Create Your Own Lip Balm Labels Using PicMonkey

Create Your Own Lip Balm Labels using PicMonkey


I sometimes get questions on how to create your own lip balm labels, so I’m hoping this post will help address some of those and become a reference I can refer to as needed.

** Edit for 2015: PicMonkey & OpenOffice have had updates since I first made this tutorial and I’ll be revising this post in the future to reflect the changes.

Also, be sure to check out my post on Creating Your Own Custom Lip Balms!

Create Your Own Lip Balm Formula

 

Please note that if you click on any of the screenshots shown below, you will be taken to a larger image which should help you see the details more clearly. Let me know if you run into any problems reading these!

I normally use the Creative Memories Digital Scrapbook Program to make my labels, but want to show you today, that you can also use a free online photo editor like PicMonkey to do the job. Here’s a quick run-down on how:

Go to PicMonkey.com and click “Create A Collage” You should now be presented with a white square. You may see grid lines on it, where you can insert pictures. We’re not going to do this, so just ignore those. We’re only doing this step in order to make a nice blank square, perfect for the base of the label we want to make.

Click “Save” (found above the blank collage.) I like to save it as the medium or largest file size. Name it something like “Blank Label” and save it in an easy to find place. Hit “Save Photo” and we’re all done with the collage option. Click the “X” on the very right of the screen to get back to PicMonkey’s home page.

Lip Balm Label Tutorial Saving Blank Collage

 

Now, click “Edit A Photo” and open up the “Blank Label” file you just saved. Scroll down to bottom of the options on the left and you’ll find “Themes.” Currently winter is up, plus Halloween is still available. These are sure to change as the seasons do, so you’ll have to adapt and work with whatever is available to you. Right now, all of the options are free to use, even though it may say it’s a “Royale Feature.” Just click that you’re doing the free trial period and continue on, if needed. (They don’t make you sign up or anything as of the date this post was written.)

 

I’m going to use the theme “Winter” and scroll down the menu until I get to the sub-category “Victoriana.” I find a promising looking frame to start with but when I click it, this happens:

Lip Balm Label Tutorial White Overlay

 

They’re set up to be pure white, which isn’t going to work for me, so I have to change the color so I can see it!  Go over to the box that pops up and click “Color 1″ and change it to a color that you like. (You can change it again later, if you wish.) Now, it will look like this:

 

Lip Balm Label Tutorial Turning White to Blue Overlay

 

It’s far too small though, so let’s fix that. Click on a corner and stretch it out until it fills up as much screen as you want. Now it’s looking better, but we want to add the name of our lip balm. So, look back at the very left of your screen and find the symbol that looks like a “P.” When you hover over it a second, it will say “Text.” Click the “P” and then you’ll be presented with a box saying “Add Text” then a very long line of font choices.

 

Click “Add Text” and a box will appear in the middle of your screen, telling you to type your text there. I typed in “Peppermint Ice Lip Balm” and it looks like this:

Lip Balm Label Tutorial Adding Text

 

However, the words aren’t centered and I don’t want that font. So, using my mouse, I’ll highlight the words and hit the little center symbol on the text editor box (right below the color selection section.) While I’m there, I’ll make the words blue to match my frame. To do this, click on the little color box right above the 0% and an eye dropper will appear. Move it over your blue frame and it will turn the same color. Click it and now your letters match!

With your words still highlighted, go over to the left and pick which font you want. I’m going to scroll all the way down and pick “Emily’s Candy” because I like how they dot their i’s with hearts. (Yes, I’m such a girl.)  :)

Lip Balm Label Finished and Ready to Save

 

Okay, I’m pretty happy with this label. I made it simple for the purpose of this tutorial. You could definitely spend more time and make it fancier. Normally, I spend hours in my scrapbooking program obsessing over tiny details, but managed to move past that so I could get this post to you before I turn 80!

Now, head over to Rustic Escentual’s site and check out their blank labels. You can use regular sticker paper from an office supply store instead but it will be more likely to bleed, fade or peel off of your lip balm tubes. If you want a heavy-duty label that will really stick then you want the vinyl ones they sell. (And no, they’re not paying me to say that – they don’t even know I exist outside of a customer number!) (But, that’s okay, I still love them.)

