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One of the first things that I wanted for our new pantry was clear containers for all my pantry staples. Previously, I had everything in multiple different types of containers. I wanted something more uniform.
I found these glass jars at Ikea that come in three different sizes. Each one comes with a rubber gasket so that they stay sealed, which makes them perfect for holding pantry food staples. I got an assortment of all the sizes.
When I got them home I filled each one by emptying old containers and bags that I had laying around of staple foods. Once everything was in identical containers, it was already starting to feel so much more organized! Before they could go into the new pantry, my new glass containers needed some labels.
I decided to make some lovely hand-lettered labels for each container using my Cricut Explore, and I’m going to show you how easily you can make them yourself!
How to Make Hand-Lettered Labels for Pantry Containers
- Cricut Explore Cutting Machine
- White Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- This is the best value transfer tape that I have found – it’s 300 ft long!
- Weeder Tool
- Font of your choice
- I used “Daydreamer”
- Glass Jars
To start, you will need to login to the Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
I wanted my labels to have hand-lettered look to them and to be a little relaxed feeling. I decided to use a script font called “Daydreamer” and to create each word using all lowercase letters. I selected the “Text” button to add a new word to my project.
In order to make the word appear to be connected, like a true “hand-written” font style, I needed to manually connect each letter. I selected the button directly under the right-justify button. It shows an uppercase “E” and a lowercase “i” separated by boxes.
This made each letter of the word into a separate object that can be manipulated on its own. Once the letters were isolated, I dragged each one so that they overlapped and appeared to be a continuous stroke line.
Once I got to this step, I still had lines where the letters overlapped one another, which meant that the Cricut would cut at those spots. To remove those cut lines I selected all of the letters by holding down command and clicking on each letter individually.
Once they were all selected, I went back to the “Layers” tab and selected “Weld.” Welding two objects in the Cricut Design Space will remove any cut lines that are creating when those images overlap. So, by welding each letter I created one joint image for the whole word, meaning that the Cricut would only cut the outline of the word. Using this technique, I created all of the words that I needed to make all my pantry labels.
Once the Cricut was finished, I used my scissors to cut each word out individually. I found that it was easier to work with one word at a time than to try to work with a large sheet of words. Using the weeder tool, I removed all excess vinyl from each word. The weeder tool was especially helpful for the extra vinyl inside of the “loops” that were part of the font style.
Once all of the words were ready to be placed, I cut out pieces of transfer tape to cover each word and applied it to the “right side.” To make sure the transfer tape “grabs” the words from the backing, I ran my fingers over each letter applying pressure as I went.
Then I peeled off the vinyl backing to reveal the “sticky side.” The transfer tape is partially transparent, so I was able to position the words on the containers.
To fit my Ikea containers, I came up with some general sizes so that the labels looked consistent on different sized containers and with different text. This was determined by if the text had “tall” letters or not. “Tall” letters were letters that extended beyond (either above or below) the overall height of the word. Some examples of “tall” letters were “f,” “g,” “h,” etc.
I noticed that some words were generally all the same size because there were no “tall” letters. One example was the word “cocoa.” All words that fit this type were sized to 1” in height.
Other words had “tall” letter that extended either only above or only below. The word “wheat” had “tall” letters that extended only above. The word “quinoa” had “tall” letters that extended only below. All words that fit this type were sized to 1.5” in height.
There was another type of word that had “tall” letters in both directions. The word “flour” had extended height in both directions. All words that fit this type were sized to “2” in height.
Finally, for the smaller containers, there was not as much room to fit all of the words. All labels that went on the smaller container were sized to 1” in height.
I absolutely love how these turned out! The fact that the labels have a hand-written quality to them makes them both casual and whimsical.
Now that I have finished my first organizing project for 2016, I am so motivated to keep going! Have you been in a New Years organizing mood lately? What projects have you finished so far?