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Custom printable labels using my Hokey Pokey font and Microsoft Word

September 3, 2016
How to create custom printable labels | Zuer Designs

If you’ve been following my Instagram and Facebook page for a while, you will have known that I shared some custom hand lettered pantry labels for The Creativity Exchange back in March. It was a huge hit and ever since, I’ve been getting lots of emails asking for more labels for items that weren’t on the original list. We’ve also created a few editable label sheets in case you don’t already own my Hokey Pokey font. However, this version of the font is a variant of the original.

Free printable pantry labels hand lettered by Zuer Designs. The Creativity Exchange

from The Creativity Exchange

There were even more emails from people asking for printable labels for other areas around their house as well. It was because of these lovely emails that I created Hokey Pokey, a hand lettered font, based off of my lettering style from the original pantry labels. (Which you can find on my Etsy store here).

Hokey Pokey Font by Zuer Designs

 

The biggest question I get asked however, is how to best create your own custom labels using the Hokey Pokey font, so today, I’ll be sharing a quick tutorial on how to use Microsoft Word to get the best out of my font and make your own printable labels. For this tutorial, you’ll need to have purchased my Hokey Pokey font.

1. Insert a 2 x 6 table

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And drag it out to fit the width and height of the page. It doesn’t need to be precise for now.

 

2. Set the font and allow for kerning (important!)

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  • Click on the cross bar on the top left of the table.
  • Click CTRL + D, then click ‘Advanced’, and check ‘Kerning for fonts’. You can type in any number next to that. I usually just type in 12 then hit OK. (KERNING IS IMPORTANT AS IT ALLOWS THE LETTERS TO LINK TOGETHER PROPERLY)
  • With the table still highlighted, change your font to Hokey Pokey and set the font size to 28. This is approximately the same size as the original hand lettered labels

 

3. Start typing in your label names

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  • If you have more than one word in you labels, write them in separate table cells.
  • Utilise the different letter variations. The letters a, n, m, l, h, and u have different upper case variations.

 

4. Center the words and fit the table

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Centered but table not fit

 

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Centered and fit

  • Highlight all the words, then click on the LAYOUT tab at the top then click to centre align the words.
  • Right click the left cross bar on the table then click autofit > autofit to contents.

 

That’s all you need to do to create your own custom labels with my Hokey Pokey font. For instructions on how to print the labels onto clear sticker paper, refer to the original post over at The Creativity Exchange.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Stay creative!

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Brandy September 23, 2016 at 4:25 am

    The add said “free printables” yet I just read that I have to purchase the font? I’m a little confused and feel a bit deceived.

  • Reply Cathy Brown November 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Such beautiful work! Thanks for sharing with us. I am planning to make some as a Christmas gift this year. I was wondering how you printed the gold lettering shown in the pantry labels you did for the ‘icing sugar’ . Just love the gold and the font!

    • Reply Jo November 30, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Thank you Cathy! All of this was just plain black. I think the reflection of the light made the words ‘icing sugar’ look gold.

      If you want gold though, you can look into toner foil or stamping foil. Basically you print out words in toner ink and stick on a foil colour of your choice then put it through a laminating machine so the gold foil only sticks to your words. I haven’t personally used it, but there are loads of tutorials online!

  • Reply Jane Yearwood December 1, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Beautiful! How can I purchase your font? Did not see anywhere to do that.

    Thanks

    • Reply Jo January 4, 2017 at 2:26 am

      Hi Jane!
      The font can be purchased at zuerdesigns.etsy.com

  • Reply Joelle Alexander January 27, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I purchased the font, how can I use capital, I used the shift key but it did not work?

    • Reply Jo February 12, 2017 at 1:28 am

      Hi Joelle. The font is lowercase only, as stated in my listing details.

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