How To Use Shrink Bands for Bottles and Jars

Friday, February 13, 2015

There are several options for applying shrink bands. At Packaging Options Direct, we have performed multiple tests on how the best way to get the shrink bands to work. The two best methods are the Heat Gun Method for large volumes and the hot water method if you do not have access to a heat gun or are just doing a few bottles at a time. Below outlines the Hot Water Method.

How to Apply Shrink Bands with the Hot Water Method

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and remove from heat. Once the water stops boiling you are ready to proceed.

boiling water

2. Next, make sure that your closure of choice, or standard dropper, is fastened securely on your bottle. Then place the shrink band over the neck of the bottle so that it sits half over the closure and half over the bottle.

shrink band on bottle

3. After that, using a pair of kitchen tongs, hold the shrink band in place.

shrink band going into hot water

4. Carefully insert the banded area of the bottle into the water. As soon as the band starts to come into contact with the water it will start to shrink. It takes just a couple of seconds to completely shrink the band.

shrink band in hot watershrink band being dunked into hot water

5.Lastly, remove the bottle from the water, and let air dry.

finished bottle close upfinished bottle

It is important to note that using the hot water method to apply your shrink bands to your bottles should be done before you apply your labels. If your labels are not waterproof, you could ruin them by immersing them in hot water.

We hope that this easy method of application helps you in providing your customers with a secure, tamper-evident seal.  As always, we are happy to help at any time if you have questions. Please feel free to contact us if you should ever need assistance with choosing the correct product for your specific needs. 



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  • Jeanne

    4/20/2018 8:07 AM
    How do you prevent water from getting between the bottle and the shrink band?
  • David

    4/20/2018 9:43 AM
    Thank you for your question. While you cannot keep water from getting between the band and the bottle, once they airdry you won’t have any moisture between the two. - Packaging Options Direct
  • Mark

    9/14/2018 6:21 PM
    Just use a blow dryer or I use a heat gun on low

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