Free Printable Shakespeare Bottle Labels
10 September 2019
These FREE bottle labels are perfect for Cast Gifts, Stage Door Care Packages, or Shakespeare Themed Party Favors.
Over the weekend, we took the kids to see our talented friends Brinton & Whitney Wilkins (who we have nicknamed “Whinton”) in Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Utah Children’s Theatre. As you may already know, I love creating punny “Stage Door Care Packages” for my theatrical friends! As soon as we bought our tickets, my mind was already brewing up the idea for creating “Shakes-Beer” bottle labels.
Instead of only focusing on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I thought it would be more fun to create a series of punny labels for the fictitious “ShakesBeer Brewing Co.” Each label features a “spiked” Shakespeare title, along with a quote from each play, and the year the play was published.
No bottle label would be complete without a Nutrional Facts panel and barcode. This section focuses on what I like to call, “Shakespeare by the Numbers.” For example, did you know that William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays (17 comedies, 10 Histories, 10 Tragedies) and killed off 74 key characters in some pretty creative ways. Each label calls out two different methods The Bard used to snuff out his actors, along with their death tolls.
As I was doing my research, I was fascinated to learn that Shakespeare is credited for inventing anywhere from 422-1700 new words in the English language. Each label also highlights several different words that he crafted!
As I was “re-labeling” the variety 6-packs for Whinton, my wife said, “You’re going to be adding the ShakesBeer logo on the bottle caps, too. Right?!?” In my excitement of creating the labels, I had completely missed this detail! This is one of the many reasons my wife and I make such a great team. She thinks about all the tiny details of a project the same way I do! So, you have Elizabeth to thank for the addition of the ShakesBeer bottle caps in the downloadable PDF!
You don’t need a ton of adhesive when you are “re-labeling” your ShakesBeer Brewing Co. bottles! All it takes is a strip of double-sided adhesive on the backside of both ends (as shown).
Wanna know my trick for perfectly straight adhered bottle labels? It all has to do with the bottle’s side seams! Simply align the right end of your new bottle label with one of the side seams and adhere it in place.
Once your bottle label has been adhered along the side seam, wrap the label around the bottle and adhere the left end on top of the right.
NOTE: If the existing bottle label is taller than 3 1/2 inches, you will want to remove the label from the bottle before you adhere your ShakesBeer bottle label. Existing bottle labels that are shorter than 3 1/2 inches (like the one in this photo) will be completely covered by your new ShakesBeer bottle label.
Ready to give your favorite drinks a quick change?
Here’s what you’ll need:
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- Shakespeare Bottle Labels PDF
- Glass Soda Pop or Beer Bottles:
World Market and Rocket Fizz are great stores for finding a variety of non-alcoholic drinks in glass bottles.
If you live in Utah, Dan’s Market, The Store, and Harmons Market carry a large selection of Utah’s Own non-alcoholic bottled sodas.
- Bottle Carrier
- White Cardstock:
My favorite papers to use are Epson Premium Presentation Paper, Matte and Canon Photo Paper Plus, Matte
- Double-sided Tape:
I recommend using Therm O Web’s SuperTape
- 1 inch Circle Punch
- Scissors or Paper Trimmer
This FREE printable PDF includes 8 ShakesBeer bottle labels & bottle caps, and 1 ShakesBeer box label.
To drink or not to drink???
Whether you are giving a variety 6-pack to your director or friend, or wrapping individual bottles to hand out as a cast gift, I would love to see how they turn out. Please tag me (@curtrjensen) on Instagram or comment below with a link to your blog post.
BREAK A LEG . . . not a bottle!