Keeping my craft room organized has always felt like a never ending process, but I finally found a system that works! What I realized is that as long as something has a designated space, I’m more likely to actually put things away. It’s when I don’t know where they go that the clutter starts to build. So I organized the storage area my newly finished Ikea Hack Desk with these DIY craft room labels!
DIY labels are a complete game changer; my space hasn’t been messy since. Well at least as messy as it was before I started. Here’s how I did it:
You can watch the full process video for how I made my craft room organization labels over on my YouTube Channel!
I made 36 craft room label SVG files that you can download from my Etsy shop! These are my first labels in what I hope is a series of affordable downloads that I’ll make this year.
Of course you can make your own craft labels with your preferred font if you want. You will just need to make your design an SVG file, or work in your machine’s design space, for your cutting machine to make this project in the same way.
A craft project that helps your craft supplies stay organized?! What’s not to love about that?
1. Import your SVG files to your preferred design space and resize.
For my storage boxes, I resized them all to to 1.35″ tall. For the labels where the text is on two lines, I doubled the height.The width will vary based on the length of the word, but keeping the height the same will help them look uniform.
2. Cut the text out with your machine then weed away any unwanted vinyl. You’ll want to remove the boarder and the letters so the box shows through. The vinyl left on your paper will be the same vinyl that you’ll place on your container.
3. Apply a piece of transfer tape on top of the vinyl, keeping the guidelines even. It helps to line the transfer paper line up with the base of the text. Remove vinyl text from paper.
4. Place your transfer paper with the text on the front of your container. Take your time to get the text centered. Peel and stick in place.
4. Smooth out any air bubbles to secure the label in place.
To finish off the project, add the craft supplies to their designated boxes. Be sure to donate or get rid of any old supplies. I know it’s easier said that done, but you really don’t need to hold on to the 30 scraps of cardboard I’m sure you found in this process (speaking as someone who found a lot of scraps mixed in with my tools).
A helpful tip I can give you about storing your paint is to keep the tubes upside down! Not only will it’ll make it easier to see what color the paint is, but it will help the paint pour faster. Other items, like yarn, can also be stored in rainbow order.
I used a variety of colors to achieve a bright look for my crafting space, but you can use any vinyl color you’d like with the downloads. Whatever color of vinyl you use, that will be the color of your labels. If you use all of the same color, just format the labels to be cut on one large sheet instead of having to cut the vinyl size every time.
If you want to achieve a similar look, but don’t have a cutting machine, consider using stickers and a level. You could also print out your labels and secure the paper with a small, decorative paper clip in the front. Basically any printable label to help designate the box for the specific craft will work similarly!
I’ve had these boxes in place now for a few weeks and they’ve already transformed the way that I craft. I can immediately find what I need and cleaning up isn’t as much of a chore. I know it’s a simple project, but it really does change how I organize my space. And I hope that it helps you too, especially if you don’t have a system in place!
I’d love to know– how do you organize all of your craft supplies? Do you use labels to organize? Are these DIY craft room labels helpful, or do you have another system?
I’ll be designing more labels and downloads in the future, so let me know what would be helpful for you. I’m also happy to add any craft supplies I might have missed from the download list, so leave me a comment if you have any special requests.