze bag each. I then use the gently opened bags for dried roses, lilac, and any white flowers. When I get a few gauze bags full, I glue the openings closed and I have sachet bags ready. Sometimes I stencil a monogram or bird or heart on the bags first, or glue on a tiny bow or some other decoration. I always have glue, and I often receive bouquets of garden or grocery store flowers from friends and family. I don’t spend anything extra for these fragrant sweet sachets, and I have a little thank you and thinking of you gifts on hand. I use some essential oils, but I also use body powder, room sprays, or even magazine samples as enhancers, or nothing at all. This is a great article, isn’t it? Thanks to Stephie.

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  • Bek
    on May 10, 2019

    LOL, I often joke that chamomile growers should be sending me a kickback, I recommend chamomile tea so often for anxiety and skin issues in cats! I do recommend the prepared tea bags for those, though, as cats can't have English chamomile, and I don't trust the run-of-the-mill reader to know German from English when growing!

    • Bek
      on May 11, 2019

      Brew a cup, chill it in the fridge. Internally for anxiety, 1-3 teaspoonful (up to 3 tablesoonfuls for a cat 12 lb or over) up to three times a day. For skin irritations and minor wounds, just swab it on the affected area. I've used it externally on people, cats, dogs, rats and horses to good effect.

  • Cherie
    on Apr 9, 2020

    Beautiful idea!

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