3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore

Last week, I spent some time getting the closet in my craft room/office a little more organized! In addition to getting a better grip on my fabric stash, I finally labeled (or re-labeled in some cases!) all the various baskets and boxes I use for storage. It’s no secret that I turn to my Cricut Explore over and over again to accomplish a variety of projects all over the home (you can read about why I am on Team Cricut here). Not only does it make complicated projects truly quick and easy, but I end up with far more professional looking results…and that couldn’t be more true than when it comes to labeling! Whenever I want an eye-popping, easy-to-read, and pretty label, I turn to my Cricut Explore every single time. Here on the blog, I try to showcase ways to do things that don’t require special equipment or machines, but today I wanted to share 3 quick and easy ways to make some unique labels using a Cricut Explore. This post not at all sponsored, but for those of you with machines and/or debating buying one, I thought it would be fun to show you some fun, creative, and EASY ways to use it for labeling anything! Let’s get to it!

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore

Before I got to work last week, my craft closet was functioning pretty well. A combination of storage solutions, including bins, baskets, 12×12 flat boxes, and Tupperware, all kept everything sorted and contained. While I did spend some time purging down my baskets and re-wrapping a lot of my fabric, my main priority was to label everything so I knew where everything was with a quick glance.

Craft Closet | Before

I actually shopped a few office and craft supply stores before setting to work on this project, looking for fun and unique ways to label all the different containers. Underwhelmed by my options, I came home and decided to use what I already had, but in new ways! I ultimately came up with three different labeling solutions all using a combination of paper, tape, wallpaper and vinyl.

Labeling in the Craft Closet

Because my containers are different sizes (square versus horizontal) and textures (plastic versus fabric), I had to come up with different ways to label each type. Although all different, I unified the labels by using the same fonts, papers and tapes across all three!

Labels for the Craft Closet

Large Vinyl Labels

The first boxes I labeled were the fabric-covered DRÖNA bins from IKEA. I’ve had good success using large labels made from contact paper in our playroom, so I knew I could go down a similar path. This time, pictures weren’t going to be descriptive enough, so I added words to help me better know what’s in each identical box.

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Vinyl

I started by designing the labels in Cricut Design Space (the online design software for the Cricut Explore). I organized my fabric into 3 main categories (print font) and then categorized them even more by color (script font).

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Vinyl

At the last minute, I decided to use some leftover adhesive flowered wallpaper to give the labels a little more color and personality. After cutting the circles from wallpaper and the words from gold vinyl, I used transfer tape to layer the images and secure them neatly to the boxes.

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Vinyl

As I said, the DRÖNA bins are fabric, so the vinyl sometimes has trouble releasing from the transfer tape and sticking to the fabric. Just rub the vinyl letters really, really, really well, and peel away your transfer tape VERY slowly. With some patience, you’ll be able to get everything transferred just right without too much trouble!

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Vinyl

I was originally concerned about all the words looking too busy. But honestly, I’m just so pleased to have everything labeled in a truly helpful way. The circles keep everything looking more streamlined and consistent!

Labels for the Craft Closet

Paper Labels

When it came time to re-label the Target Y-Weave baskets, I wanted to do something different than before. After spending too much time coming up with nothing, I ultimately decided #ifitaintbroke there is no need to fix it, right?!? So I re-made the same Dry-Erase Labels I made for these baskets years ago, only changing them a bit!

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Last time, I made these labels, they were blank and I could write on them with a dry-erase marker. This actually worked out wonderfully for me because I was always swapping out the basket contents. However, I hate my handwriting AND the contents in these baskets have remained pretty consistent for a year now, so I figured I was safe to make more permanent labels. As before, I created my designs in Design Space, essentially replicating the dimensions from the previous labels, only adding a pink layer in the middle. This time around, instead of adding the text in more vinyl, I used the Write feature of the Cricut Explore. By typing in text and attaching it to my shapes, the Cricut Explore cut everything AND wrote the labels for me! I know I say “quick and easy” a lot, but this really was quick and easy!

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Tags

After all my circles came out of the machine, I added some washi tape borders (like last time) to frame out the words and mimic the look of the floral labels.

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Tags

I then stacked and glued all the circles together with roller adhesive…

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Tags

…and ran them through my laminator for extra durability. A note about getting a really good seal on these since they’re a bit thick: start by running the labels through the laminator in a single sheet. AFTER you cut them apart, run them through the machine a few more times to really seal up the edges. Also, if you don’t have a laminator, a reader recently suggested you can get the same durability using clear contact paper – brilliant!

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Tags

To secure these labels to the baskets, I used adhesive-backed Velcro! It’s worked so well for years, I just stuck to it (ha!)

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Tags

Admittedly, I’m so glad I stayed with my previous label design for these baskets. They pop and contrast nicely with the bigger, floral labels!

