This article is for hobbyist beekeepers. If you are selling your honey you need a professionally produced label. However, if you are giving your honey away to family and friends, a home made label is entirely appropriate.
The labels I use on my honey are based on Avery 3” x 4” Removable Multi-Use Labels (Template Number 5453). With this product I can get 2 bee labels per Avery label which is four bee labels per sheet. Here is an example of one of my bee labels:
Once I trim this label to fit it works perfectly on the flat surface of a twelve ounce honey bear (which I purchase from Dadant).
The problem is in the phrase “trim to fit.” I have little to no ability to make the label rectangular with nice right angles once I start cutting with scissors. And the label, as it comes from Avery, is too big to fit on a honey bear.
My solution is to borrow a pair of Maria’s pinking shears. They are fancy scissors that cut zigzag edge where you make a cut. Besides looking especially classy, that zigzag edge disguises the fact that the corners are right angles.
Also, these edges give a pleasing “home made” look to the labels that I think is appropriate for gifted honey.
I print these labels on an HP ink-jet printer. If you have a laser printer the color will be much more vivid. Kinko’s can be used for laser printing.
Written September 12, 2013
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