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How to waterproof your labels [2 simple DIY methods]

Labels are a super important way to organize stuff. But let’s face it, regular paper labels can get soggy and smudged when they come into contact with moisture or water.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through two easy DIY methods to make your labels waterproof.

We’re going to share easy-to-follow steps, and practical tips to help you get the job done in no time. Let’s make your labels waterproof!

How can I waterproof my labels at home?

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Grab your labels, and choose your waterproofing method: a waterproofing spray or a clear film.

For the spray method, you’ll need a waterproofing spray. For the film method, grab some clear adhesive film.

Step 2: Prep your workspace

Find a well-ventilated area. Lay down some old newspapers or a drop cloth to catch any stray spray and protect your work surface.

Step 3: Prep your labels

Lay your paper labels flat on the surface. If they’re curled or wrinkly, flatten them under a heavy book.

Step 4: Spray it up or film it

If you’re going the spray route, hold that waterproofing spray about 6-8 inches away from the labels. Give them a nice, even spray.

Remember to use short bursts instead of a continuous stream. Make sure to cover the entire label surface.

If you prefer the clear film method, cut a piece of clear adhesive film slightly larger than your label. Carefully peel off the backing and apply it smoothly over the label.

Avoid any air bubbles or wrinkles. Smooth it out with your fingers or a small roller.

Step 6: Let your labels dry

Let those labels dry completely. Drying times may vary depending on the waterproofing spray or adhesive film you’re using. Check the instructions for the recommended drying time.

Once your labels have dried, you can proudly stick them on anything, from jars to notebooks to outdoor gear.

Rain or shine, they’ll stay strong and look awesome!

What is the cheapest way to make waterproof labels?

The cheapest and easiest way to make your labels waterproof is by using a clear adhesive film.

Clear adhesive films, such as self-adhesive laminating sheets or transparent contact paper, are affordable and readily available at stationery or craft stores.

These films create a protective waterproof layer over your paper labels.

Grab some clear adhesive film and get ready to make your labels resilient on a budget!

Why can’t I just print my labels on waterproof materials?

Printing your labels on water-resistant materials like vinyl enhances their durability. The material may be water-resistant, but the ink used in printing may not be. Continuous exposure to moisture can cause the ink to bleed.

To ensure maximum waterproofing, combine the use of water-resistant materials with other methods mentioned in the guide.


Waterproofing your paper labels is essential for creating durable and long-lasting labels. Whether you choose a waterproofing spray, clear adhesive film, or water-resistant materials like vinyl, the goal is to protect your labels from moisture and water.

Remember to combine different methods for optimal results.

Go ahead, get creative, and enjoy the benefits of having labels that can withstand the test of time and water.

Happy labeling!

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