Custom Old Bay Labels

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IT’S WEDDING SEASON!!!

Honestly, wedding season used to excite me.  Who doesn’t love partying with friends, eating good food, and most importantly, an open bar? Count me in!

However, now that I’m in my 30s, with a small child, and live 6 hours away from where I grew up, wedding season just doesn’t have the same appeal.  It could be that my husband and I were invited to 5 weddings this season.  All of them out of town.  One even out of the country.  AND I am the Matron of Honor for one of them.  That’s 5 weekends that we have to travel away from home with our baby, and that doesn’t even include bridal showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties, etc.

Don’t get me wrong, we love our friends and family and we are going to attend as many events as we possibly can.  It’s just exhausting!

You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about wedding season in a post about Old Bay.  I swear there’s a reason.  Sometimes, it just takes me a little while to get to the point.  Especially when I haven’t written a blog post in a LONG time.  Anyway… time to reel it in.

Upcoming weddings might cause me a little anxiety these days, but they also provide me with a lot of new blog content.  That’s because I love DIY wedding gifts, favors, decorations, etc.  Being the MOH allows me to come up with all sorts of fun stuff without the stress of planning a wedding.  Been there, done that.  Don’t wish to repeat.

In this particular case, I am referring to my BFF’s wedding shower we had a few weekends ago.  It was a nautical themed party.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the nautical theme is extremely popular.  Try typing the word “nautical” in your Pinterest search bar and you can spend hours paging through some really good ideas.  That’s exactly what I did.  Unfortunately, my BFF’s house is covered in nautical decor and she is just as crafty as I am.  So, despite the plethora of ideas, I just wasn’t loving any of them for her.

I decided to go craft store browsing.  Yes, that’s a thing.  I ended up buying a few items I thought I could use for general decor.  But I was still missing a good, original idea.  I was examining all the different types of Mod Podge when it came to me… Old Bay labels!  BFF and her future hubby are crabbers.  They eat more Maryland crabs than anyone I know, and I lived in Maryland for 25+ years.  Old Bay is a staple in their household.

I knew I wanted to customize the labels.  It wasn’t enough to go out and buy 35 tins of Old Bay.  That wouldn’t have impressed anyone.  Instead, I bought a 7.5 lb tub of it on Amazon and some glass spice jars with red tops to go with it.

Old Bay Amazon Old Bay Jars

Once I had the materials, I started planning out my label.  I googled a picture of the Old Bay Label and used the program PicMonkey to edit it to my liking.  I can’t say I’d recommend this method.  I just used it because it’s what I had.  Something like Photoshop would probably be a lot faster and easier.  However, if you’re like me, and you do everything the hard way because it’s free, then here are the steps I used in PicMonkey.

PicMonkey Steps:

  1. Crop the picture until you have the label size you want
  2. Use the Geometric Overlay feature (with the background color selection wand) to cover up the existing text that’d you like to change
  3. Choose your replacement text from the Text section and size it accordingly
  4. Use the Overlay section to “add your own” overlay for any images you want to add

These are obviously very vague instructions.  I am not a PicMonkey expert and do not feel comfortable acting as so.  I would be more than happy to explain in detail how I accomplished this task if you want to email me.  Otherwise, you’re on your own.

Once I had my labels looking the way I wanted them, I printed them 6 to a page.  I measured them out to get them to fit right on the spice jars.

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I cut each of the labels out individually.  Then I used my trusty Mod Podge to paste them onto the glass jars.  I used the Mod Podge like glue to get the back of the labels to stick to the jars.

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Then I painted another layer on top of the labels to seal them.

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I let them dry and put them back in the box they came in to get them ready for filling.

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I used a rolled up piece of paper as a funnel and filled the jars using my 7.5 lb tub of Old Bay and a spoon.

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Once they were filled to my liking, I snapped the little plastic sifter lid back on to each of the jars.

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Then I screwed on the red lids.

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I put them back in their boxes to transport them to Maryland for the shower.  Once there, I proceeded to remove them and take tons of pictures by the water in Havre de Grace.

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 I know an opportunity when I see one.

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Finally, I managed to get them to the shower where I proceeded to take even more pictures.  They looked great on the tables with the crab sugar cookies and candles in jars filled with sand.

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They were a big hit.  I’d changed the name to reflect the bride’s future last name so they were much more personal than a regular jar of Old Bay.

And… they were social media GOLD!  I love taking artsy shots of my DIY projects for Instagram.  It gives me immense satisfaction.  I know… NERD ALERT.

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And, last but not least, the hubby and I made sure to order some crabs while we were up in Maryland for the shower.  Also a great photo opp.

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Thank you all for reading.  If this project inspires even one person out there, I’ve accomplished my goal.  Cheers!

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