Labels in the Craft Closet

Washi Tape Labels

The last boxes I needed to label were my 12×12 flat plastic boxes. While they are designed for paper, I use them for all sorts of things. I now have about 10, so I wanted a quick and easy way to tell them apart. Using washi tape worked perrty well in the psat, but I hated my handwriting and had a hard time reading it. So I let the Cricut Explore do the writing again, this time on tape!

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Washi Tape

Like before, I started in Design Space and added the names of all my boxes to the mat. (Yes, I know there is a typo. I ALWAYS have a typo.) However, there is a quick and easy trick to getting the text to print correctly on your tape. After you send the design to Cut, you will get a preview screen. Here, you can move images around to specific places on your mat. I lined up all my words just under a grid line and noted how long they extended.

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Washi Tape

I then placed my washi tape, directly onto my mat, in a configuration that matched exactly where I placed the words in the preview screen.

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Washi Tape

Once I hit Go, the Cricut Explore added the text to all my washi tape!

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Washi Tape

Once it’s done, just peel them off carefully and add them to whatever you’re labeling. A note here on the pens and dry time. I couldn’t get the metallic markers to write on the slick surface of the washi tape, but the black pen worked great. Also, I was a little too quick to apply them to my boxes, and they smudged a bit. Within an hour, they were completely dry and didn’t smudge when rubbed, so I suggest letting them fully dry before applying them!

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore | Washi Tape

And with that, I had all my different boxes and bins labeled and looking pretty! By using my Cricut Explore, I was able to come up with a new look for all these containers by using old ideas in different ways…all using items I already had on hand. I’ll call that a win, win win!

3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore

I’d love to hear if you have a Cricut Explore. Have you used it to help with organizing and label making? Have you tried the Write feature yet?

I hope you guys have a great rest of your week! This Saturday, I’ll be checking in with my monthly round-up of projects around the web! See you then!

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P.S. Need more Cricut Explore project inspiration? Be sure to check out my full Cricut Explore series by clicking the images below:

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore! Are you ready to use your Cricut Explore to make home decor? This post breaks down the essentials you need to get started! Are you ready to use your Cricut Explore to make vinyl decor, labels and more? This post breaks down everything you need to know about working with vinyl! One of the best features of the Cricut Explore is that you don't have to buy every image you want to cut! This tutorial shows you exactly how to import and cut your own images!  Attaching Images to one another is one of the easiest yet most misunderstood functions when using the Cricut Explore. This tutorial explains whey, how, and why to use to perfect your projects!

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12 Responses to 3 Creative Ways to Make Labels with a Cricut Explore

  1. I love all your organization ideas! I signed up for your blog updates and thought I also thought I signed up for receiving your printables but I can’t find an email from you with a password. I think part of it is I changed email addresses and maybe deleted the email that had the password on my old address? Can’t remember for sure! I am hoping there is a way to sign up for that again.
    Thanks, Kathy

  2. Hi Megan
    We saw some weeks ago your lovely craft closet with these wonderful labels and today we know how you made them. Well I don’t have such a machine and even if I know I should label many things I haven’t done it yet. So I think even if my handwriting is awful, I will begin by the simplest way but I love to see what you managed to realize. Have a nice week-end. Michèle

    • Hi Michèle!

      I do try so hard to only show posts that almost everyone can accomplish without needing special equipment, but every now and then, I like to show something fun and new! I’m glad you are inspired instead of feeling left out of this project!


  3. I want one of those machines. No, I think I need one. I love all the things you create out of that machine.
    I have a question. I went to get into the organizational toolbox, and couldn’t find the password. Did I miss it in an email?
    Thanks for sharing some easy ways to do simple things to keep organized.

  4. Where did you get your 12 x 12 flat plastic boxes?? We are stationed in Germany and I can’t seem to find the right sizes on Amazon.
    I really enjoy your military and organized moving posts 🙂

  5. Such a cool little machine and I love those labels, especially on the big bins (from ikea). My fav and everything matches and go so well 🙂 Great job.

    Lauren | Lovely Decor

    • Hey Lauren!!!

      I have to apologize for my delay in responding to your comments. I just found a ton of comments in my Trash (for some strange reason!), so I hadn’t seen them until just yesterday!

      Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit me and leave thoughtful comments. They always brighten my day!

      Happy Sunday!

  6. I am also signed up to your site for organizational ideas but I want the free printables but do not have the password required nor do I have a email indicating wha it is. I have tried everything I can think of to access the printables but have bee unsuccessful. What is the password?

  7. Would you mind sharing the fonts you used on your bins in the Cricut Design Space? More specifically, the ones on the washi tape part?

  8. I love how you labeled the Drona bins! And the floral adhesive wallpaper is awesome – do you happen to remember where you got it?

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