DIY Vintage Style Labels for Oil & Vinegar Bottles and Wooden Boxes | July 16, 2009

Oil-Vinegar_Box-Free Vintage style Labels

A week ago I splurged on this stunning book - The Handy Book of Artistic Printing. After flipping through the pages I was left feeling incredibly inspired! The book shows examples of a highly decorative style of letterpress from the late 1800's-  Rich, ornamental typography and graphics utilising gorgeous colour schemes and referencing motifs from different eras and cultures. To put my inspiration to good use and also feed my current penchant for vintage style labels  (see my articles on DIY Herb Bottles and DIY Apothecary bottles. Yes, it's an obsession),  I decided to try my hand at this style by creating Oil and Vinegar and wooden box labels for you to download and use. Read on for more pics and to download your freebies!

DIY Oil & Vinegar Bottle & Wooden Box Vintage Labels

I've created labels for Extra Virgin Olive Oil and for White Vinegar in two sizes depending on your bottle size. I've also created labels to decorate little wooden boxes handy for office supplies or various crafting knick knacks.

DIY Oil & Vinegar Bottle & Wooden Box Vintage Labels


  • Recycled A4 Paper
  • Colour Inkjet or Laser Printer
  • Scalpel or Guillotine
  • Double sided tape
  • Empty bottles - Tall or Short
  • Wooden Boxes - Small or Medium
  • Label Designs (download below)

DIY Oil & Vinegar Bottle & Wooden Box Vintage Labels



DIY Oil & Vinegar Bottle & Wooden Box Vintage Labels


Print out the designs onto recycled paper using your Colour Printer. Cut them out using scalpel or guillotine and stick with double-sided tape onto the bottles and boxes.

DIY Oil & Vinegar Bottle & Wooden Box Vintage Labels

You can even tear the edges for a more authentic vintage effect and if you want to go all out- try the coffee stain method detailed in my article on DIY Authentic VIntage Paper Labels.

The Handy Book of Artistic Printing

I highly recommend buying The Handy Book of Artistic Printing- it contains the most inspiring and beautiful collection of ornamental vintage graphics. A great addition to your design inspiration library! If you wish to buy click on the link below to Amazon.

posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Home Décor, Vintage Style


  1. Lovely! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I am adoring yours!
  2. Thanks Rachel! Just found your site today. It's really inspirational :)
  3. You are GENIUS. We love the fact you were so inspired... this is a great adaptation.

    FYI: Doug and i will be doing a webcast about Artistic Printing with PRINT magazine next Thursday:
  4. Hi! Came across your blog from iDiy and I'm loving it! These glass jars & labels are so fun!
  5. lindsay | Jul 17, 2009
    i am loving your ideas! beautiful designs. =)
  6. Thanks guys - I appreciate all the kind comments :) and thanks for stopping by Angela- your book is truly amazing and inspirational. I can't emphasise that enough! Looking forward to the webcast. Wandering over to your blog now...
  7. Thanks Amy for charing your patterns with us. I downloaded the lot and can`t wait to put them in use! Bought alot of old bottles at a juble sale the other day, not really knowing what I planned to do with them... I just thought they where so beautiful. Well Amy now I know what to do thanks to you!

    Take care
  8. I looove old bottles. Been starting a collection myself. There's a great place nearby that has all this vintage stuff- I recently bought a whole bunch of old glass test tubes- just need to come up with an idea for what to do with them!
  9. Once again, another truly perfect concept and post!
  10. Kristyn A. | Jul 18, 2009
    Ok, the labels are wonderful, but , PLEASE, end my misery and post a DIY on how to make the gorgeous flower in the pictures! Between this lovely bloom and the ones featured in the Belgian beer post I'm absolutely salivating. Too gorgeous!!
  11. Well, actually, I didn't make the flower in the shot. I bought it from a flower shop down the road that used to have this collection of beautiful wooden and dried flowers but no longer stocks them! I'll have to try making one myself someday!
  12. These are gorgeous! I'll be linking.
  13. this is terrific! thanks for sharing!
  14. Fantastic! Thanks for offering this up, too. Love how you turned your inspiration into something real.
  15. These are gorgeous labels.
  16. This is fabulous...I put a little blurb about it on my blog!
  17. Our designs were featured on Amy's blog together, and when I saw your awesome labels I thought, hey, they are so much like the designs that I love in the book I just bought at Border's on Wednesday. Then I came over to see that we were on the same page (of the same book!) I am nuts for this style of vintage design and love what you’ve done with it. I hope to be sharing some similarly inspired pieces soon as well! So great to have found your blog and see your work!
  18. what is the font that is slab with a shadow
  19. Ecogirl | Oct 1, 2009
    Thanks Amy - the vinegar labels will be perfect for my homemade vinegar cleaning products.
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  21. Gorgeous! Gives me so many ideas. Thank you for sharing :)
  22. inspiring.
  23. Baby | Sep 15, 2010
    wowo this is very nice..I think it you can also burn the side not just tear it..burn it by using cigarette..thanks..just share
  24. thomas jerry | Sep 16, 2010
    Dear Customer,
    How is your day?Am interested in purchasing Wooden Box i will like you to Email me back with the various prices that you have in stock at this time for sale ,i will like to know the type of payment you do accept.Thanks you and Am awaiting for your soonest response.
    Best Regards
    Thomas Jerry
  25. Simply...a delicious blog; Thanks for share your style and amazing resources with us; with this action we are getting an internet more friendly for all.
    Thanks again !
  26. SUCH an inspiration - can't believe I haven't found you before now.... I'm hooked.

  27. Julie | May 9, 2011
    Thank you for your site. You are an inspiration and I just ordered the book you recommend and several others. I have several antique printers type books that I use, but looking for new and exciting inspiration.
  28. Thanks I was searching for an idea for our family gift exchange coming up and this gave me the inspiration I needed. You ideas are so creative and impressive I appreciate you sharing your designs and helping to make my ideas for a gift come to life!
  29. Thankyou -have printed, used and shared :-)
  30. SusanAnn Sheidy | Feb 20, 2014
    Amy you are FAB! I will use almost everything on your site. I am sharing too. I don't know how you get anything done with all the wonderful goodies you create. I can't wait to see what you drum up next. You are a cyber wizard!

  31. florenciel | Oct 24, 2014
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  33. mujeebullah | Apr 30, 2015
    Vinegar labels have been perfect for my homemade Vinegar cleaning products
  34. Erin | Nov 13, 2016
    Hi! I am so in love with your designs, first of all! I am also interested to find out if you do custom designs at all?
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