Tips for Bake Sale Labels


Labels are important to help purchasers with allergies and dietary restrictions make safe and wise choices.

Label should be typewritten if at all possible.

Labels must have at the minimum the following information:

  • Name of the item
  • Ingredients
  • Directions for use (if necessary, e.g., mixes)
  • It is a good idea to include the name or initials of the seller as well in case additional information is needed.

Labels should be secured to the item with tape, ribbon, twist-tie, etc.

There are a wide variety of labels that can be used: adhesive labels in many sizes and shapes, paper tags taped on with clear adhesive shipping tape, cardstock hang-tags with punched holes that can be tied on with ribbon, etc.

Typing a label in a document on the computer, copying/pasting and printing and then cutting out with a scissors is a simple way to make a label.

You can also create simple labels using tools in most word processing programs on your computer. Step-by-step directions can be found online by searching for “directions to create labels using Word” (or whatever program you have).

Labels can be embellished with clip art, small stickers, or stamping to make them more attractive. They can also be framed with colored cardstock.

There are also free label templates available online which are easy to use. Try www.avery.com/templates and search for #227807 for a 2 inch circle., template #5163 for 2 x 4 inch rectangle, #8160 or #5160 for 1 x 2 5/8 inc rectangle or whatever size/shape you want. You can then personalize the template and print on your computer using ready-made adhesive sheet labels or sheets of paper/cardstock which can be cut to size after printing.