Anyway, you want the 1.8″ by 1.8″ squares one. Click on “download word template file” and open it up. If this file isn’t compatible with your computer, then at this point, you’ll have to set up your own table which is beyond the scope of this tutorial! (*Depending on your printer and computer settings, the 1.8″ square ones may not line up properly for you when printed. In that case, you may want to try the solid blank sheets and just cut them individually by hand.)

Lip Balm Label Tutorial Word Template for Labels

 

When you opened that file, you should have a page with a table on it that looks like this:

Lip Balm Label Tutorial Word Document

 

Click on the first box in the table so that the cursor is blinking there, then go to the top row of menus and click Insert then Picture then From File. Now, I go find my Peppermint Ice Lip Balm Label file that I made in PicMonkey and hit Insert. But WHOA, it’s way too big for that little spot.

Lip Balm Label Tutorial shrinking image to fit

 

Just right click over the image, hit Format Object, click the middle tab in the box that pops up and says Size. Mine says the height & width are 7.25 inches.  I’m changing it to 1.65 inches by 1.65 inches. It looks pretty good, so I’m going to print a few and see how they turn out!

On my printer, I choose matte photo paper as the paper type and highest quality printing. Since these labels are pretty pricey, whenever I’m creating a new one, I only print one row’s worth first, to make sure that everything prints okay. After examining my test page, I’ve determined that these labels meet my approval. It’s hard to get them precisely lined up, or maybe it’s just my old printer, so don’t obsess too much about the alignment.

 

Lip Balm Label Tutorial Row of Labels to Print

 

Now, peel the labels off of the sticker sheet, press them on your lip balm tubes and they’re all ready to use (or give!)

Peppermint Ice Lip Balm Label

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72 Responses to Create Your Own Lip Balm Labels Using PicMonkey

  1. Farmer Doug says:

    Thanks, Jan. We have been experimenting with making our own labels for the products we make and sell @ Ladybug’s Mew through a joint venture called “Yellow Point Country Home”, as one of the three ladies directly involved has been doing so herself for the past 20 years with much success. Professional-looking labels add legitimacy to her wares, there can be no doubt. Your detailed instructions for using PicMonkey will be extremely useful in helping our products gain a similarly-increased legitimacy. You have clearly put a great deal of time and effort into helping your readers in this regard. Best wishes, Doug.

  2. Kristin Freeman says:

    Thanks, Jan, for the great instructions/tutorial with photos that help a person with my learning processes…always visual and then I do the work slowly and it will stick! into this hard head. I am not ready for labels today, but saved your instructions in a folder for future use.
    I always appreciate your recipes, photos and your stories. Thanks for a great blog.
    Kristin

  3. Jane says:

    This is a great tutorial! I think you were the one who introduced me to Pic Monkey so thank you! :)

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  6. K says:

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I was getting frustrated by shopping around for custom labels, only to find how expensive they are. I still need to get an inkjet printer to make these really work, so adding that to my Christmas list. :-)

    Thanks again!

    • Jan says:

      You’re welcome! Glad you found the information useful! :)

      • K says:

        Jan, if you are happy with yours, what kind of printer do you have? Starting to look around.

        • Jan says:

          Hi K, I have a Canon Pixma MP620B. I absolutely love the print quality. The ink is rather pricey for as much as I have to refill it though, so it’s something to remember as far as long term expense – for any printer that you buy. I love most things Canon so tend to go with those when I have a choice. When hubby goes shopping for a printer though, he always brings home an HP and they print very nicely too, they just seem… clunkier (for lack of better word.) :)

  7. Loretta T says:

    thank you for the information. I make my own labels as well and often times get discouraged on how limited editing ideas are or how expensive pre-printed lables are as well. I am always open to new ideas and this just gave me more options to chose from. Again, Thanks

  8. Maria says:

    What a wonderful tutorial. I can’t wait to try it and hope it works for me. I have been making lip balms for 10 years now! And only recently started selling. Labeling them has been THE most frustrating experience! Thank you so much for sharing this. I never thought of pic monkey for lip balm labels.

