I've shared a couple projects here on my blog in which I've used reproduced vintage labels and applied them to old bottles and jars. To me, this is the best and easiest "up-cycling" project around. Saving some bottles from dumpster doom by simply adding some reproduced paper labels to them, and maybe a little ribbon, to make something decorative for your home for just pennies!
The labels below came from The Graphics Fairy. (These aren't availabe at World Label):
I've been sharing some of my vintage labels with the wonderful folks at World Label, a company that produces the sticky-back labels that you peel and stick to something that needs some pizazz.
If you visit World Label's blog, you will see my designs and can download an entire sheet of them to print out on World Label's inexpensive label sheets. Then all you have to do is peel and stick! To give your label a more water resistant coating, Mod Podge can be applied.
Here we have some old flour sifters which are easy to find at garage sales, spiced up with my vintage flour sack labels.
And an old tin box with a vintage coffee sack label:
More coffee labels applied to various vintage containers:
I think my favorites are the feminine perfume bottle and soap packaging labels:
One of my vintage French soap labels applied to an old jar, with a little ribbon and some roses. How easy is that?
I've tweaked the original vintage labels to include fill-able space so you can write a little something on them if you wish. That way your design can be personalized. Besides applying the labels to bottles and jars, flour sifters and tin boxes, think of the possibilities when it comes to scrapbooking, card-making, and other paper arts and crafts!
I hope you can visit World Label , peruse their blog and perhaps buy some of their labels. Super-talented graphic designer and very popular blogger Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made has designed some great things for them too that you'll definitely want to grab!