Today is a very exciting day here on The Homes I Have Made! Not only is today the official launch of The (NEW) Organization Toolbox (more on that below!) but I am also sharing a labeling project I’ve been anxiously waiting to show you all. A few weeks ago, I gave you a sneak peek of my new pantry, complete with simple-yet-stylish labels to help us keep everything sorted and organized. You guys – these labels were so quick and easy to make and look so good; and I now have these printable pantry labels in an editable, changeable format so you can use them to organize your pantry too! Let me show you how!
When I shared a few sneak peek pictures of my pantry a few weeks ago, I got just as many comments and questions about our snack boxes and labels as I did about the pretty paper along the back (which was the tutorial I was sharing). I guess I wasn’t too surprised because these simple-but-beautiful labels are easy to read and look awesome. And the best part, they took mere minutes to make!
CUSTOMIZABLE PANTRY LABELS
When I first released my Ultimate Kitchen Printable Pack about a year ago, there was one comment and question I received more than ANY others: “Pretty please make these files editable so we can customize them for our own homes!” Even though I tried to include every pantry staple and spice I could think of in my Kitchen Inventories & Labels set, I knew I didn’t cover everything nor provide you all with the ultimate ability to customize my printables for your use. Well, my friends, I am so excited to announce that your wish is my command (even if it took me a while), and the Pantry Labels and Spice Labels now have editable fields for you to change them up however you see fit!
Beyond featuring editable text fields for both the top and bottom line of text, these pantry labels are pre-formatted to fit AVERY 22822 label sheets, which are 2×3″ CLEAR glossy printable labels. I’ve worked with a lot of clear products before and am always bothered with the hazy sheen of the “clear” paper. But these labels are awesome. They are truly clear and glossy, and print beautifully. After editing the printable pantry labels file for our exact categories and foods, I simply printed them out onto the AVERY labels and attached them to our snack bins! The fit couldn’t have been more perfect!
Speaking of fit though, if the rectangle shape isn’t quite right for your needs, I have another easy way to customize them even further. If you notice in the picture above, on the bottom shelf, our baking supplies are loaded into baskets (the baskets help me fit more on the shelf and make it easier to pull everything out at once!). Because of how these containers are arranged in our pantry though, labeling them along the sides of the bins wouldn’t help me much. But how about the tops?
I didn’t need to customize these labels much becausethe Kitchen Inventories and Labels kit already included everything I needed for our pantry. I simply printed them out, again on the clear glossy labels, but this time, I used my circle framelets with my Big Shot to trim the labels down into 2″ circles to fit the tops of my Oxo containers. (I could have used a sharp 2″ punch, but mine was too dull to cut cleanly through the labels.)
Once everything was printed and trimmed down, I simply adhered each sticker label to the tops of all my containers. Now as my baskets sit on our pantry shelves, I can see what everything is whenever I need it!
I mentioned earlier that I’ve been waiting a little while to share this project with you. The reason, beyond getting the printable files ready for you, was because I wanted to make sure these labels and this idea would stand the test of time. We’re about 2+ months of these labels being on the tops of our container, and they are all doing just fine – no puckering or peeling!
I absolutely adore this solution for labeling our pantry items. However, it’s important to note that these labels are not washable, so you may want to only use this idea on items you don’t frequently rinse!
CUSTOMIZABLE SPICE JAR LABELS
The pantry labels are relatively big (they fit 2×3″ rectangles). So while you can use those labels on any larger bin or basket (even on non-kitchen items since you can change the text to anything). But if you want to label smaller containers or jars, such as spices, the printable spice labels are a better bet!
I feel like I am on a constant pursuit to get my spice jars labeled and organized juuuuuust right. To recap: years ago I started storing them in a basket and it was life-changing. But after growing weary of sorting through them every time I needed something, I decided to label the tops with a Sharpie. Admittedly, the Sharpie labels are quick and easy, but the circular text was always a bit difficult for me to read.
Sooo…off went the written labels (did you know you can remove Sharpie from plastic? Here is the tutorial I used!), and I instead printed out a sheet of my ready-to-go spice labels, pre-sized to fit AVERY 6450 Labels.
I love the idea of decanting spices into pretty, matching jars…but honestly, I’ve never been able to get that to work for me. I’ve learned that I just do better with off-the-shelf jars. Fortunately, the 1″ round stickers are the perfect size to fit most of the common lid sizes on most available spices!
Like my pantry staples, there was no editing required here since I don’t buy any unique or exotic spices. However, should you need or want different names on the labels, you can also edit these to your preference. (Also, if you prefer straight labels instead of a round layout, I have those ready too!) Once you print onto out the labels onto the Avery 6450 Labels, all that’s left to do…again…is peel and stick!
I did want to show you a little closer detail on how these labels sit on top of the spice jar lids. On the red spice jars, there is plenty of space on the inside of the round ridge to place the 1″ label. On the taller, skinnier jars though, the label doesn’t nestle into the center quite right. You can certainly press your labels into the center (below, curry powder), but I didn’t care for the way it looked, so I just placed the sticker on top of the round ridge, which it fits perfectly. If you wanted, you could use a smaller circle punch to cut out smaller circles from plain sticker paper.
I genuinely didn’t have any concerns about the pantry labels sticking to the canisters, but I’ve been very interested to watch how these labels stay on the jars. 2ish months in, and they look exactly as they did on the first day I stuck them on! None have peeled or fallen off! Now, admittedly, my spices aren’t something I pull down and use everyday. But with regular use, these labels have proved a much prettier (and easier!) way to find what I’m looking for when preparing meals!
This beautiful Pantry Inventory and Labels Kit has been uploaded to The Organization Toolbox and is available for download right now!
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hope you all love this idea for adding labels to your pantry containers and spice jars! They couldn’t be any easier, thanks to my ready-to-go printable files; and they look simple, clean and gorgeous when all put together! I’d love to hear how you’d use the labels in your own home!Posted In 7 - Toolbox Sample Pages, California '16, Kitchen, Labeling Love, Organization, Printables, Storage Solutions, The Organization Toolbox