  9. Juanita says:

    Thinking of making lip balm and even have base and the tubes. Great advice on the labels. What I need to know is do you need a license to sell these items? I have been making bath salts and other aromatherepy items but only for self and family. Would like to market them.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Juanita, I’m not sure as far as licensing, but you would want to keep good records for your accountant since the income is taxable. I would check with your accountant and/or the county you live in as far as licensing info. You might also want to talk to your insurance agent about liability insurance. Here’s a helpful article I found a while back that addresses FDA laws and labeling: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/lip-products/labeling-your-products-lip-balm/
      I actually am going to add that to the post, so am glad you reminded me of it! :)

      I hope you have the best of luck selling your products!! :)

  10. Great tutorial! And thanks for the link-up. =)

  11. Leah says:

    Thank you for the great Idea & Tips! Very helpful!

  12. Leah says:

    Hello again! Do you know eny place where I can sell my Handmade Soaps & products online. Like Stores that sell all natural stuff, etc. And do you know a good free website builder I can use for business?
    Sorry for all the questions jeje!
    Thanks again!! :)

    • Jan says:

      Hi Leah! For selling you could try etsy.com (though they have strict requirements on how you label herbal products) and poppyswap.com. You pay them a percentage of your sales for hosting your products plus usually a listing fee per item sold. Paypal will take a chunk of your sales too, for allowing you to use their checkout system. (Just letting you know that there’s hidden fees so be sure to calculate them into your prices.)

      For building a website – I barely squeaked through mine using information I found at bloggingwithamy.com. She has a whole tutorial on setting things up. Whenever I got stuck on coding, I used google to see what other people did to solve the same problem.

      I’m not sure of a good free option – I have to pay monthly web hosting plus the fee for the domain name yearly and that’s just for a personal blog using wordpress. Not familiar with an actual business set up.

      Good luck! :)

  13. spring says:

    hi jan!! thanku so much for the step by step!!! u are a miracle angel sent from heaven!!! once a design is saved in picmonkey, cannot edit the text…do u know how???
    thanks!!!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Spring! You could try making the label again with everything on it except for the text. Then save it as a template or blank lip balm label. Pull that template up as needed by editing it as a picture. You can then add text and save the changed version under a new name, while still keeping your text-free template for the next time you need it.

  14. spring says:

    hi jan, me again…
    1-can u help design a step by step for a really cool label for the metal slidder top lip balm tins? or give advice :)
    2-also round labels 1.5×1.5 for a metal salve tin.
    3-anyother programs that are free to use that u recommend?
    4-when i want to do round labels, i cant thru picmonkey/rustic escentuals bc my program wont bring up a round circle to design so i had to go thru avery for the labels…
    thanks! ur a doll!!!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Spring! :) I’m in the process of working on label tutorials for round tins/jars and will try to fix one up for slider tins too. The program I use (Creative Memories Digital Scrapbooking Program) isn’t free, so I have to go in through the free ones online and try to figure out how to make a label via one of those first before I can share. I hope to get the round one up by next week, if it works out! Another free program that I like is at http://www.ribbet.com – It has premium options as well, but even they are free. You just have to sign in to use them.

      • spring says:

        jan—thanku so much!!!! u are reallt an angel. if u live on a farm like me way out in the country, things are not too convienent, so…u just made my life so much more possible!!! avery–im tryin to use them, very slow, very troublesome. picmonkey is awesome but need adobe flash on mobile and no tablets have adobe reader or flash so back to home base laptop, which is ok but sometimes i like to get off the funny farm and go to the town coffee shop w the tablet but it wont work! haaa ive done some design thru print master but again the trouble for me is downloading the correct templet. i would so appreciate all ur help. ty for that link, ill check it out!!! spring—

        • spring says:

          oops think i replied and it didnt go thru–anyways if it does then i wont rewrite…my pc is slow way out on the farm.

          • Jan says:

            It came through! :) I can sooo relate to the poky internet; we have the same. I plan to put the round label tutorial up this evening some time!

