How To Make Your Own Labels

DIY organization labelsAfter learning to make my own homemade household cleaning products, I needed a better way to store and organize them.  I was lucky enough to find some spray bottles and swingtop sealed jars at the dollar store of all places (JACKPOT! I absolutely love the sealed jars!).

 

Now that we have all these containers, I wanted to label them so I would know what was inside each of them.  I like the idea of a clear label, but the kits to make them are rather costly. I thought about perhaps printing onto a transparency, but I didn’t have any in the house. So, out of cheapness (and laziness) I decided to just print onto plain paper. If I get tired of the labels, I can always change them to something else at a later time.

Required Materials:
Printer With Ink and Printer Paper
Clear Packing Tape
Scissors
X-Acto Knife and Ruler (Optional)

Homemade LabelsI started by designing some labels on the computer – you can use any digital image software to do this. If you don’t have one currently, Gimp is a good free program that can get the job done. I then arranged all the labels to fit on a single 8.5×11 sheet and printed them out.

 

Next I trimmed the labels with an xacto knife and ruler leaving a small white edge around the sides.  If you don’t have an xacto, scissors will work if you have a steady hand.  Then I placed each label print side down onto a piece of clear packing tape and trimmed the excess with scissors.

DIY labelsFinally, take your new label and place it onto your container starting in the center and working your way outward.  Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles.  One tip when working with containers that have irregular edges is to make the labels slightly smaller than the even surface.  This will ensure that they can be adhered smoothly.  As you can see, these cheap little labels don’t look too shabby!

Total cost out of pocket if you already have everything on hand = $0, can’t beat that!

While these won’t be dishwasher safe, they are good enough to survive a hand washing if you are careful.

Organization With Baskets

An organized home is a relaxing home… and a more beautiful home too. One of my favorite ways to keep things organized and clutter free is by using baskets. For a more serene look, I like to stick with the same basket design consistently within each space and line them up nicely on the shelves. These work wonderfully everywhere from kitchen cabinets to closets and bookcases.

The “Branas” baskets from Ikea are one of my favorites, and they are very affordable too!