I promised I would post about the new free printable labels for organizing that I used in my clothes closet. I made them the way I make all the labels I use to help me organize the stuff around my house.
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 storage boxes, baskets, and bins, I created a less expensive, practically free version using card stock and self-laminating sheets. These wipe-off labels make it easy to keep everything organized around your home. The hardest part will be gathering all of your “stuff ” to put into your new labeled containers.
How to Make Label Plaques
- I make a design using Photoshop Elements, save it as a .pdf and then print and cut the labels out on card stock. If you don’t have a photo editing program, simply download the ones I have made available in my Free Printable Label Gallery.
- To make the labels resemble chic enamel tags, I add a layer of shiny protection using clear laminating sheets (no laminating machine necessary) over the labels so they are easy to wipe clean and will last for a long time.
- I punch a hole in each side of the label with a hole puncher and attach the labels to storage boxes, bins, baskets and more with brass fasteners that you can buy where office supplies are sold. I use big fasteners for larger labels and tiny ones for smaller labels.
When I went hunting through my blog to find the labels I wanted to use, I realized they are not easy to find and I even know what posts they are in!
To make the search easier for you, I have created a page just for “free printable labels” for easy access and downloading.
- You can find it here, but I also added a link in my navigation bar under my blog header.
Here is a picture of the decorative labels I made for my clothes closet. I bought the pink boxes at IKEA.
While I was in Photoshop Elements, I added the item names to each label using the font Ever After but you can use markers over the lamination using your own handwriting. I have many blank labels with which I do just that.
- If you know your way around Photoshop Elements or any photo editing software program, open up the downloaded label .pdf file in the program and use your favorite fonts to personalize each label, then print out the labels and seal with the laminating sheets.
Once the labels are made and laminated I attach them to boxes, baskets, and containers of all sorts.
How to Attach a Label to a Box
To find out how to laminate the labels, check out the Free Printable Label Gallery.
- label – printed, sealed and cut out.
- brass fasteners
- awl or pointy object to make two small holes in box
2. Push the ends of a brass fastener through label and hole in box.
3. Spread tips of brass fastener open on inside of box to secure. You can use clear tape over the spread-out tips to keep them secure.
Download link for free printable labels for organizing:
For more free printable labels and how to laminate them check out my new Free Printable Label Gallery
The gallery page looks like the image below.
Be warned…once you start adding pretty labels to a few items around your home you may not be able to stop. :-)