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Is it cheaper to print your own labels or to buy them?

It depends. If you already have the equipment to print your own labels, printing a few labels will likely be the cheaper option. However, if you are just starting out with label printing and want to order a larger quantity of different materials, getting labels printed by a professional label printer can actually save you money. How's that, you wonder? Let us dive a little deeper into your options.

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How much does it cost to make your own labels?

Do you already have everything you need to make your own labels? Then the additional cost of printing your own labels will only be the material expenses, which can be very cost-effective.

But if you have to buy new equipment to get your DIY label production going, it can get very expensive, very fast. All in all, this process can cost you up to £900. Let's find out why.

Designing labels

This is the most important part of creating your own labels. You want to be sure to design high-res artwork to make your labels look their best.

Even if you have no design experience, you do not have to worry. There are plenty of free, online design tools you can use. Why not give Graphic by Sticker it a try? It has hundreds of free templates you can choose from.

No matter if you want to create your own labels or order labels, this step is free.

White vinyl die cut sheet labels with cute animals some peeled and applied to a pink note book

Printing labels

Printing labels is a bit more complicated. Do you have a printer that gives you the print quality you want for your labels? Do you want to print labels on laser printers or rather inkjet printers?

A great printer that offers premium print quality will cost between £300 and £500. A quick Google search will result in cheaper options, but when it comes to printers, what you pay for is what you get. Factor in ink cost as well, especially if you want to sell your printed labels.

Laminating labels

If you want your labels to have a premium shine and withstand tearing, water and fading in the sunlight, lamination is a must.

At-home laminators start at £30 and can go up to £100. Depending on the look you want to create (e.g. matte or glossy), you can purchase different materials.

Cutting labels

When you are after a traditional label shape like round or square, you might be able to find pre-cut labels online. These are usually available in a white plastic material or white paper.

If you want to create a custom shape instead, you can buy a die-cutting machine, from anything from £100 to £300. This depends on the material you want to use and the shape you want your stickers to have.

Rectangle biodegradable paper sheet labels with detox design applied to a clear glass jar filled with soaking salts

And what about ordering from a label printer?

Does this sound like too much hassle? Then outsourcing label printing might be a great option for you. Especially if you are looking for large quantities, different materials, or custom shapes for your company stickers.

At Sticker it, we use high-quality materials and the world's best digital printer to create custom labels for you. No matter if you want paper labels, metallic labels, custom sheets, product labels or business labels.

Let's have a look at the price for a standard label order. The below example refers to 2x2" labels printed onto our best-selling white vinyl. To the left, you can find the quantity, whereas the right shows what the labels cost.

50 labels - £36

100 labels - £45

200 labels - £59

500 labels - £93

1000 labels - £158

See, sometimes going with a professional label printer can save money!

Die cut biodegradable paper sheet labels applied to a cardboard box filled with lavender soap

How to order labels online

If this sounds like something you want to try out, simply head to our custom labels page. There, you will find the different materials we print on.

Select your favourite, enter the size of your label, choose the shape and quantity and hit continue. Then, you can upload or create your artwork and fly through checkout.

Within 8 hours of placing your order, you will be sent a digital design proof that shows what your labels will look like. Once you approve that, we will get started. We print labels within four working days and ship them worldwide. Find out more about delivery times and free shipping options here.

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