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I'm looking for a method to label mason jars or bottles that does NOT involve adhesive. No sticker-type labels. I don't have the patience to remove adhesive labels, so I'm trying to avoid needing to do that. So I'm looking for some combination of rubberband+cardstock or maybe someone could recommend a pen that writes well on glass and is long-lasting (but removable).

asked Apr 06 '11 at 19:38

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edited May 10 '11 at 17:16

I may have found a workable solution, at least for anything that has a metallic lid. I've found you can use a magnet to attach a label to the lid. The small Mighty Magnets work pretty well and come in a variety of shapes (some are easier to grab than others). For the labels, the backside of the cardboard that's used for 6-packs works great -- I cut out 2"-diameter circles to fit nicely inside the decorative print on the mason lid. Still would love to hear other ideas though.

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Sharpie (permanent magic markers that write on glass) can be removed with acetone or ethanol so you write on the jar and remove with a cloth wet with nailpolish remover or vodka.


answered May 26 '11 at 04:14

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Sharpie on Gaff Tape. Removes easily and leaves no residue behind.


answered May 26 '11 at 12:29

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You said non-adhesive, but Post-It tape works well for me. It comes in a variety of widths, colors, and adhesive (super-sticky or regular.) Regardless of the type of adhesive, the tape peels off easily and cleanly. I have tried china markers and sharpies, but the markings are hard to read on clear glass without excellent lighting. In a cabinet with all the bottles and jars turned in various directions, the tape is far easier to read.


answered Nov 20 '12 at 00:23

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