Learn how to make labels using a Cricut Machine with a step by step photo tutorial!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
For organizing projects, parties, school assignments and more, having a Cricut machine has turned so so things into amazing ideas! Once you get going, it’s really hard to stop from creating all the things. You can’t really go wrong using any Cricut cutter, but if you’re unsure of which machine you should get, check out my Cricut Maker vs. Explore Air comparison.
Supplies you need
Something like this is the *perfect* beginner project with your Cricut machine. Lots of people only use their cutter for projects like this. There are so many things it can do, but if you’d like to keep to something like this, go for it!
To make this project, here’s what you need:
- Cricut Machine – I am LOVING my new Cricut Maker
- Cricut mat
- Gum container
- Optional – Cricut tools
- Cricut Design Space to create your own file or download the SVG below!
Note: I used a Wrigley gum pack but that’s not necessary. There are lots of options out there for gum containers similar to this one. It just needs to be a hard case and use the right dimensions for the label.
If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you’ve seen me talk about vinyl for awhile. I’ve warned several times not to get the knock off stuff. It doesn’t weed well, doesn’t stick great and hard to transfer. Go for the good stuff – grab some Cricut Vinyl.
CREATE THE DESIGN
Follow my tutorial for Cricut Design Space to create any kind of label or design you want. I have included the SVG file for this design but play around on Design Space to get more comfortable with it. Once you’ve cut out the design you need to weed it.
WEED THE DESIGN
What does weeding vinyl mean? Simply put, it means it remove the excess material that you don’t want or need. In the first part of weeding, you will remove the top layer of vinyl, leaving the letters that you want to place on the container.
For the second part of weeding, use a weeder tool to remove the middle parts of letters. After you have taken all of the middle parts of the letters away, you will be left with the design you want to transfer.
In my example, I left the middle of the script “g” on there. Don’t do that! Make sure to take out all of the parts that you don’t want on your design.
ADD TRANSFER TAPE
Next you will add transfer tape over the top of the design and press down. There are all kinds of transfer tapes but I prefer the kind with a grid on it so it makes it easy to line things up. I’m more of a “eye baller” than a measurer and having grid lines definitely helps with that.
Use the scraper to “burnish” the vinyl. Burnish means to rub it down and smooth it over. If you don’t burnish, the design will not stick to the transfer tape and then will not transfer to whatever you are applying it to. Apply pressure and really rub it on to make sure that it transfers well. My scraper is one my most used tools when it comes to using vinyl.
TRANSFER THE DESIGN
Next, carefully pull the transfer tape up, making sure that all letters are on the transfer tape and not left behind. Sometimes it takes a few times of rubbing with the scraper to make sure of this.
After removing gum from the container (yes it will smell minty fresh!), apply the design to the middle of it, using the grid from the transfer tape as a guideline. Use your scraper to burnish the design onto the container.
REMOVE TRANSFER TAPE
Carefully remove the transfer tape from the top of the design, making sure that the letters remain on the gum container.
I saw this idea on Instagram to use the gum container as a gift card holder and decided to label it to make it even cuter. It easily slips into my purse and I’ve been using the gift cards instead of forgetting about them, or them getting lost in my wallet like before.
Not only is this a good idea for you, but would make a great gift idea for the teachers in your life. The one thing they get a lot of (besides anything apple related) is gift cards! Stick a gift card in the container and a note of appreciation for the end of the school year. Teachers will go nuts for this!
While I have used my Cricut Machine for all kinds of projects, these are the other labels I have made using my machine:
Kay S says
I am trying to get the Gift Cards SVG file downloaded, but after signing up for your newletter and clicking on the Confirm Your Subcription tab, I just get a new page with the image of the SVG. What do I do with that? Any advise is appreciated.
Hi Kay- you can right click and save, then import into Design Space.
Andra Clay says
Thanks for all the tips
My first project will be labeling the new bins that I used to organize my master closet.
Michelle J. says
That’s a cute idea! I would make a sign for my house first.
Penni Snyder says
Awesome idea. Very excited to get one & make these items & more.
Ken Hall says
Summer car organizer
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs from northern Spain,
P. S. A link to my town
Super fun ideas…always ❤️!
Have been following you for years and just LOVE all the ideas and helpful tips. Even my girls LOVE your ideas and things I make for them.
