How to Make Personalized Mailing Labels

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So you dream of having personalized mailing labels. Having them done at a printer is going to cost you an arm and a leg. Luckily, there's an alternative. You can custom designed these beauties yourself. It is not that difficult to do if you have common software like Microsoft Word or Publisher. You will impress everyone that gets a card or letter from your home with your sense of creativity. You can even add a personalized photo for that extra special touch.


Step 1

Decide on the purpose for your label. Maybe they are going to be Christmas labels or maybe generalized all-purpose labels. Maybe you have a small business and want to use your personal logo. Look at mailing labels that come in the mail for ideas on styles and fonts.

Step 2

Open your software program. Choose a whole sheet of the same label. Choose your size of label. Microsoft Publisher allows you to be a little more creative and is set up for easier use of design. Any basic design software will do and follows the same basic process. You want to choose to start designing. Click that you want to design a label, then specify that it's a mailing label that you are creating.

Step 3

Insert your personal information in a clear font at a size of at least eight. It is nice to make your name a little larger than the rest of the information or at least bold for easier reading. Double check to make sure everything is correct.

Step 4

Add your picture. You'll need to adjust the size of the picture to fit properly with the size and shape of your label. A skewered image will destroy the professionalism and beauty of your label.

Step 5

Proof your picture and decide if you want to add any lines or other graphic design. Run a practice test by printing the labels on a plain sheet of paper. If you are printing a highly detailed label, adjust your printer settings to a higher than normal setting for extra clarity.

Tips and Warnings

Buy decorated labels for a festive look. Don't try to cram too much information on a small label, or it will look cluttered and unprofessional.

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.

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