How To Make Wipe-Off Labels for Organizing Your Stuff

Free Printable labels that you can wipe off and reuse

When paging through the  Ballard Designs catalog a few years ago I came across little enameled re-writable name plaques.  They were white and outlined in black.   They were Oh, so French, and Oh, so expensive! I thought of so many uses for them, but knew I couldn’t afford them.  Not wanting to feel deprived of adding this stylish detail to my things, I created a less expensive, practically free alternative using paper and self-laminating sheets. These wipe-off labels will make it easy to find everything.  The hardest part will be gathering all of your “stuff ” to put into your new labeled boxes.

If you want to be able to wipe the writing off the label, use dry erase markers, otherwise use permanent markers.  I have included a pdf. document of my designs for you to print out.  You can easily resize them by taking them to a copy machine that enlarges and/or reduces.


Label Pattern (download link below)
Card stock
Laminating Sheets- any kind with or without a laminator
Brass Fasteners
Dry Erase Marker or Permanent Marker

1.  Print  pattern on card stock on your  printer.

2.  Cut each label out.

3.  Following manufacturers directions, laminate each label.

4.  Trim excess, but leave a small border of lamination.

5.  Punch 2 holes on either side of label, then attach with brass fasteners. You can find brass fasteners at your local office supply store.   You first have to make two holes in the item that will line up with the two holes in the label.  This is where the brass fasteners will go through.  You secure it by spreading the two ends of the brass fastener to either side on the back of the item.

6.  Write on label.

Free printable wipe-off labels to download
You can print out onto clear acetate sheets, paper, or card stock. You can re-size on a copy machine , if necessary.

Click the links below to download the pdf. files. you need Adobe reader to download these.

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Free printable labels for organizing your stuff
Attach to presentation folders

Gift tag ideas

Use a cookie cutter to cut out a flower pattern to use as a gift tag.


  1. says

    I am going to make these. They look great. Thanks for sharing them at We’re Organized Wednesday. I hope to see you again at the next party. You’re entered in the giveaway too.

  2. tracy says

    Love, love this idea! Especially that I can erase and re-rewrite them as needed. Out of curiosity, how did you adhere them to surfaces? Did the fasteners make the labels bulge from surface?

    • says

      Hi Tracy-

      I mark on the label where the fasteners are going to go and then make two holes in what the label is going to go o . The fastener then goes through the label and then through the holes in box, basket, or folder and the tips of the fastener are spread out on the inside. It doesn’t really add bulge. On file folders – maybe a little, but you can buy very small fasteners when adding labels to folders. I hope this helps.

  3. Vickie says

    Help! I’m desperate to find a good way to organize my 8,000 family photo collection (I’ve scanned them all with a Pandigital scanner, and uploaded them onto my computer), however….about 350 files will NOT open, copy (for backup as well as to put on jump drives for my 6 children), move to my desktop, or even delete (some of them are empty, and I do NOT want to delete any that have pics in them). The reason these 350 files are NOT cooperating, is because the little pop up box says the titles/paths are too long. (Again, they won’t let me RENAME them!!)

    Do YOU happen to have ANY ideas about what I might do to either fix the problem, OR to put them into a SIMPLE program that will allow me to work with ALL of pics?

    I had hoped to have this project finished for Christmas last week! I’ve been working on it steadily since last JUNE!!!

    I’ll cross my fingers that YOU may have some expertise (or know someone who does) in this area. (The collection contains pics going all the way back to MY & my husband’s GREAT grandparents…as well as our childhoods, AND our children’s newborn, childhood, weddings and THEIR children’s pics!!)

    Thanks sooo MUCH in advance for your help!

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