The Secret to Making Vintage Bottle Labels

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On a recent post, I shared how to group collectibles for more impact. In that post, I shared my collection of Vintage Amber Bottles with Vintage Rusty Labels attached. Since many of you asked where the labels came from, I decided to share. If you missed the previous post, Best Ideas for Fall Decorating, click here.

Here is the secret to making vintage bottle labels that you can use to attach to bottles or cabinetry. This is such a simple and easy tutorial and although they are faux vintage, you’ll be amazed how good they look. All you need is some left over coffee and cinnamon plus plain card stock.


First determine what style of label you prefer. There are several Free Printable Labels available online. If you don’t have a printer, you can download and send to a local printer such as Staples or Office Depot.


Once you have your labels printed you can begin the aging process. I just save a little coffee from my morning cup and pour it into a flat dish. Prepare a drying area using either a towel or paper towels with some protection for your counter tops underneath. Quickly dip your labels into the coffee and then transfer to your drying area. You can dribble extra coffee onto the card stock to add darker spots.

Rust Your Labels

Next, sprinkle the entire surface with cinnamon. Allow the card stock labels to dry thoroughly.

Cute out the labels

Once the paper is completely dry, you can begin to cut the labels using scissors.

If you love simple and easy DIY Tutorials,  Click here for another great tutorial from earlier this year.

Attach Labels

You can attach the labels to most bottles using double stick tape. I also like to tie them onto the neck of some bottle by attaching a piece of jute string. Just punch a hole large enough to slip the string through and tie a knot to prevent the string from pulling through the hole. I used an ice pick to punch the hole.


To create an authentic aged look, you can distress the edges of the label. Here I’ve taken the ice pick and removed some of the label around the edge. As a result, the label appears more worn and realistic.

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  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Sep 05, 2021

    Beautiful labels 😻😻😻 now if I only had a printer I would definitely be doing these❤️

  • Leigh Leigh on Sep 15, 2021

    I used the coffee trick to dye my vintage inspired label for this bottle too. It worked great and I used just plain white copy paper for mine. It worked great and after I applied it to the bottle with spray adhesive, I did the wash with cold coffee in multiple layers until I got the desired effect, letting each dry completely before the next layer. Once it was dry, I noticed that little lines appeared on the label that made it look very old with authentic wear. I tried using card stock once before and found it didn't take the staining as easily and the thin paper stock was much easier to apply and get a smoother finish on the bottle. I now use the card stock only for hanging labels for my Apple Pie Moonshine drink that I make at Christmastime to give our friends as gifts. They love it! Perhaps I'll use some vintage-look bottles this year to make them extra special instead of just the regular pint-sized Mason jars. Here's my recycled vintage syrup bottle. I found the label online with a simple Google search for "vintage syrup label."