Once the busy food canning season is over, my pantry is filled with jars and jars of yummy home grown food… but it’s not very pretty. I’m on a mission to get my pantry organized, and pretty things up with bright and colorful custom canning labels. So, I decided to try my hand at making my own printable canning labels, and I wanted to share them with you too!
I’ve always just written on my canning jar lids with a permanent marker, but that’s ugly and boring. Plus, it doesn’t do justice to all the time and hard work I put into growing and canning all of that lovely food! I want to add a personalized touch to my jars. So, I created these super cute canning labels. Now you can download them for free, and print them off right at home and use them to give your canning jars that special personal touch.
Printable Canning Labels
To print your canning jar labels, you can either use printable label templates (option 1 below), or you can use paper (option 2 below). The labels look best when you use a color printer, but you can also print them in black and white if you don’t have a color printer. (Note: the links for downloading the printable canning labels are at the bottom of this post)
Option 1: Use printable label templates to print the canning labels
- Printable round label templates (2″ size labels for regular canning jar lids, and the 2.5″ size for wide mouth)
- Pen, sharpie or colorful markers
Follow the instructions that come with the labels to make sure you have your printer settings correct before printing your labels. I recommend printing a test copy on regular paper before using the canning label templates to make sure everything is lining up correctly on your printer. Once you have your labels printed, you can write on them and then simply peel and stick them onto the canning jar lids.
Option 2: Use paper to print the canning jar labels
- Card stock paper
- Scissors or large hole punch (2″ hole punch for regular jar lids, 2.5″ hole punch for wide mouth lids)
- Glue stick
- Pen, sharpie or colorful markers
If you’d rather print the canning labels on paper and cut them out manually, I recommend using a thick card stock paper rather than regular printer paper (card stock paper will hold up better and look much nicer). Once they’re printed you can cut your labels out with scissors, or if you’re not so great with the scissors, use a large crafting hole punch. The hole punch will make the job much faster and more precise than simply using scissors.
You can write on your labels before or after cutting them out, whichever is easiest for you. Then you’re ready, use a glue stick to completely cover the back of each label with glue, and then press them onto the canning jar lids.
You can use anything you want to write on your labels. But if you want to get all matchy-matchy, you can use color coordinated markers. Cute!
These free printable canning jar labels are great for adding bright pops of color to your pantry, and make your jars look even prettier. But you can use them for anything you want! They would work great for storing dry food in canning jars too, or using canning jars to organize your trinkets. They’re also perfect to add a cute, personal touch to your jars if you’re going to be giving your canned food away as gifts too!
Download Your Free Printable Canning Jar Labels
These printable canning labels come in two sizes, perfect for either regular or wide mouth canning jar lids.
- Regular mouth canning jar labels
- Wide mouth canning jar labels (coming soon)
I hope you’ll enjoy these free printable canning labels! If these end up being something you love, then I will definitely be making more designs in the future, so please be sure to let me know!
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Leave a comment below and let me know how you like these printable canning labels.