I have had the idea in my head to create custom labels for the containers in my kitchen for a couple of years now. It was one of those projects that kept getting pushed to the back burner as more important projects got added to my to-do list. And the silliest part is it was one of those projects that didn’t take very long to complete – less than half an hour. Today, I am going to show you how to create your own custom vinyl kitchen labels using the Cricut Explore.

Custom Vinyl Kitchen Labels using Cricut Explore

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Supplies needed:


To start, you need to create a file in Cricut Design Space™ and add all the words you want to use for your containers. The words I needed:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Special Treats

Custom Vinyl Kitchen Labels - Cricut Design Space - font Freestyle

Note: I can’t share my file with you since I am using a custom font, but I will walk you step by step with how to set up your font in Design Space.

You will open Cricut Design Space and open a new project. Click add text. Type your word in the box. In this example, I am using the words “powdered sugar”. 

Add text in Cricut Design Space

Click edit in the layers panel and select your font. If you know the name of your font, you can type it in the box. The font I used is Freestyle and I purchased it from Creative Market.

Choose custom font by choosing edit

Now, with most script fonts you will need to adjust the spacing to have each of the letters connect as they would if you were using a word processing program. I use the up and down arrow buttons under “Letter Spacing” in the edit panel until I get the letters to look how I want.

Adjust spacing between letters in Cricut Design Space

You can then simply copy and paste a new text box for each additional word you want to create. In the pasted text box, change the word to whatever you like. Before I actually cut out my vinyl I go back and use the weld tool to be sure that each word cuts as one continuous piece.

Weld word together to have vinyl cut in one continuous piece


Now, you will simply click ‘Go’. Load vinyl on your mat with the paper backing side down. Choose vinyl on the custom dial.

Use Cricut Explore to cut out vinyl labels for kitchen containers

Once you have all your words cut out remove your vinyl from the cutting mat. I like to cut out each individual word before I start the weeding process.

Cut apart vinyl words before weeding

Start by weeding the excess vinyl. Go slowly and be careful to be sure you are not lifting up any pieces that should stay on your design like the little dots above the letter i.

Weed excess vinyl from word

Note: If you want to create a vinyl stencil, you will weed the negative space (the letters that you see remaining in the image above while leaving the background which we peeled off. This allows you to paint or color in the outline of your words.)

Use your weeding tool to help you get all the little bits and pieces of vinyl out from in between the letters.

Weed small bits of vinyl using weeding tool

Tip: When I went to visit Cricut headquarters I found out a helpful hint for weeding vinyl. Place your paper backing back on your sticky cutting mat to hold it in place while you weed.

Next, use transfer tape to move your design from the paper backing to your project. You will end up with a mess of all your letters stuck together if you skip out on using the transfer tape. Simply cut a piece of tape the same size as your lettering, peel off the paper backing and stick down on top of your vinyl. Use a popsicle stick, the scraper tool, or your fingers to be sure all the letters firmly adhere.

Use transfer tape to move vinyl from paper backing to project

Peel the transfer tape with the vinyl lettering attached from the vinyl paper backing.

Peel transfer tape with vinyl off paper backing

Carefully position your vinyl on your project and smooth it with the popsicle stick or your fingers before removing the transfer tape. I ended up needing to separate the words “powdered” and “sugar” as they were too long for my container.

Use transfer tape to adhere vinyl to project

Remove the transfer tape and you are all done!

Kitchen vinyl labels - AFTER

These were the labels I had on my containers before – clear shipping labels that I printed out on my home printer. 

Old kitchen container labels - BEFORE

They were functional but not very pretty. Now, I have beautiful coordinating labels that match my kitchen decor.

Kitchen vinyl labels using the Cricut Explore

Custom vinyl kitchen label

Flour vinyl kitchen label

I love that vinyl comes in so many colors and finishes. You can create custom labels for anything in your house that perfectly match your decor. And that makes my organizing loving heart so happy!

Have you ever created custom labels before?

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6 Comments on Custom Vinyl Kitchen Labels

  1. These are so pretty! Can you tell me the name of the font you used? You mentioned it was a custom font, I’m not sure what that means!

  2. I used to have these exact same cannisters. I now use glass mason jars in the half gallon size. I also have some gallon sized ones too.

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