Plastic dividers are an inexpensive and easy way to keep your closet items sorted into categories. But unless you handwrite the labels or order a custom set, the options are fairly limited. Today, I’m showing you how to easily label blank round closet dividers with a Cricut machine, so that ANY closet can be perfectly organized, exactly how you want it!

White plastic closet dividers with blue vinyl labels cut from Cricut vinyl

Why Use Closet Dividers?

Hanging rod dividers are most commonly seen in clothing stores to easily separate out sizes or types of items. But they can be useful in a home setting too, especially if closets are packed full or serve several people or purposes.

These round dividers are easy to pop on/off a standard rod and don’t get in the way when pulling items in and out. This allows you to easily break up a single, solid rod into more functional categories; therefor helping you more quickly and easily find exactly what you need, when you need it!

White plastic closet dividers with blue vinyl labels hung on a coat closet rod

Why Customize Your Own Closet Dividers?

A quick glance at Amazon or Etsy will show that off-the-shelf versions of these round dividers are available for fairly limited circumstances (primarily nursery closets, actually!)

So not only can it be difficult to find labeled closet dividers for other situations; but if you want any control over the color, text, or wording, a custom order is often your only option.

But with the help of a Cricut machine (or other e-cutter), you can easily make vinyl labels to fit right on top of the plain plastic dividers. And by desinging and cutting your own, they can look exactly as you want them to!

This really is a quick and easy labeling project since I’ve already done all the design work for you. Let me show you how!

White plastic closet dividers with blue vinyl labels cut from Cricut vinyl

Supplies Needed

For this Cricut labeling project, you will need:

Cricut Maker 3 shown along side plain white vinyl closet dividers

Are All Plastic Closet Dividers the Same?

I designed my Closet Divider Label SVG specifically to fit this pack of blank clothing dividers. So if you purchase this set, your vinyl labels will fit exactly as shown in my pictures.

Will my label file fit other round closet dividers? Maybe, but I can’t say for sure.

From what I can tell, most closet dividers seem to be approximately the same dimensions. However, they may/may not have slightly different edges, beveling, openings, etc. So while there is a good chance my label template will fit whatever dividers you use, you may need to make some minor tweaks to the SVG file (after upload) if you have a slightly different version.

White plastic round closet dividers

How to Make Custom Closet Divider Labels with a Cricut

Step 1 – Upload SVG File

Start by downloading the Closet Divider Label SVG to your computer, then uploading it into Cricut Design Space. If you need help, see here: How to Import Your Own Images Into Cricut Design Space

If you are using these plastic closet dividers, you do not need to make any further adjustments to the size/shape of the file.

Cricut Design Space Screenshot - Upload File

Step 2 – Add Desired Text

Next, use the Text Tool (lefthand toolbar) to add your desired text to the canvas. At this time, you might also want to browse fonts and play with size and justification, as needed.

TIP! By adding 2 or 3 copies of the word (or name) around the circle, it will always be visible and easy to read no matter how the divider spins on the rod.

Cricut Design Space Screenshot - Add Text

Step 3 – Curve Text

Next, you will want to bend your text into a circle that perfectly matches the Closet Divider Label SVGTo do this, open the Curve Tool (on the Text Toolbar, which becomes available when you have a line of text selected). Move the Curve button to the right to bend the text.

Cricut Design Space Screenshot - Curve Text

Continue adjusting the Curve setting in order to get your specific text (i.e., font, size) to fit around the label shape exactly to your liking.

TIP! Once you get the curve setting just right for your selected font, you will be able to swap out words and keep the bend exactly the same!

Cricut Design Space Screenshot - Curve Text

NOTE: I chose to label my closet dividers with text only, but you could also add descriptive icons or decorative details (e.g., borders, flourishes) to your labels, as well!

Step 4 – Attach Everything Together

Once you are satisfied with the design, select all the elements (label, text, other decorations) and attach them together via the Attach Tool in the bottom right-hand toolbar. Not sure why? See here: How (& Why!) to Use Attach In Cricut Design Space

Cricut Design Space Screenshot - Attach

Step 5 – Repeat As Necessary

Presumably, you will be making more than one closet divider. As such, duplicate the design and adjust the text on each label.

Once all your labels are complete, click the green “Make It” button to send them to your Cricut machine.

