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The following is a pic-tutorial of how to create your own labels in Microsoft Word.

A few words to the wise:
  • print on plain paper first
  • I used solid sheets of “label paper” like this. Be sure you get ink jet paper for an ink jet printer or laser paper for a laser printer.
  • which allows for fun square or star shaped labels too… the sky’s the limit
  • make your margins smaller so you can squeeze more on a page

Click on each picture for the bigger picture…

Merry! Merry!

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  • Hillary Dunham
    December 16, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    You are too much with your detailed instructions!! That is awesome!! Now I want to know how you do that and saved each picture file with your comments. That’s really impressive… and I’m a quasi-computer person! I can’t wait to try the labels! Thanks for giving me the courage to give it a shot!

  • becky
    December 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    holy cow. that was the best tut i have ever seen. i wonder how many of us are gonna make stickler stickers?? hey…that sounds like a business…sticklers stickers.

    i’m a dork.

  • Rachel
    December 16, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank you! I just worked through the tutorial and made my own stickers. I LOVE them! You are so talented and I really enjoy reading about each of your creative ventures. Thanks again!

  • andi
    December 16, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I am excited to try this. I am crackin’ up at the ESPN play lines throughout. How’d ya do that? You rock!

  • Ashley, Ryan and Reed
    December 16, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you so much!! This is amazing!! Your tutorial was amazing!!! I couldn’t have done it without you!!

  • Natalie McGough
    December 16, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    I was just about to email you and ask for directions on the labels…your on top of things: )!! thanks for sharing all of your good ideas, they give me fun projects to work on in COLD Vermont: )!!!

  • Ashley, Ryan and Reed
    December 16, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you so much!! This is amazing!! Your tutorial was amazing!!! I couldn’t have done it without you!!

  • Carly
    December 16, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks to you, I’ve had a ball making and designing my very own Christmas lables! You are wonderful! Thanks for sharing your tips with us:)

  • Joyce
    December 16, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    WOW! Thank you!!! I will have to give this a try. Enjoy…

  • The Martin Family
    December 16, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    D — you rock my world!!! How do you find the time to not only make this stuff in the first place but then teach all of us? You are my hero! Those presents were so cute – we made the pretzels last week for Ford’s teachers, but the presentation wasn’t nearly as cute! Merry Christmas!

  • margaret
    December 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    thanks for sharing, darby!! you are so smart!

  • The Harris Family
    December 16, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    You’re so creative and do so much with three kids I can’t stand it! 🙂 Thanks girl you rock! ( I noticed one blogger asked how you did the ‘ESPN play lines’, now you’re going to have to blog on how you blogged ! haha)

  • simply seleta
    December 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if you’re a human or an angel. Still pondering.

  • Wright Family
    December 16, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    TOO CUTE!!! Thank you for sharing how you did the adorable labels. Your instructions were perfect. God has really gifted you with creativity in a major way!

  • erika
    December 16, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    you kill me.
    my favorite was the “oops”!
    i have never seen someone do graphics in microsoft word… i did not know such cuteness could be made outside of photoshop and illustrator!? you have proven me wrong.
    label wizard, you rock.
    night,
    mommasis

  • Hillary Dunham
    December 16, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    OK. I just did my labels and am pretty proud of them! Seriously- I could not have done them without the tutorial! Play by play is always where I excel! AND, I did it on the new version of Word (which did require a smidgen of my own brainpower, but that’s about it).
    THANKS SO MUCH!! I LOVE THEM! I’ve got to go get label sticky paper tomorrow!

  • Whitney and Dan
    December 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    thanks so much for the detailed instructions! i have already used them! so cute!

  • the sweet life with olives
    December 17, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Ok, now your crafty ways have exceeded my sad level of knowledge and understanding. I love that you made a step by step guide to personalized sticker making. While I don’t understand how to sew, cook or create half as well as you, I sure do love watching you work your magic!:-)

  • Kellie Patton
    December 17, 2008 at 6:32 am

    How in the world did you know ho to do all that – do you have a computer science degree too?

  • Abby Maddox
    December 17, 2008 at 6:35 am

    That HAD to have taken a long time A-to figure out and B-to create in tutorial form. I have been lusting over your stickers and now, I feel like I’ve gotten a Christmas present 🙂 THANK YOU

  • Alyson
    December 17, 2008 at 6:52 am

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for several weeks and just wanted to say thanks for sharing this post!!! I made the labels last night and didn’t have sticker paper so I printed on card stock, cut out, punched a hole and tied with ribbon…super cute! Thanks again for sharing, you are awesome!!!

  • Martha
    December 17, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Oh my gosh. I had no idea I even had the capabilities on my computer to do this!!

    Awesome! Thanks!

  • Katie
    December 17, 2008 at 7:35 am

    i actually wrote out three sentences saying exactly (word for word) what your sis wrote…so scratch it now…

    attempt #2
    darby, you are too resourceful for a single human being…if only we could swim in the fountain of your creativity, we would be eternally grateful. there. erika didn’t write that 🙂

    now I am off to make some labels…

  • Dona
    December 17, 2008 at 8:09 am

    I’m with Abby! That is the best Christmas gift I will get this year! I can’t wait to try it!!!!!! Thank you!

  • MyLittleHappyPlace
    December 17, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Can’t wait to give this a try – Thanks a mucho!!