            • spring says:

              wonderful!!! YAY!!!
              cant wait till u put that up for round labels.
              also what about the metal tin slider labels?
              will u do one for that too? the problem is when i download lets say the round labels from rustic escentuals, it dont appear on word anywhere. the square labels for the lip balm tubes only appeared bc i need to go into design & then format & bring up a grid.
              can u tell me why or how to get those round labels from rustic download into microsoft word? weird but it wont work, thats been the dilema other than intermittent internet w aggrivating momentarily disruption in designs! haaa
              thankuuu,
              spring

              • Jan says:

                I do plan on making a label tutorial for the metal tin sliders, but have actually never made one before so first I have to buy some slider tins then experiment until I come up with the right size. Will probably be several weeks before I get one up! :)

                As far as downloading from Rustic Escentuals – I’m not too good on the technical side of things.. I wonder if it’s your version of Word?? Maybe if you email them, they have a different format or idea of how to fix it? You can also use the Round Label Tutorial I just put up (I see you already found it, but will link it here in case anyone else has the same question)
                https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/how-to-create-your-own-round-labels/

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  16. spring says:

    oh…
    1- for round labels im looking for a label to fit 1.5 round circle for a metal salve tin that holds 1 oz 2 Tablespoons
    2- for metal slider im looking for a label to fit .5 oz or 1 Tablespoon size tin
    thanks again!

  17. Mel says:

    Your article rocked! Thank you for your help with the labels!

  18. canuck says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! I am just wondering where to buy these stickers…can you get them at an Office Depot/Stapes/Walmart/Michaels’ type store? THANKS!

    • Jan says:

      Hi canuck, I get mine at Staples, Office Depot, or order from Amazon.com. I didn’t have any luck finding a pack at Michaels. I hope that helps! :)

  19. Brittany says:

    This is a good way to do it I guess. I have never heard of picmonkey, but looks like it could be useful for somethings. However, for something as simple as making labels this seems to be way more tedious than it’s worth. Avery is much better, in my opinion…..

    • Jan says:

      Thanks for the feedback Brittany! I haven’t looked at all of the options Avery offers – it would be great if they had a template with matching waterproof labels to fit lip balm tubes. Will definitely check them out!

  20. Emily H. says:

    This is the second time I have stumbled upon this blog and it’s great! You definitely have a lot of pointers for someone like me trying to break into the natural lip care. I have an Etsy shop and with your help, these tutorials are gonna make my stuff look great! Thanks!
    Emily

  21. India says:

    I know I’m so late. but thank you so much for this tutorial. I’m just starting out and after spending big bucks on labels…I think I’ve found a better way! thanks to you!!!

  22. Gen says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial ! I just made my label following your directions. You can see the result here : marthaetmoi.blogspot.ca. My blog is in French, but I did gave you all the credit and add a link to your website. ;)

  23. Syuzi says:

    Hi Jan, thank you so much for the step by step tutorial.
    I just wanted to share with you that I found an online company that carries the same type of labels for cheap. It”s called online labels.com. I think its the same grade as well as the same size. Don”t know for sure because I am just starting out, however when you have the chance please check them out. Your response will greatly be appreciated.
    Product OL5175WX – Standard White Matte – 1.8″ x 1.8″ Square Labels.

    Syuzi

    • Jan says:

      Hi Syuzi! I took a peek and it looks like a good company. I would highly recommend selecting the weatherproof version if you buy there – it makes a huge difference in how well your labels hold up. In the past, I found that regular ones tend to get oils stains, faded ink, or curled corners. If making lip balm on a small scale for family and friends, being able to buy by the sheet looks like it might be cheaper at Rustic Escentuals, but if buying in bulk then the Online Labels place might calculate out to be better. (This is based on a little quick mental math, before my brain has had breakfast, so you’ll definitely want to work the numbers out to be sure.) :)

  24. Brittany says:

    I have made every single one of my labels with Word ✌

  25. Jennifer says:

    If you are using the template from picmonkey will will the ingredients and the address fit? Or will these labels work with the bramble bee download? I need simple! Thanks I am follower now !

