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Upcycling with Custom Labels

March 26, 2015
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Upcycling is a great way to reuse household items that you would normally just throw away. By taking advantage of custom labels you can upcycle many products into a useful household item for both you and your children.

Coffee Can Piggy Bank

This is a great way to upcycle old coffee cans that normally would just get tossed. All that you need is an old coffee can and some larger labels that will cover the front and back of the can. This can be a fun craft for your children to do and it will let them customize their own piggy bank. This is also a great way to teach your kids about money, recycling, and lets them be as creative as they want.

We would recommend these SL505 labels which are 7.625 x 4.375 inches with rounded corners. They will easily cover the front of a coffee can, and if you use 2 of them you can cover the front and back of the can which gives more room for artwork. Once the can is all decorated you just need to cut a slit in the lid so money can be easily dropped in, and you are ready to go.

Mason Jar Dry Goods Container

Mason jars are such a useful container because so much can be done with them after their initial use. One of the ways to use them in your kitchen is to store dry goods in them such as coffee, rice, oatmeal, and any other goods that you tend to keep in your kitchen cabinets.

Creating custom labels on your home laser or inkjet printer is simple and they will make your storage containers look good so they fit in with your kitchen décor. These SL672 labels have an artsy look and are the perfect size to use as mason jar labels.

Old Wine Bottle Vases

Old wine bottles can be used in so many different ways if you are into upcycling. One of our favorite ways to use them is turning them into vases. This is very simple to do and with labels they can be easily personalized. This is as simple as cleaning out the old wine bottles, removing the old labels, filling them with water, and then adding your flowers.

To personalize them with a special message for your loved on all that you need is some blank wine bottle labels. They are easy to print with your own artwork and message, and they make great gifts to show someone how much they mean to you.

Mason Jar Glass

This is a popular upcycling technique that you have probably seen before, but it is such a great way to upcycle used mason jars that we had to include it.  Using weatherproof labels to print your name, or a personal message is an easy way to make it more special. It is also very simple to make it semi spill proof if you still have the metal lid that comes with many of these canning jars.

To make it so it does not spill as easy all that you need to do is drill a small hole through the center of the lid. You do not want to make this too big, but just the right size for a straw to fit through so you can drink from it.

CD Jewel Case Personalized Picture Frame

This is an interesting project that I have seen done, and using labels it is very easy to make nice, personalized picture frames. All you need for this project is old CD jewel cases, scissors, some cardboard, and your picture.

To start you just need to get your images ready so they will fit properly, using the insert that was originally in the CD case as a template is the best way to get the right size. If that insert is long gone you will have to use a ruler to measure out the correct size. Printing out your image out as a 5” x 7” will make it close to the size you will need (approximately 5 3/8 x 4 5/8).

You also need a piece of cardboard cut to the same size as the image 5 3/8 x 4 5/8) so they fit the jewel case. Once the picture and cardboard is cut out you need to use double sided tape to adhere the image to the cardboard.

The next step is sliding the cardboard and picture into the jewel case so the tabs that held the insert in also hold the picture. This picture frame will stand on its own when you stand it up in a v shape. To personalize it you need to adhere a label to the half opposite the picture. These 4” x 5” labels are a good size to fit in there nicely, and they are quick and easy to print with your artwork or special message.

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