With Father’s Day coming up quickly, I thought I’d share a pretty easy gift that any beer-loving guy would (hopefully) love! These homemade beer bottle labels are super easy and will stand up pretty well through the moisture of a chilled bottle, so no worries there.
My dad can be either difficult or easy to shop for, depending on how you look at it. He’s easy in that I can choose one of the “usual” gifts for every holiday and he’s generally pretty happy, and difficult in that he wouldn’t like most of the fun gift ideas I can think of. So I tend to keep it simple. He does, however, love beer, and he likes it when I make stuff (yay!) so I thought I’d try a DIY gift for him. Granted, he’s more of a Budweiser type than Blue Moon, but I tried to use what I had and Blue Moon is my favorite! Try these DIY beer bottle labels for your dad, and hopefully he’ll enjoy the homemade touch!
- Beer bottles (duh)
- Sticker paper (8.5 x 11 inches)
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Clear glossy spray paint (sealant)
- Your computer + a graphic label (download mine here)
First, fill a bucket or your sink with warm water and a little dish soap. Soak the unopened beer bottles in the water, keeping them standing straight up, and let them soak for at least 15 minutes until the existing labels are easy to scrape off. If there is any sticky residue remaining, scrub with a brush and warm water. Set the bottles aside to dry.
Now, you can make your own labels however you want. I’m definitely not a graphic designer, so I used the program Canva to make a graphic for my labels in the size I wanted. I swear by Canva – it’s my favorite design tool. Plus, it’s free! You can also design it yourself on your computer if you’re a better graphic designer than me. I used 7 in x 3 in dimensions, but you can make it shorter if you prefer. This size label will wrap almost all the way around a standard bottle.
Print the design on your sticky paper. You should be able to fit a couple of labels on each sheet to save paper. Cut the labels out using your paper cutter for straight lines. If you don’t have one, you can certainly use scissors.
Lay the paper on newspapers or cardboard and spray the clear spray paint on the printed labels. This will act as the sealant to keep condensation from ruining the ink on your new labels. It will dry very quickly. Then pull off the sticky backing and adhere the labels to your bottles, smoothing out the paper after it’s placed. Your DIY-ed bottles will be even extra special if you gift them in a wooden beer carrier like this adorable one I found from World Market. The dads in your life are sure to appreciate the beer and, more importantly, what they’re wrapped in.
Enjoy, and stay tuned for a few more gift ideas tomorrow!