  • aedozier
    December 17, 2008 at 9:19 am

    You are a great teacher! I am taking the gift of your idea to stick on my homemade orange bread for our teachers. How do you have time?

  • megan
    December 17, 2008 at 9:30 am

    The labels are so cute! That is quite a post. I would have never guessed microsoft word could do all of that. Such a talent, you are!

  • Lisa
    December 17, 2008 at 9:32 am

    You are amazing. I am still thinking “How did you learn ALL this stuff??”
    Merry Christmas!

  • Tess
    December 17, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I have been a blog stalker for a long time, and just can’t hide myself anymore! You are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing all that you create, I have almost tried them all. I really appreciate the message from your blog and feel your pains as well. Again, it is nice to “meet” you, and you are amazing!
    Tess

  • Jennifer
    December 17, 2008 at 10:34 am

    You make me feel so inadequate! You are so crafty! Love your projects and loved that dish towel you gave away! Thanks for all the inspiration and words of encouragement you provide to all your readers when they ask you questions about how you did something…that might be me one day!

  • Jill Pope
    December 17, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Darby! It’s Jill Pope, L.A.’s friend! I cannot believe how awesome you are…I really want to be you when I grow up! I am definately using this sticker idea! Your children are too cute! I love “stalking” your blog. P.S. Isn’t it exciting that L.A.’s having another girl?!

  • Lindsey
    December 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    thank you SO much for this. i know we all appreciate it. you definitely spread christmas cheer!

  • Our Family
    December 17, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Those are great! I am impressed that you have time to upload directions with three little ones. I love your blog and enjoy all your many ideas.

  • Anonymous
    December 17, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Long time reader, sounds nicer than stalker. You amaze me with all of your talents.

  • Meaghan
    December 17, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    thank you!!! this is fabulous! i’m retarded, i never could have gotten this!

  • pink green & southern
    December 18, 2008 at 5:50 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for the detailed instructions. I’ve been wanting to know how to do this FOREVER and would have never figured it out without you!!!

  • Anonymous
    December 18, 2008 at 6:59 am

    I just adore your blog! You have the best and most creative ideas about everything! I’ve been a long time reader or lurker… And I share your love for owls. XO at the University of Tennessee!

    Your blog is my daily pick-me-up and accountability partner. Thanks for all that you do!!!!!Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family! God Bless!

  • Dianne
    December 18, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Is there anything you can’t do?
    I am constantly amazed at you!

  • Dena
    December 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    you could put me out of business with your useful tutorials and now stationery too?? you are killing me!

  • The Honea Bees
    January 7, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I am using this tut for labels to go on birthday treat bags for my son’s 1st b-day. I will send you a pic when they are all done!
    THANKS!!

  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Oh my gosh, These are super cute! I am a label freak and have ordered custom one's several times for holiday goodies, favors, etc… I already tried them out and am surprised how easy it was. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Melanie Malone
    October 15, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Thanks so much, you are a doll! I am always trying to put polka dots on everything, without buying new software. Can’t wait to try this.

  • Cazra
    November 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I cannot say thank you enough for this tutorial! I have wanted to know how to make these for soooooo long. I kept thinking I was going to have to buy some kind of text editing software like Print Shop. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

  • Talysa
    November 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Finally…a craft I can do!!! Which translates to “a craft that does not require sewing.” 🙂

    One question….when I copy, should it copy everything in my circle, or just the circle?

  • LT
    November 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    After several tries, I finally got it right but the sad thing is, I really don’t know how I did it.

  • Carol Busse
    November 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I have a mac. Is there a way to do these tags on it? I would love to be able to do this. Thanks for the idea and tutorial.

    Carol

  • Kim
    November 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I made the labels, but am now having trouble finding blank label paper. Can you give me any advice on where to find it? Thanks so much!
    Kim

  • Gretchen
    December 6, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    THANK YOU!!! for this AWESOME tutorial! I have been wanting to make some tags and now I have beautiful ones, thanks to you.

    I have one question. I had time copying and pasting the whole project. It kept copying just the dotted circle. Any thoughts?

    Thank you again!!!

  • Gretchen
    December 6, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Oops, that was supposed to read “I had a hard time copying and pasting the entire project.”

  • Anne W
    December 15, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to offer this tutorial, Darby! This was awesome! I just can’t imagine how you figured all of this out!!

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    January 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Wow! You’re a Word Art user like me and I didn’t even know about the dots around the letters – you rock! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Design Dave
    August 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    This is very interesting way to this. So much easier than using some overblown software designed for the task! Thanks again!

  • kristine
    August 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

    WOW! Thank you!!! You made it SO EASY! I LOVE IT!!! Just made b-day labels for my daughters 2nd b-day.

  • Nancy
    November 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I love the tutorial. I just found it….but I still can’t print those round labels and get the blasted things centered. I am pulling my hair out. just wanted to say your tut is wonderful tho. thanks

  • Brandi
    November 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!! I make my own labels and gift tags but I taught myself and have been doing many things the hard way by trial and error. Can’t wait to try it and browse your sight- looks really cute! PS- found you on Today’s Creative Blog

  • Kisha
    July 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    This is the BEST tutorial I have ever seen! Is there a way to make the wording(text box) go around the circle? I might be pushing my luck, but I thought I’d ask 🙂
    Thank you!

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