Cricut Design Space Screenshot - Multiply

Step 6 – Duplicate Project

Closet dividers tend to be seen from both directions, especially as you slide hangers across the bar. As such, I very much recommend cutting your entire label set in duplicate (identical labels for both sides).

The easiest way to do this is to increase the Project Copies to 2 on the Prepare Screen (as shown below).

Cricut Design Space Screenshot - Prepare Screen

Step 7 – Cut Out Closet Divider Labels with Cricut Machine

Load your preferred vinyl into your Cricut machine, either directly into the machine or on a mat (if not using Smart Materials).

Select the appropriate material setting and start your machine cutting out the vinyl labels.

Cricut Maker 3 machine loaded with bright blue Cricut vinyl

Step 8 – Weed Labels

Next, you will need to weed away all the excess vinyl to prepare it for transfer to your plastic dividers.

I want to point out here that what specific vinyl elements you weed out can change the way your closet dividers look!

Closet divider labels cut and weeded from blue vinyl

If you remove everything around the label shape and the letters themselves, you will end up with colored dividers with white text (as designed). However, you can also pull away the full label shape, leaving only the letters behind. This will give you white dividers with colored text!

Quite easily, you can get two very different looks with the same design!

White plastic closet dividers with blue vinyl labels cut from Cricut vinyl

Step 9 – Apply Vinyl to Closet Dividers with Transfer Tape

Once you have the labels weeded to your preference, use Transfer Tape to pick up the vinyl label…

Closet divider label being picked up with transfer tape

…and place it onto one side of the plastic closet divider. I found it very easy to line up the decal with the perimeter of the divider; but if you’re having trouble, match up the opening first, then lay the rest of the decal down.

Blue vinyl label being placed onto round closet divider

Once in place, rub the decal+transfer tape vigorously with a scraper to ensure it’s fully stuck into place. Then remove the transfer tape to reveal your custom label adhered to the divider!

New to working with vinyl? See my complete guide: Your Complete Guide to Cutting Vinyl with a Cricut

Hand removing transfer tape from blue vinyl label placed onto round closet divider

Step 10 – Repeat On Other Side(s)

Next, add a matching label to the other side of the divider; then repeat with all the remaining dividers until your entire set is complete!

White plastic closet dividers with blue vinyl labels cut from Cricut vinyl

Step 11 – Hang Dividers on Closet Rod

Your final step is to pop the plastic dividers over a standard closet rod at the appropriate intervals in order to segment your hanging items.

White plastic closet dividers with blue vinyl labels hung on a coat closet rod

Fun Ideas for Using Closet Dividers

Nursery Closet

One of the most common uses for plastic closet dividers is in a nursery closet. Instead of names or words, use common baby clothes sizes such as Newborn, 3-6 Months, 6-9 Months, 9-12 Months, etc to keep all the little outfits together.

Siblings Closet

If you have multiple children sharing the same closet, simple name dividers can help separate clothes by child, avoiding confusion at both “put away” time and “get dressed” time!

Dress Up

If you have an extensive dress-up or costume collection, these can also be really helpful in keeping various items organized and separate (i.e., superheroes, princess dresses, etc).

White plastic closet dividers with black vinyl labels hung on a coat closet rod

Day-of-the-Week Dividers

Do you like to prep your kids’ (or your own) daily outfits to help the mornings run a little smoother? Add days of the week around each label and then cut them from different colors. These can easily be hung on a closet rod between outfits or even on hangers themselves.

Day of the week labels applied to round closet dividers

Adult Closet

These dividers don’t have to be used for baby/kids clothes only. Use them in an adult closet to separate clothes out by type (e.g., dresses, shirts, pants, etc) or season (e.g., Winter, Summer, etc) if you struggle to keep logical categories distinct.

Coat Closet

The blue set of closet dividers shown in this post is being used in our (fairly full) front hall coat closet to help us quickly figure out which coats belong to who. With lots of little boy jackets that appear similar in size, this is a game changer when we need to get out the door quickly!

White plastic closet dividers with blue vinyl labels hung on a coat closet rod

Once upon a time, you couldn’t curve text in Cricut Design Space, making labels like this really tricky and tedious to make. But now using this handy feature in conjunction with my perfectly-fitting Closet Divider Label SVG, it’s easier than ever to make your very own dividers for pretty much any closet!

If you could really use a quick and handy way to create more order in your closets, I hope you give this project a try!

See You Soon!