  26. Lauri says:

    Thank you so much for posting this information. I just recently started making my own beauty products and plan to give some as Christmas gifts. I had been going crazy searching for an easy way to design labels. I found your link just in time.

  27. Jill says:

    I’ve been making lip balms and labels for some time now and have yet to find a tamper seal solution. Do you have a low cost solution to this?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jill! When I ordered a ton of lip balm tubes from Rustic Escentuals a while back, I ordered shrink wraps for them too. They work great – just zap them with a heat gun for a few seconds and your lip balm is sealed. I got a hand-me-down heat gun from my sister, but I think she got it at Michaels craft store. http://rusticescentuals.com/Boxes-Trays-Shrink-Bands I have also seen (on the Soap Queen blog I think) where she wrapped melt & pour soap in saran wrap and then blasted it with a heat gun to make it shrink, in a similar way. I’ve yet to try it on a lip balm tube, but that’s something you could experiment with. (And now I’m adding it to my want-to-try list too!)

  28. Breanna says:

    I found this tutorial through Pinterest and thought it was incredibly helpful! However just to let you know they now do require you to sign up for the Royal member program. It’s a free 30 day trial period but after that it’s $4.99/month but you can cancel anytime. But really once you save your design it’s hard to complain. Thanks so much for this tutorial!

    • Jan says:

      Thanks for letting me know about their new requirement Breanna! I need to go through and update this post since they’ve made some changes – it’s on my to-do list this winter! :)

  29. Lisa says:

    Hi. I followed your tutorial to a T. Same dimensions. Ordered the same labels you suggested but my labels don’t match up well. There are 20 labels on the sheet and I can’t use 8 of them and probably shouldnt have used quite a few more since it printed a bit on the sides of the other labels. Any ideas?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear that! What type of printer do you have? I wonder if it has to do with printer/computer settings? My old computer that I used for making labels died, so I’m using a laptop & new printer now that I haven’t tried making new lip balm labels with yet (still using up an old stash.) I’ll do a little investigating and see if I can pinpoint a cause. It may be best to buy the solid sheets of labels and then just handcut each one.

  30. MommieDawn says:

    THANK YOU!!!! I’m starting a body shop on my site and was TRYING to find a good way to do my labels for my lip balms!! This was incredibly easy and I’m over here all, “Duh! Why didn’t I think of this!” So thanks!!!!

  31. Leanne Smith says:

    Love your tutorial!! Made up some REALLY cute labels!! We’re having a hard time finding AFORDABLE 1.8 x 1.8 labels though :| :\ :( and we will have black tubes…how would we get the whole label black? I made the original design on picmonkey black and then started in on our label design but when i put them into the template there is still white around the edges from where the label is the size that fits in the box and if i try to make it all fit some of it cuts off. :\ hmmmmmmm!!

    also we have an inkjet printer…i want our labels to look like……burts bees….. not like they were just pritned on paper (what it looked like when we bought some avery labels from office max) your labels dont look like that but is it just bc the picture? or is yours glossy? maybe its because we’re using black background and a label filled in with a goldish-orange (think honey) and maybe its so much color? Thanks for whatever help you can provide! :)

    • Hi Leanne! Have you tried out clear labels? Here’s an example: http://www.onlinelabels.com/CustomerCreations/handmade-lip-balm-labels-by-wink-soap.htm?src=cc-10 though you might have to google around to price compare.
      If you design your label on a transparent background on picmonkey that should help eliminate any unwanted white borders. Create the collage and have a white square showing. On the left is the menu where you can click the little images for:
      Photos (Images), Layout, Swatches and Background. If you click on the last one (looks like a painter’s pallet), then there’s a little box you can click to make that white box transparent instead.
      And yes, my labels from Rustic Escentuals were vinyl and waterproof, so they had a bit of gloss to them. I found that regular office supply store ones will smear and fade, with as much handling and purse toting that lip balm gets.
      I hope that helps, but let me know if you have more questions! :)

  32. Adora Pearson says:

    Hi -I’m not sure if you’re still using this site, but if so, can you recommend a high quality label type (i.e. paper)? -thanks so much!! I’d like my labels to be of commercial quality.