Getting Organized in the New Year With Your Cricut Using Label SVGs

Getting Organized in the New Year With Your Cricut Using Label SVGs

If you feel like your house or craft space needs organizing, stick around because I’m going to show you how to use label SVGs with your Cricut to get started. Every January, we make resolutions, and getting organized is often one of them, but that task can be so daunting. Starting slowly and learning how to make labels with Cricut can help.

From picking out the best fonts for pantry labels to prepping our designs in Cricut, I’ll walk you through the steps to get you started. I don’t know about you, but my entire house could stand for some cleanup and organization! For now, we’re going to focus on just a few rooms: the kitchen and craft rooms. I’ve created labels in Cricut for both the kitchen and to label my drawers and bins in my craft room, so you’ll see a mix of photos of both processes. Since essentially we’re making decals, the process is the same. I hope that this gives you some craft organization ideas and inspiration to rearrange and set up your pantry!

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What You’ll Need To Make Labels With Your Cricut

Using your Cricut with label SVGs is easy and doesn’t require many tools or products. In fact, the hardest part might be deciding what are the best fonts for pantry labels or bin labels!

For this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through the steps of setting up your labels in Cricut Design Space, cutting, weeding, and applying. Plus, I’ll share some of my tips and tricks for picking fonts, adjusting sizes, and getting tricky vinyl to adhere!

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How To Make Labels With Cricut

Let’s get down to it! It helps keep things organized if you have already sorted and stored your supplies or other items before moving on to this stage. Of course, you can choose to label your items now and rearrange them later, too, if you prefer.

Step 1. Picking Out a Font and Other Design Elements

Before setting up our design in Design Space, we have to select a font. Since I’m working on two different areas of my house, I picked two different fonts, Corner Market and Georgia Peach. If you’re working with new fonts, make sure you download and install those on your computer before continuing. If you need help installing new fonts on your Windows or Mac computer, this tutorial from Design School can help walk you through the steps.

Top Tip: Choose a font that isn’t too thin, so the process of weeding and applying your vinyl is easier. If you love a thin font but it doesn’t want to cooperate when applying, you can do an offset to thicken it up. What do you know; we have a tutorial for that too!

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Step 2. Set Up Your Design in Cricut Design Space

Start by measuring the height and width of the area where you’ll be placing your label.

Top Tip: If you’re working with multiple-sized surfaces, it’s best to keep a list of your measurements so you can refer back to it.

Upload your label SVG into Design Space and ungroup if needed. If you have a label with holes in them that you want to remove, you can use the contour function to do that. One alternative to a frame or similar shape is a laurel or botanical element. I found a pretty bundle in the Plus Products that would work great, especially for pantry labels.

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I want to make the shape I’m working with a frame, so I duplicated the label, centered them on top of one another, and did an offset of 0.25 inches and rounded corners. Then I used the slice function to break the image up into pieces so I could remove what I didn’t want. Now I have a frame shape!

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Once I have my shape, I can resize it to fit my glass container. This is where having your measurements ready to go comes in handy. Be sure to leave room on all sides so your label fits within the space!

Time for adding text! Using the text function, type out and arrange the words you want to use, and then resize it to fit within your label shape. You’ll want to leave room on all sides again for this step so nothing is squished against the frame.

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Group all your labels and accompanying text; make sure to weld and then attach them together.

Step 3. Making the Cut With Your Cricut

Prep your mat with your vinyl, insert it into the Cricut machine, and follow the steps to load your mat and choose your material. I found that since I was working with Cricut vinyl, the Premium Vinyl option gave me the best cut results with a default force setting.

Step 4. Prep Your Vinyl for Application 

After your designs are done cutting, unload your mat and start wedding your designs. I like using a pair of fine-point tweezers for weeding, but there are many options out there like hooks, pin/pens, and more.

Cut away any excess backing, and then cut your transfer tape to fit.

Use your squeegee to burnish the transfer tape onto your vinyl, and rub it well. If you don’t have a squeegee, any hard surface like a credit card or gift card will work.

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Step 5. Applying Your Label SVG Designs 

Prep your surface by first wiping it down with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. Let it dry before applying your vinyl; otherwise, it won’t adhere.

Burnish the vinyl against the surface firmly and begin lifting the transfer tape.

Top Tip: Pull the tape at an angle and if the vinyl starts to lift, lay the tape back down and keep burnishing until it adheres. If it still fights you, you can use a hairdryer or heat gun to help it along. Just be sure to avoid burning your fingers!

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Wash, rinse, and repeat! Now you know how to make labels with Cricut or just about any die-cutting machine like Silhouette or Brother! Labels or decals are perfect for adding a personalized touch to just about anything, from bins and jars like you saw in this tutorial to creating gift tag labels for the holidays.

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While I still have more work to do and more labels to create, I have a great start to organizing my craft room, and my new labels will help me find all my supplies. Plus, my kitchen is off to a great start as well. Take a look and see if it gives you some craft room organization ideas!

Happy crafting and organization, creative friends!

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