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.
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- Cricut Explore
- Cricut vinyl – I used Sky vinyl from the Cricut® Vinyl Sampler Pack, Home
- Transfer tape
CRICUT DESIGN SPACE
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:
- Brown Sugar
- Baking Soda
- Powdered Sugar
- Bread Crumbs
- Special Treats
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”.
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.
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.
CREATING THE LABELS
Now, you will simply click ‘Go’. Load vinyl on your mat with the paper backing side down. Choose vinyl on the custom dial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peel the transfer tape with the vinyl lettering attached from the vinyl 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.
Remove the transfer tape and you are all done!
These were the labels I had on my containers before – clear shipping labels that I printed out on my home printer.
They were functional but not very pretty. Now, I have beautiful coordinating labels that match my kitchen decor.
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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