So many ideas …so little time! Would like try labeling the pantry
Deanna Jolly Frazee says
Looks like a great tool. Would love to win one.
Such a great giveaway. I love to see everything you have created.
My first project will be labeling everything!
Nicole C says
I’d make labels for the bins in my pantry!
Janice P says
Babe, I got this! ?
Anne Marie says
Can you ever really talk about sheets too much?
Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway. I love all your life life hack tips and the amazing race party looked..well. amazing..even the thank you cards.
Thanks for the tips & inspiration. Can’t wait to start on my Cricut journey!
Love this idea and looking forward to seeing more from you!
Loved the details of your amazing race party. The boys looked like they had a blast!
Kim Tanner says
Oh I love your kitchen labels, so that would be my first project if I won.
I love the fonts you use!
Sure love your fun ideas! I especially like your organization tips and labeling. Makes my heart so happy to see bins with labels. Aww!!!! Love watching your stories. Now you’ve got me thinking about sheets, since I need new ones (haha) but I love your organization tips the best.
Carla Figueiredo says
looking forward to trying some unique crafting . along with customizing items purchased for pennies to put smile on many peoples faces with customized giftss
Tracie M says
The Amazing Race party is an awesome idea! I have a soon to be 13 year old boy – can’t wait to see how you pull it all off. Love the updates on IG stories.
So fun! I love following you and all your awesome tips! I have had my eye on one of these forever. Thanks for doing such an awesome giveaway!
My first project will be done organization containers for my craft room/office. So excited!!!!
Kristie Dittbrenner says
I want this to help me organize my new house! Also to do fun party stuff- I love little details too!
Terri Becker says
Thanks for the idea. Iam new at this but willing to learn.
I love this gift card box idea. The party is going to be great…I can’t believe some people on the story poll said the boys won’t like it. They’re wrong! ?
Your Amazing race party details on IG stories is awesome! I’m all about the details too and sometimes my brain doesn’t know when enough is enough ? Good luck with the party l know it will be fantastic!
Love your posts about Cricut. Great ideas! I also love watching your organization skills on your stories lately. Inspiring me to get organized as well. Just need to make some labels with a cricut!
This is so awesome! Thank you so much for giving one of your followers the chance to win. :)
My first project would be the car containers you made!
Love your Amazing Race bandanas you made! They looked super easy to make!
I loved your stories about organizing your laundry room. Especially the random items…oats and a glove? ? you should see mine, it’s in the hall next to my boys room. Everything they don’t want in their room ends up on the shelves (including really old cereal bowls?) should I label their bowls? Haha.
Wow! Such an amazing way to use cricut machine. Will definitely give it a try.
Thanks for sharing on Instastories!?
Margarita DeLeon says
I saw you on stories talk about how Insta is messing up your stories while you’re on a roll. Pick me please ?
This is fun! I used to have a machine…until my daughter “borrowed” it?
I enjoy following your Instagram stories! You have great ideas!
Can you come label my house for me? Starting with my bathroom cabinet… just like you did at your house.
Ha ha Kerry! Only if you come and organize my house. ;)
Loving all of the amazing race stuff in your stories!
Fingers crossed and prayers said!
Good luck Rachelle!
Dawn MH says
Also, I saw this on your stories on Instagram!!! And was laughing when you growled at them because Instagram keeps messing up stories lol!!!
Thanks Dawn! ;) IG has been really glitchy lately. Frustrating!
Dawn MH says
How do we enter the giveaway? I don’t see anything listed for it.
Hi Dawn – it might take a second to load (since it’s a widget) or if you’re looking from your phone, you might want to look from a desktop/laptop. It’s on here at the bottom!
Callie Branch says
So fun! I’ve been curious about how the press works! How awesome it would be to win this!
Nicole Radke says
Did you purposely do a blank spot and a snooze imoji on your instastories? Love your party idea!
You must not have your emojis updated. ;) The first one was a happy face with a party hat!
Amy Larson says
We’re getting our kitchen remodeled right now so I’ll be labeling bins for the under counter cabinets right away!
Yay! So exciting!
Ellen Brinda says
Love the amazing race idea and bandanas you are making. Keep the stories coming!!
Thank you Ellen!!