Labels in every shape and size

March 11, 2009 | By | Comments (1)

During one of our many (many, many, many) trips to Ikea for kitchen cabinets, I purchased 16 Rajtan spice jars. The jars are the perfect size to hold my surprisingly large collection of spices – I say surprisingly because as many of you know, I don’t cook very often – in an island drawer.

The problem is the jars don’t come with any labels, so while gazing down at a sea of spice jars, I won’t actually be able to tell what’s in them until I pick each jar up. And hope that I can tell the difference between garlic powder and garlic salt.

The ideal solution would be labels I can print out and place on top of each jar. To fit my needs a label would have to be round and 3/4 inch in circumference, water-resistant, and computer printable.

To answer my husband’s question – this is not a label I can find at my local office supply store.

Fortunately, a couple of years ago I discovered the web site, a site which has become my first stop for unusual labels. They have half-inch circles, star bursts, rectangles, and CD labels. Many of the shapes are also available in a variety of colors and materials including gloss, vinyl, polyester, foil and card stock. Through the site you can shop by shape, size, material or use. The site also provides free templates (word and pdf) so you can plan out your labels before you buy.

For my spice bottles I chose a .75" round sticker made out of waterproof polyester. With 5 sheets costing me $8.38 (the more you buy, the more you save) plus $4.95 shipping, the labels aren’t cheap, but hopefully they will reduce my frustration in the kitchen.

What’s the most unusual label you’ve ever needed? Where you able to find it or did you have to come up with a creative solution?