Free Printable DIY Valentines with Avery Labels

So I am pretty darn excited for today’s post. When I was younger, one of my favorite stores was Staples. I would comb the paper & stationery aisles, stock up on sticky labels, and go home to my Microsoft Office ’98 and make labels for everything. The cupboards, clothing drawers, school supplies. Basically anything that you could stick a label on, I did. So needless to say, it kind of felt full circle when Avery emailed me to create a DIY project using some of their labels. I was beyond excited.

Make your own Valentines with these free printables from Design Eat Repeat

Despite all the glory of my younger years hoarding sticky address labels, I can vividly remember my struggles with them. This was back before the templates were online, and I’d have to search through hundreds of templates in Microsoft Word to find the correct template to use with the labels I bought. This was also back in the day of dial-up internet, so you can imagine how (un)advanced the times were back them. And then what was even more frustrating was when I’d have my little labels all typed up in Comic Sans & Jokerman (barf, but I loved them back then), only to realize we were out of printer ink. To this day, few things frustrate me more than having to pay $50 for a tiny little cartridge of printer ink.

Make your own Valentines with these free printables from Design Eat Repeat blog

I was a little curious upon receiving this new batch of labels because of the fact that I was unsure of how Avery handled their template software these days. I was assuming I’d have to go through the hassle of downloading some kind of extra software for my computer to be able to create artwork for the labels. I had sort of braced myself to go through the same lengthy process I went through ten years ago. (The things I sometimes worry about are ridiculous.)

Make your own Valentines with these free printables by Design Eat Repeat

But shortly after jumping on their website, I was pleasantly surprised at how streamlined the process was these days. I literally just typed in the label’s product number in the top of the website, and they brought up a little design suite where I could create the labels right in the software. Because I had a specific font I wanted to use for these labels, I simply created the little circle label in Illustrator, saved it as a .jpeg, and uploaded it to the Avery software. I was able to put six of both label designs on one sheet, rather than been forced to use two separate label sheets for each design. I had them designed, uploaded, and printed in less than 20 minutes. And it was glorious.

Download these free printable Valentine's Day labels at Design Eat Repeat

One of the things I miss most about college projects is the ability to concept & create three-dimensional packaging. I always love the challenge of making a flat piece of paper serve as a useful piece of packaging. For this project, I simply designed a piece of paper, that when folded, creates the base for the “ice cream cone” valentine’s day package. Meaning, the cone & cherry are printed directly on that piece of paper. You can pop a little bag of treats inside the paper, fold it up, and seal it up with a ice cream scoop “You’re Cool or You’re Sweet” sticker.

Make your own DIY Valentines with these free printable "Icecream Valentines" from Design Eat Repeat

I have included the free DIY valentines printable ice cream base template below, as well as the images that you can upload directly to Avery.com to create the pink & turquoise “scoop” stickers.

Make your own Valentines with these free icecream printables from Design Eat Repeat

Materials:
Avery Round Labels (#22807)  //  Paper Icecream Template
Free “You’re Sweet & You’re Cool” Icecream Avery Sticker Template
Plain Computer Paper  //  Exacto Knife // Optional: Small Treat Bags for Candy

INSTRUCTIONS:

A. Download the free printable DIY Valentines paper ice cream template. Fold paper by referring to this short video demonstrating how to fold. Before filling, cut a tiny slit on the bottom of the cherry where you will later tuck in the top of the ice cream scoop sticker label.
B. Place a flat note or candy treat in the center of the paper, and refold.
C. Print “You’re Sweet & You’re Cool” labels through Avery’s online software by:
1. Going to the Avery homepage, and clicking “Design or Print Online” on the left side of the page.
2. On the right side, click “Open Project” and upload this file that I pre-made with the “You’re Sweet” and “You’re Cool” labels. Print on label sheet  & stick each on the folded valentine’s package.

As an alternative to using the pre-cut circle Avery stickers, you can also print this PDF on full-sheet sticker paper, and manually cut each circle out of sheet.

Disclosure: Avery provided me with complimentary product & monetary compensation for this post.  All opinions are that of my own.

Comments

  1. says

    That is actually amazingly beautiful. I’ve always been terrified of using these labels for the same reason you were. Your’s look absolutely beautiful!

  2. Paige in San Fran says

    I love your blog! So many fun ideas. You’re talent is so obvious in each detail! I love these labels…where did you find such pretty confections?

    Thanks for sharing the video!

    • says

      Thanks, Paige! I got the candy at my local grocery store! The hearts are Willy Wonka gobstoppers & the store just so happened to have pink/red candy corn. I was in heaven!

  3. says

    Oh my GOSH Melissa! These are so perfect! My husband’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day, so I like to do little things for him throughout the month to make it feel a little more special. These printablea will be perfect.

    Love that you are fascinated by packaging. I had a bear of a time folding paper for packaging in college. I like desinging flat printed materials so much more. You must have the brain logic for flat to 3D. :)

    • says

      So glad to hear these will come in handy for your month of giving! That’s such a fun idea to make the whole month full of little surprises. I might have to steal that idea sometime. And as for the 3D, I attribute the beginnings of my folding paper skills to a foreign exchange student we had when I was younger! Origami has always been fun for me & I realized it actually helped with those packaging classes in college! Who would have thought? :)

      • says

        Feel free to steal it – definitely! :)

        Huh – I’ve never thought about the origami connection before. I used to love it. How long did your exchange student say with you? Still in contact with them?

        I’m loving your blog since designing and baking are my main passions too. :) Perfect combo in my mind.

        • says

          He only stayed with us for a summer, but the amount of paper folding that went down in those 3 months was ridiculous! Ha. He brought over hundreds of awesome paper, and to this day, I still remember how to do a lot of the folds. We were able to stay in touch for a few years & we still send holiday cards every Christmas, but haven’t heard back for a few years. But it was a fun experience & we learned a lot!

    • says

      Thank you, Zakia! These will also work for summer parties, as well as Valentine’s Day! So you didn’t completely miss out ;)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>