|Vinyl cut with Pazzles and labeled with chalkboard marker|
Until I had my label maker and my Pazzles machine, my labels weren’t quite so attractive…but they worked. If you’re looking for different ways to label your bins, baskets, drawers, etc., here are some options that I have used or seen:
- Word document and packing tape. This is probably the most simple and doesn’t require fancy tools, and I’ve used it for years on my bins for holiday decorations, extra toys, off-season clothes, etc. Simply type up the labels you want in a Word document (or Excel), leaving enough space to cut around each word. (No decoration or flourishes necessary unless you want to. Just words will do!) Then I cut the labels out, and affixed them to the bins with clear packing tape. You could mat the labels on scrapbook or shelf paper first if you wanted some color, but the main point is function. For some cute versions of a printed and laminated label, check out Jen’s post on Labeling 101.
Word document and packing tape (on a bin)
- Die-cut machine to cut shapes from cardstock or vinyl. If you own a Pazzles, Silhouette, Cricut, etc. you can utilize your investment to make labels. I’ve cut shapes from cardstock (such as scalloped circles) which I laminated, or you can use vinyl so that your labels are adhesive. You can choose to create the letters by also cutting them, using letter stickers, or markers (my kitchen ones were labeled with vinyl and a white chalkboard marker. (I found the chalkboard marker may tend to wipe off if you rub it, but it does allow you to change the contents down the road by erasing and rewriting.)
Die-cut with Pazzles, then laminated and attached with string.
- Mini chalkboards. You can purchase small chalkboards at craft stores, or create your own with small pieces of wood (or metal) and chalkboard paint. I love, love, LOVE chalkboard tags on baskets!
- Label maker. Of course, if you have a label maker, the job of labeling contents can be super quick and easy. There are a variety of sizes and colors of tape for label makers, allowing you a little freedom to customize. You can take these labels a step further by matting them with pretty paper or by putting over Washi tape, as I did on my coconut oil jar.
Washi tape and label maker
5. Office supplies. Think outside the box and wander the aisles of your nearest department or office supply store. Even the most utilitarian of labels or tags could be really cute!
|DIY Chalkboard Tags (source)|
|Martha Stewart labels from Staples|