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Practical Uses for Unused Blank Shipping Labels

November 11, 2014

Do you have old sheets of blank shipping labels lying around your house or office that you have no use for anymore? We are certain that many of you do, so we wanted to put together a little list with some ideas of how you can use them old blank labels for practical purposes. We have mentioned one or two of these in previous posts but wanted to cover some other uses that we have not ever mentioned.

  • Personalized Envelope Seals

Adding a personalized envelope seal is a great way to spice up your mail, and it is a perfect way to add a special message to someone that means a lot to you. Adding your special message for a loved one is fast and simple when using blank labels. You can do custom printing on the label, or to make it even more personal you can create the label all by hand with a pen or marker. This will help bring a smile to the face of your loved one and the extra time you spent creating the message will mean a lot to them.

  • Photo Labels

Over the years you have probably accumulated a lot of family photos, and sometimes as you look back on older photos you may not remember exactly when it was taken. Labeling all of your photos is a great way to always know exactly when a photo was taken. It is easy to slap a label on the back of a photo so you can write down the date the picture was taken, the names of the people in the photo, as well as their ages at the time. You can also append any other pertinent information that you may want to recollect from the photograph..

  • Cup Labels at Parties

This is one that we had mentioned briefly in another post, but it had to be mentioned again here because this is a perfect way to use labels. Keeping track of your cup at parties can be tough, especially when it is a party with a lot of people. The easiest way to go about this is to keep the blank labels and a sharpie right next to the plastic cups. This way, when someone grabs a cup they can write their name on it with a label before filling it. This will eliminate waste since people will not lose drinks as easily.

  • Contest Entry Info

This is an awesome way to use old shipping labels.  You can create the labels right on your computer and then print them out to bring with you when attending trade shows, fairs, farmers markets, or any other place where you know you may be entering into contests. The labels should include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address printed on them.  This will save you the time of having to write all of this info out multiple times during your visit which means more time to enjoy!

  • Labeling Your Belongings

This is a popular alternative use of blank labels, and it is a perfect means to help ensure that you get back anything that you lend out. Print labels that have your name and contact info on them and then you can label all of your CDs, movies, books, tools, and anything else that you want to keep track of. Next time a friend or family member borrows something you won’t have to worry as much about them forgetting to return it since your name will be right on it to remind them..

  • Labels as Gift Tags

It can be frustrating when you are wrapping gifts and run out of gift tags. It is easy to create your own gift tags though, particularly if you have white labels that you have no use for. You can just simply use the labels by writing the information right on the blank label, or you can become creative again and create your own beautiful customized labels on your computer.

  • Name Tags

Here is another way to use them blank labels you have, these could even be used in tandem with the cup labels at parties. Labels as name tags will help people learn names, meet new people, and can even help kick start a conversation.

These are only a few of the many creative uses for blank labels, and using your imagination, we are sure you can come up with many more. Whether it is for labeling projects, crafts, or anything else, labels can be a huge help in so many different ways.  Do you have a unique way that you have used old blank shipping labels? If so please tell us about them in the comments!


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