How to Make Your Own Water Bottle Labels

Things You'll Need

  • Case of water bottles with labels soaked off
  • 2- by 4-inch sheet labels
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Word program–label template
  • Page-making program--alternate
  • Graphic of the school mascot
  • 90-pound paper stock
  • Ribbon–school colors
  • Hole [unch
  • Laminator
  • Clear contact paper

Almost everyone has a water bottle within fingertip reach for that quick sip. Keeping water bottles separate means labeling so everyone can have a personal stash. Take that idea a step further and you can invent a surefire fundraiser for your school or church. All you need is a case of water, a computer and some Avery labels for names. In this project we will make a personalized fundraiser water bottle for school kids.

Open the Label Wizard in Microsoft Word and match it to the size labels purchased. There are many size choices, but you need a face that will hold the name of your school in large enough size to be recognizable. Helvetica or Comic Sans at 24 to 36 point are appropriate. Place school name in the center of the label. Black is easier to read than color.

Add an image of the school mascot. The school office always has jpegs to share. Transfer the mascot onto the label design. Add a border in school colors if you wish. Adjust the name of the school and the size of the mascot to complement each other. Print a single label. Remove the commercial label and place the new one on the front of the water bottle. Decide if this is a size that looks right on your bottle. You can always go larger, but usually not smaller.

The personalized part of the bottle extends to each child’s name. Make a name tag by drawing a 1-inch by 2-inch rectangle in 3-point line width in the major school color. Use a thick, readable font like Poster to put a child’s first name in the center. If your page-making program allows it (Resource No. 3), customize the name with rainbow shades for a nice punch of color. Print and trim. If you are doing a fundraiser, take orders so you have lead time to make the tags. Doing them in batches allows for several tags per page.

Laminate all the tags and trim them. If there is no laminator available, the next best choice is clear contact paper to seal the tag. Punch a hole in the corner and tie the tag to the bottle with school-color ribbon.


  • Water bottles may be filled more than once as long as they are washed between fillings. You may wish to place a small piece of clear contact paper over the bottle label to keep it fresh.



About the Author

Pat Olsen has over 35 years of experience as a professional journalist in California. She attended San Francisco State and Pacific College. Olsen has several published books, is a staff writer for Mill Creek Living Magazine, and currently writes for Demand Studio. She is a retired educator who still teaches twice a week.