Want to learn how to make candle labels at home from scratch? Learn the best paper, materials, designs & software/apps to use to make the perfect candle labels!

Candle Labels

Selling candles from home, through Etsy, or through your website? Then you’d want to create awe-inspiring candle labels that burn the midnight oil! 

Today, with lots of FREE tools online and inexpensive sheet labels from enKo, you can easily design candle labels at home like a pro! 

In this post, we’ll teach you how to make labels for candle jars, candle holders, and any candle products. Your questions answered such as:

  • Where to get candle labels
  • How to Design Candle Labels
  • What has to be on Candle labels
  • What Material is Best for Candle Labels
  • How to Print Your Own Candle Labels
  • What Kind of Printer Do You Use to Make Candle Labels

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Where to Get Candle Labels? (Only the Best Tools!)

If you’re running on a tight budget, you won’t need to hire a graphic designer to design your candle labels. You can make them for FREE or perhaps with a small fee (not more than 10 bucks) on Maestro or other design tools. 

I don’t know about you, but I just love free design tools! They are so easy to use and so versatile that you won’t have to be a techy person to understand them. 

So, here are top design tools I recommend where you can get candle labels for free:

1.

Avery is my top go-to place when it comes to printing my own candle labels. It’s one of the easiest tools I use, which would only take me a fraction of my time to get a label done! 

Subscription: FREE

Features:

    • Easy to use
    • Simple, but professional candle label templates
    • Available community

Candle label shape you can get:

You can even set a filter for different standard sizes you need (2/3″ x 1-3/4″, 1″ x 2-5/8″, etc) and the type of design you want (minimalist, colorful, rustic, etc).

How to Design Candle Labels Using Avery

    1. Create an account
    2. Choose your Avery template for candles.
    3. Modify the design as you please
    4. Print or save your design using a blank sheet label!

2.

Now, Canva is a great platform for designing candle labels. It’s one of the MOST RECOMMENDED tools from DIY candle-making/selling groups. And why not? Canva is so versatile and easy to use that you’d only need a few minutes to design anything. There’s no canvas size limitation, it saves images in high-resolution and tons of free templates.

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Subscription: FREE or Premium

Features:

    • Lots of available free templates
    • Customizable templates
    • Drag and drop feature
    • Available community
    • Stunning colors, icons, fonts
    • Thousands of free stock photos (but I recommend using your own candle shots)
    • Free brand kit – Canva will automatically choose a color palette for you based on your logo colors
    • Canvas size is resizable only for blank templates
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How to Design Candle Labels Using Canva

    1. Create a free account
    2. Go to Brand Kit and upload your logo (to sync your brand’s color palette)
    3. Look through the plethora of Candle Label templates for free
    4. Design and customize
    5. Save! (Pro tip: increasing your label resolution to 600 or 1200 and downloading with png should make it high-res)

3.

Illustrator (Not Microsoft Word!)

If you already have Adobe Illustrator installed on your desktop and you know your way around it, it’s one of the best tools to create and design labels. With Illustrator, you can create high-resolution vector imagery that doesn’t become pixelated when resized.

Don’t ever use Microsoft Word! You’d want to make gorgeous labels that make candle-lovers salivate on the aura your candle can create when they use them. 

Adobe-Illustrator-Screen

Adobe Illustrator Screen

And Microsoft Word isn’t great for printing high-quality colored labels because it automatically converts to RGB colors. This means adding extra work to convert the color to CMYK (realistic colors) that would still end up dull (see photo below).

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Source: Webtri

Subscription: You must have an Adobe Illustrator software

Features

    • Creates high-quality vector imagery
    • Not pixelated
    • Realistic, more appealing colors when printed either with Inkjet or Laser

4.

Visme

Spring Bouquet Label Template Visme

Subscription: FREE or Premium

Features:

    • Free candle label designs (but limited)
    • Drag-and-drop
    • Customizable
    • A plethora of icons, fonts, and photos
    • Canvas size is resizable
    • High-resolution images can be downloaded
    • Labels are downloadable as high-resolution PDF files or images

5.

Maestro

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Maestro Label Designer is a label designing software used for creating high-quality custom labels. Lots of candle sellers use this to create captivating labels, however, there are a few conditions before you can download your free design:

    • You need to have an activation code before you can download your design without any watermarks.
    • The activation code is only available when you purchase Online Labels for $9.95 or more

That means you cannot remotely print usable candle labels without actually buying their product. 

