Handy guide to water bottle labels

November 8, 2010  ·  Posted under shop news, tips & resources

Water bottle labels are really popular items in my shop, and so I get asked a lot of questions about them! I know you want special touches at your party to be just right, so I thought it’s about time that I do a mini guide to water bottle labels. So, here are the top three things that inquiring minds want to know:

1. Are your water bottle labels really waterproof? Yes, one hundred percent! Throw ’em in an ice bucket and don’t give it a second thought. The label will still look perfect even after weeks underwater. (Not even kidding!)

2. Should I take off the old label before putting on the new one? Yes. The new label would show wrinkles from the old label underneath. And as we all know, wrinkles = yuck.

3. What brand of water should I use? Now, that’s the big question. There are so many water bottle brands that it’s hard to provide an exact list of what would work (brands even vary by region – who knew?). My favorite brand is Archer Farms by Target – it’s a pretty bottle and the labels fit perfectly! You can use any brand, though. The rule of thumb is that the manufacturer’s label should be around 2″ tall. The labels that I make are 2″ high, so that means that it would be an easy swap.

4. Do the labels fit minis? Yes! Miniature or kid-size water bottles are the same diameter around, just a different height. So, the labels fit just as well as on full-size (tall) water bottles.

Helpful hint: Take a business card with you when you go shopping. The short side of a business card is 2″ tall. So, if the water bottle label matches the business card, you’re good to go!

So that’s my brief Q&A! For the next portion of the handy guide, here are photos that show how my labels fit on some popular brands. This is not a complete list by any means, and other brands will work as well. But, I’m hoping my photos will be a helpful starting point for you!







…more to come!

PS. One last word… recycle, please. Better yet, save water bottles for special occasions and use a nice refillable bottle other days of the year. The earth (and I) will thank you! : )


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  1. 1
    Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 7:10 pm
    PartyMom says:
    What great info! I haven't (yet) used water bottle labels, and never even thought about the label size differences. Thanks for the heads up!
  2. 2
    Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 7:46 pm
    Feltplayground says:
    I love knowing you went all around town to pick up those different kinds of water. And who knew the offices of Chickabug LLC had their own label!! :)
    • 2.1
      Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 7:53 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      Ha! I've actually been collecting them for a little while... as you know, I
      never have bottled water otherwise. ; )
  3. 3
    Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 9:59 am
    Anonymous says:
    Nice info........


  4. 4
    Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 1:08 am
    Salsa says:
    Where do you buy your labels from for printing?
    • 4.1
      Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 8:51 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      You can buy every type of label imaginable at onlinelabels.com. : )
  5. 5
    Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 9:47 am
    Victoria says:
    WOW! Been needing this for a while! Love making my own labels but the sizing is so tricky! Thanks so much!
    • 5.1
      Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 8:55 pm
      Heather says:
      I'm so glad my post came in handy! Thanks Victoria! : )
  6. 6
    Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Tay says:
    How along are the label? I know they are 2 inches high, but how long to fit around the mini deer park bottle?
    • 6.1
      Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 12:05 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Tay! Our water labels are 8.5" wide. :)