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Monday, December 11, 2017

DIY mailing labels

Do you buy mailing labels? I'm guessing you don't either. I just make mine out of a 3X5 notecard (or similar-sized piece of paper), glue stick, and clear package tape.

I cover the back of a card with glue stick, attach to package, and address with a Sharpie.

Then I cover the whole thing with clear packing tape. The packing tape holds the card on, waterproofs the label, and seals the package shut.

DIY mailing labels have been working just fine for me -- never a hitch. Just sayin'.


  1. Yes!! I love making my own labels and I also cover them with tape! But I wouldn't have expected anything else! That's how frugal we live!

    Here's my gift giving this year. There is a "free" table at work. I found a collapsible salad spinner so that will be a gift to one of the kids. I also got a coupon for buy one get one 50% off of a farberware ceramic knife with a cover. I also got a $10 gift card to Meijer at a Christmas Party. So many fun little things I will re-gift to my kids. I did buy body lotion for the girls and shaving cream for my son and LL bean socks with a gift card. All will go under my tree this year.


  2. I must be the laziest person ever. I just write the name and address right on the paper when I mail packages. But then, my most hated task at this time of year is wrapping and mailing gifts. Bleah. I'd rather cook a meal any day of the week.

    1. I've totally got you beat in terms of laziness. At this point there's only one non-local person I send gifts to (my brother) so I just order something online and have them both wrap and ship it. It's sooo much easier!

    2. Hmmm, now that's an idea ... I tend to send quirky things which I find in local boutiques, so I might not be able to use that option, but I have to say, I like it!

  3. Hi, Lili--

    You guys have me giggling this morning. IF the box is relatively new and there's space to Sharpie right on the box, like Kris, I will; but we save and reuse mailing boxes so much, I usually need a "label" to cover something up or make it easier to read.

    Around here, we save all scrap paper (rough drafts or mistakes on the computer printer, etc.) and cut them into strips which we use for grocery or to-do lists. Conveniently, this scrap paper is just about the right size, cut in half of the length, for writing mailing addresses and taping onto boxes like you and Alice.

    Man, are we all cheap! (I mean, "frugal"!) Have a great day! Sara

  4. I use scrap paper and blank envelopes for address labels and then attach them to packages like you do, Lili. I also recycle boxes and ask for empty boxes at Walmart when I need one. (I do need to be careful that they didn't contain shampoo or household chemicals when using these. The post office doesn't like the content labels). Why would we pay for boxes? LOL

  5. I do the same thing. It’s easier and I already have it on hand. LOL

  6. Just a few address label tips leftover from my days of online selling.

    1) If you want to save a trip to the post office, you can pay for the postage and print out a label at You can print it on regular paper and then just tape/glue it to the box or envelope.

    2) If you do use any sort of pre-printed label with a bar code on it, you're NOT supposed to put clear tape over the bar code - the machines have trouble reading the code through the tape, so they have to process your package by hand, which will slow it down. Don't think there's an issue with putting tape over a hand written label though, since those have to be hand-processed anyway.

    Happy shipping!

    1. Didn't know about not putting tape over the bar codes. Good info.


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