Printable Marmalade Canning Labels

by Wendy Copley on March 23, 2010

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A few people have asked about the labels I used on my Lemon Ginger Marmalade, so I thought I’d share the graphic files I made for people to download and print. I’ve created orange, yellow and green labels to cover the full marmalade spectrum.

If you end up using these labels, I’d love to see what you do with them! Shoot me an email or leave me a comment below so I can send people over to your blog to see the labels in action!

Orange Marmalade Labels Lemon Marmalade Labels Lime Marmalade Labels


Orange Labels — Download JPG Download PDF
Lemon Labels — Download JPG Download PDF
Lime Labels — Download JPG Download PDF

To use these labels, you’ll need:

  • Self-adhesive paper or regular paper
  • Tape or a glue stick (if you use regular paper)
  • 2 inch diameter circle punch
  • Pen or a software application to write the name of your delicious citrusy stuff
  • Cans of preserves to stick the labels on

Here’s what you need to do:

Print the labels onto label paper. You can also use regular paper and glue the labels down, but the self-adhesive paper saves a little time. If you want a really nice, sharp image you can also print the labels onto photo paper (which is what I do).

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Your paper punch probably won’t be able to reach the image straight from the printer, so you should cut the paper to get access to the images. With my punch, I need a maximum of 1/8 inch between the edge of the paper and the design.

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Turn your paper punch so that the hole is facing up. This will allow you to see the image through the punch hole and you’ll know exactly where to punch. The punch I use is the X-Large Fiskars Circle Punch which I like because it’s squeeze handle is easy to use and it gives you a little more fine-grained control.

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Slide the paper into the punch and center the citrus slice inside the circle.

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The images are slightly larger than 2 inches to give you a bit of a buffer, so after you punch there will be a little bit of the image left behind.

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Write the name of your preserves on the labels. I’ve never actually made key lime marmalade, but doesn’t that sound good? Maybe some nice person reading this post will send me a recipe so I can make some. (hint! hint!)

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Peel off the adhesive backing.

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Fetch one of your jars of preserves. These labels will fit perfectly on a normal sized lid, but they work OK on wide-mouthed lids as well. My jar is empty because I didn’t have any filled jars and I needed something to use as an example. You will want to put these on jars that have already been processed, of course. I don’t think they’ll hold up through a hot water bath!

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Center your label on the jar and stick it down.

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Voila! You have cute and clearly labeled marmalade now!

Marmalade Labels

Want to make it fancier? Add the name of your preserves before you print the sheet. Open the file in your favorite graphics program. I’m used Photoshop Elements. Type the text you want to appear, centering it over one of the labels. I like the look of a more modern, sans serif type face with these labels. I’m using Avenir here but other nice choices might be: Arial, Helvetica or Trebuchet.


Add the text to all of the graphics, print, cut out, and apply to your preserves. Ooooooh, fancy!


Please feel free to download these labels for your personal projects. Everything on Wendolonia is made available under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial license.

Edited to add this: Coincidentally, my friend Shae posted about her technique for making canning labels at almost exactly the same time that I put this post up! If you aren’t so into the computer thing, I recommend you check out her crafty technique using ink and rubber stamps.

Check out some creative uses of these labels:

  • Lina at Fancy Frugal Life used these labels for a lemonade stand — probably the cutest lemonade stand I’ve ever seen!

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