The downside in this is the price of the labels. You can find cheaper labels elsewhere with the same quality. Hence, for us, Canva is more suitable to use if you prefer printing your labels at home and spend less than what you bank on printing with Maestro.

Subscription: Buy at least $9.95 or more worth of purchase from Online Labels

Features

    • Large variety of template designs for candles
    • Compatible with Online Labels sheet labels
    • You can upload your own fonts and graphics
    • One of the most professional programs to use for candle label-making
    • One-stop-shop for making candle labels at home, but you’d pay a higher price per label than other options

What Has to Be on a Candle Label?

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Now it’s time to create the contents of your label! What constitutes the ideal candle label architecture? Here’s a checklist you can follow to complete your candle label requirements.

Candle Label Requirements

  • Product Identity: Is it Wax Melt or Candle?
  • Type of Wax
  • Warning (Fire Safety)

Look through the available graphics at the National Candle Association website to comply with the following requirements:

    • Burn within sight
    • Keep away from flammables
    • Keep away from children and pets
  • Candle scent
  • Candle Weight
  • Projected burn time (hours the candle will last)
  • A short Product Description/ Product Story

Here are some examples:

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Credit: MBCCC Designs

What Material is Best for the Ideal Candle Label?

Now that we’re clear about the design softwares and tools you can use to make your candle labels, we move on to the right materials for printing your labels.

1

Kraft paper

Brown kraft paper is stunningly beautiful and perfect for labeling candle containers with a rustic theme. For a long time, kraft paper is a popular choice of material for candle labels because of its nice aesthetics, sturdy build, and texture.

Scented Seasons

Some Inspiration: Scented Seasons

2

White Matte Label

Slow-North-Candle

Some Inspiration: Slow North Candle

If you want the contents of your label to stand out more, white matte label materials are perfect for the occasion. These labels are very sturdy and can stay longer on the container than other materials.

Compatible Avery Labels

: 200 (100 sheets)
: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
: Deskjet & Laser Printers

A word of advice when choosing labels with adhesives: 

    • Make sure you choose heat-resistant candle labels which can withstand up to 815.5 degrees Celsius. This ensures the safety of your users from fires. 
    • The most recommended materials for candle labels are biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and a permanent adhesive material so it won’t easily rip off from the container.

How to Print a Personalized Candle Label

There are two ways you can get your candle labels printed. The first option is you can get them pre-printed through a third-party printing service if you lack the time to do it yourself. If you’re tight on the budget and you prefer doing everything on your own, you can choose to print your own candle labels.

I do prefer the latter as it gives you more freedom to customize your personalized candle label design and print only the exact number of labels you need. And you can even have different scents in one sheet label – printing only whichever you need.

1.

Download a free sheet label template

Download enKo Products’ free label template.

Enko sheet label template

2.

Layout your labels on the software you choose to design it.

Depending on the platform you choose from the above list and the sheet label template you choose, start to layout the labels to fit the margins of the individual labels.

Here are some additional sources you may need:

What Kind of Printer Do You Use to Make Candle Labels at Home?

There are two kinds of printers you can choose from to make candle labels at home: inkjet and laser printers. Both of them do provide superb quality and it really depends on your budget, skills, and convenience on which one to use.

Quality

Most predominantly, inkjet printers are faster and can provide high-resolution images and texts of up to 1600 x 1600 DPI. On the other hand, laser printers are suitable for waterproof and weatherproof conditions as they are more durable and more moisture resistant. 

Ink Cost

Laser printers, having more predominant features do cost more than inkjet printers. Ink cost for inkjet printers can cost $120 a month for printing a bulk of candle labels a month. Laser toners may cost $400 a week ($129 per toner).

What printers do we recommend?

The Canon 2986C002 PIXMA TS6220 for printing candle labels is our top recommendation – and this is not just for candles, but also any type of sticker label with a lot of colors. 

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Check out our review for “The Best Printer for Labels and Stickers” – Reviewed and tested printers for your candle-making business that will absolutely print the best vivid labels

Create Labels for your Candle Products

The great benefit of making your own candle label is you can save a lot on budget, have more margins, and have the ability to customize the number of labels you need.

enKo Products can help you kick off your label quality and resolution at a lower price point! We offer a variety of Avery-compatible sheet labels to fit the needs of businesses. Check out our sheet labels here. For bulk orders, check out our Bulk Label Pricing for Avery Compatible Sheet Labels.

To learn more about DIY candle-making, packaging and labeling your candles, and growing your candle business, join this cool Facebook Group DIY Candle Making Beginner to Advanced. I seriously learned A LOT of helpful tips for selling candles in there.

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