Waterproof water bottle labels provide an easy solution for personalizing water bottles for promotional items, parties, etc. Regular label sticker paper would not hold up to a little ice in a cooler. Enter: waterproof sticker paper! This project is easy and requires no fancy equipment, just a home printer, waterproof sticker paper, and paper cutter. Let’s dive into the details!
Waterproof Sticker Paper
My go to sticker paper is from Online Labels. I typically use their matte white blank labels for most of my stickers. However, I needed some labels that could withstand some water. I decided to test out Online Labels’ Waterproof Matte for Inkjet Printers. I tested these with water and found that scrapping the design with my nail was the only way to get the design to budge. These hold up well to water!
Keep an eye on printer compatibility to make sure the labels work for your printer, whether inkjet or laser. For water bottle labels, you need to procure full letter size blank sheets. The white matte finish is buttery smooth and for this project, it is a perfect fit for plastic water bottle labels. The waterproof paper also comes in other finishes such as a waterproof clear frosted matte. They would make really fun labels on glass bottles.
I am using Silhouette Studio to make and print my labels. I used standard Kirkland branded water bottles for sizing. The standard 8.5″ letter size width is perfect for the water bottle circumference. There is a tiny bit of overlapping, which I preferred to have so I did not cut them shorter. I did make the labels taller than the standard Kirkland label so that I could fit exactly 6 labels per sheet of paper.
The first thing that I did for my design in Silhouette Studio was making a quick template for how to center the design. My labels are 8.375″ x 1.833″. I found the centers and marked those as well. When printing, the red lines will not print because the line thickness is set to 0.000 and the “Print Lines of Selected Shapes” box in the Line Style menu is left unchecked. In Silhouette Studio, I evenly spaced them so that I would not have to worry about cutting any margins off as they are built into the label design.
Once your design is ready, it is time to print! I use a standard HP inkjet printer. A fancy printer is not necessary. To help get more vibrant designs on matte sticker paper, use a matte brochure paper type and change the print quality to best. This adjusts the amount of ink and speed that the printer will print. It will print slowly, but if you are doing multiple sheets, this will give you time to cut 6 labels while the next sheet is printing…and maybe go get a beverage while more sheets print. I made 300 of these and I won’t lie, most of the time was spent just waiting for the printer. It was totally worth it over the standard print quality setting!
Cutting the Waterproof Water Bottle Labels
To cut these labels, I am using a standard paper trimmer. Super simple and with a sharp blade, this is quick work! Cut each label around the 1.83 mark, which is just under the 7/8 marking.
Why not cut these on the Cameo? I am not using Print & Cut for these because a) I can fit more per sheet increasing the efficient use of the paper from 3-4 labels/sheet to at least 6 labels/sheet, b) this is a simple straight cut, and c) it will be much faster to cut these with a paper cutter than registering each page on the Silhouette and waiting for it to cut. If your label shape is more complicated, then Print & Cut is the way to go and this matte finish paper will help increase success for registration. Check out this post for the how-to.
Here’s the final product! Super simple and a great way to personalize water bottles for any sort of event. These were for a local food drive by Newman Realty Group to hand out to the community as they stop by to drop off donations. Some other uses for printing your own waterproof water bottle labels would be birthday parties, wedding welcome bags, etc. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
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