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How to make Christmas labels in Google Docs

Christmas is approaching and it's time to prepare your labels and gift tags to add a personal touch to your presents. This guide teaches you how to make Christmas labels in Google Docs. Here, we show you in 10 easy steps how to insert a picture and some text into your labels or gift tags, and how to print them.

🎁 Here is a summary of this step-by-step guide: 🎄

  1. Open a document in Google Docs
  2. Open Labelmaker
  3. Select a template
  4. Insert a table
  5. Add an image and text
  6. Remove table borders
  7. Personalize your labels
  8. Create the labels
  9. Preview before printing
  10. Print your Christmas labels

1. Open a document in Google Docs

First, open a new document in Google Docs and leave it blank. That document will be used to create and print the Christmas labels.

Open a document in Google Docs

2. Open Labelmaker

Then, go to the "Extensions" menu (previously named "Add-ons") and select "Create & Print Labels". If you haven’t installed the add-on yet, you can install Labelmaker from the Google Workspace Marketplace. When the installation is finished, you might need to reload your document by closing it and reopening it and the add-on will appear.

Open Labelmaker from Google Docs

3. Select a template

In the Labelmaker sidebar, click on "Select a template". You will be given several template options. As of writing, you can choose from over 5000+ labels.

There are several categories such as Avery® US Letter, Avery® A4, Avery® Zweckform to print Avery ® Labels for Christmas, and also Sheetlabels.com, OnlineLabels.com and Herma. In this label guide, we will be using the "Avery 5160" template, which is a commonly used label format.

Select a template for your Christmas labels

4. Insert a table

Now is the time to start designing your very own labels for a special Christmas. We are going to insert an image in the labels to decorate them.

To add an image in your Christmas labels, you need to insert a table in the first cell (the box with black borders). Inserting a table will allow you to have an image as well as some text on your label displayed next to it.

The example below shows you the result after inserting an image in your Christmas labels. Let's do it together step-by-step:

Adding an image into your Chrismtas labels using a table

First, place your mouse inside the first cell, the one with black borders, and reduce the font size to 1. This will make some space for the table we're going to insert. It’s not compulsory but we advise you to do it so the table fits properly into the cell.

Reduce font size inside the table

Then, go to the "Insert" menu at the top, click "Table" and select 2 squares (2X1) as shown here.

Inserting a table inside your first cell

5. Add an image and text

Select the image you want to appear on your labels and save it somewhere in your computer. Then in Google Docs, follow the steps:

  1. Go to the "Insert" menu at the top
  2. Select "Image" then "Upload from computer". You can also drag and drop your image directly from your computer into the first cell. When inserting your image, make sure it doesn't modify the first cell's height. If your image is too large, try to reduce its size to make it fit. Otherwise your labels will not align properly when printed.
  3. Once the image is in the cell, add your text in the other part of the table.

Tip: to enlarge your text, highlight it and click on “Normal text” then choose the font and size you like.

Add an image and text in your Christmas labels

6. Remove table borders

Next step, we need to remove the black borders on the outside of the table because we don't want them to appear on our Christmas labels. To do so, select your table (drag your mouse from the bottom right corner to the top left corner), then from the menu in the top right corner, turn the border width to 0pt.

Remove table borders on Christmas labels

7. Personalize your labels

You’ve done it! You can now follow the same steps for the other cells and create gift tags for everyone. Simply copy paste the content of the firs cells to other cells and add a personal touch to your gift tags. You could create one for each of your family members or relatives.

Personalize Xmas labels in Google Docs

To create a variety of labels, you can also use a mailing list. That way you could print Christmas labels and use personalized information from your mailing list such as a Name, Address, City State, Zip Code... Here is an example below where the First name will be personalized based on your contacts information.

Print Christmas labels using a mailing list

8. Create the labels

Once you are done creating your Christmas labels, click on "Create labels" at the bottom of the sidebar, on the right. Don’t forget to untick “Use first cell as model” (unless you want to print a full page of the same labels). Wait for the labels to be ready and click on "Open document".

Print labels menu in Google Docs

9. Preview before printing

Before printing your work, check that everything is in order, that there are no misalignment issues. Should you need to make some changes, just go back to the original document. Once the modifications are made, simply click on "Create labels'' again. This will create another page of labels.

To print your Christmas tags, click on "File" > "Print". In the print dialogue, check that the margin is set to none and the scale to 100%. Depending on the label format you chose, you might need to adapt the size of the page. In our example, the Avery® US Letter 5160 requires the size to be "Letter".

Print labels menu in Google Docs

It's your turn create Christmas labels!

Christmas Labels in Google Docs

Now you know how to make your own Christmas labels using the Google suite. A personal touch to your gift wrapping will wow your family and friends!

Using this guide, you’ll be able to print Avery Labels for Christmas with Google Docs as well as other kinds of labels and gift tags. You can use Labelmaker on other occasions such as the arrival of a new baby, a wedding or a work event. You can even create QR codes and more.

Install Labelmaker to create Christmas labels from Google Docs now! To learn more, check out our other tutorials. We also have a guide in case you’d like to print labels from Google Sheets rather than Google Docs.

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