How to Make Cricut Labels with the Maker

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One of the first things I did when I got my Cricut was to go on a labeling frenzy! The pantry, toiletries, storage jars, closets… after learning how to make Cricut labels they’ve all reached a new level of organization and it looks awesome as well! I wanted to share my step by step guide on how to make vinyl Cricut labels which you can use to make your own Cricut labels!

The Project: Cricut Labels for Ikea Trofast Toy Storage Boxes

I recently set to work on redesigning the playroom and decided to make Cricut labels for the toy storage boxes. Cricut Labels work really well for toy organization: my kids love having a fixed place for their various toys, it helps us manage toy rotation and the Cricut labels are a really cute addition to the overall design of the playroom.

How to Make Cricut Labels
Cricut labels in the playroom

Here’s my step to step guide detailing how to make vinyl Cricut Labels. You can follow the same process to make labels for a range of items such as storage jars, craft supplies and toiletries.

Step 1: Cricut Labels Essentials

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My Cricut corner

Step 2: Take some measurements!

The first thing you need to do is measure the item you want to label.

Cricut Labels tip: Remember, you only want to allow for the actual space where the text will be placed – I find that visualizing how I want the Cricut label to look helps me to define where I need to measure.

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Checking my label measurements

Step 3: Choose a font

Next, you will need to choose a font. I usually start this process by deciding if I want a cursive or non cursive font for the project at hand.

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Cricut labels using Grobold font

Cursive or Non-Cursive Font

Cursive fonts: cursive fonts have a handwritten appearance and the letters are arranged so they are all touching. I love the aesthetic of a cursive font although they can be a little more time-consuming to weed as you’ll find lots of little loops!

Non-Cursive Fonts: non-cursive fonts are cut as single letters. They can be easier to read and can give a ‘cleaner’ look depending on the aesthetic you are going for.

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I used Kid Candy and Autumn in November for this mix of cursive and non cursive labels

I have a few favorite fonts I go to time and time again when I want to make Cricut Labels. You’ll likely find your own favorite fonts but, if you need some inspiration, mine are:

  • Autumn in November (cursive)
Autumn in November
  • Kid Candy (non cursive)
Kid Candy
  • Grobold (non cursive)
Grobold

Cricut Labels tip: I download most of my fonts from DaFont. Remember to check the usage rules on each individual font – many are free for personal use but require the purchase of a commercial license for commercial use.

Step 4: Design your Cricut Labels in Design Space

Start a new project in Design Space and save it with a relevant name. I, rather imaginatively, called mine ‘Trofast Cricut Labels’ as my Cricut labels are for the Ikea Trofast Toy Storage system we use in the kids’ playroom!

Now for the label design:

Click on the text icon and select your font: Click on text icon to start typing and then click on the Font menu and search for the font you want to use. Any fonts you have downloaded will be stored under ‘System Fonts’.

Font Selection

Position the letters: Design Space automatically groups the letters of the word typed in a text box. If you want to move the letters closer together you can reduce the letter space or, if you want to reposition the letters then you will need to ungroup and drag and drop each letter you want to move individually. Remember to group again if you want to make edits, move around the entire word or have the word cut as a single world rather than individual letters.

Adjusting the letter positioning

Font Size: you need to decide on a font size for your project. For these Cricut labels, I opted to cut everything in the same font size. To do this, type in the longest single word or phrase that you want to apply on a single line when you are labeling your item – for my toy storage labels I settled on Construction as the longest word I wanted to apply on a single line. Resize the word so that it fits within your project measurements and use the font size from this word as the font size for all the text.

Cricut Labels tip: I measured my maximum label size at 15cm x 4cm so I set my ‘Construction’ label at 15cm – this resulted in a font size of 58 which I used as the font size on all the other labels.

Setting my font size

Attach: when you send a design to cut on your Cricut machine the components of the design are reordered so that the minimum amount of material is required. You’ll see it happen when you click the ‘Make it’ button and your design appears jumbled up on the mat preview. This often gives Cricut users a fright when cutting their first project! To avoid this, you will need to highlight the entire design and click ‘Attach’ – this holds the cut in the same position that you have set on Design Space.

Ungrouped and unattached: the letters are placed to minimize the vinyl required
Grouped and attached: the text remains as you have placed

Weld (cursive text): If you are using a cursive text you will need to highlight each word and weld – this creates a single word and removes any overlapping cut lines – only the exterior cut line will remain. Make sure the letters are touching/overlapping and that you have made all your edits prior to hitting ‘Weld’.

Welding my cursive labels

For this project, it’s fine to group but skip the attach instruction unless you prefer to have your labels cut in the same position you set in Design Space.

Ready to cut!

Cutting your Cricut Labels

Make it: If you are happy with your design, hit the ‘Make it’ button in Design space. You can set your vinyl size and see a preview of the cut. If everything looks good then continue.

Choose the material: Both permanent and removable vinyl work for this project. I used removable vinyl as I like to switch up the toys in the playroom and I can easily remove and replace the removable vinyl labels.

Cricut Labels tip: a LightGrip (blue) mat is recommended for vinyl. I tend to cut vinyl on a blue mat if I am starting a new blue mat. Otherwise, I pick a StandardGrip (green) mat.

Selecting the material to cut on

How to choose between permanent and removable Vinyl

Removable vinyl: removable vinyl will hold fast to the surface and it can be easily peeled away without leaving a residue.

Permanent vinyl: the adhesive is much stronger in permanent vinyl and it cannot be peeled away as easily. It leaves a residue when removed.

Load tools and material: use your portable trimmer or scissors to cut off a piece of vinyl to fit your project (you can check the length of the vinyl on your Design Space ruler – mine was 20cm in the above example) and place it on a StandardGrip (green colored) mat. Load this into your Cricut ready to cut and check that your blade matches the blade listed in Design Space.

Hit the load/unload button: hit the up/down arrow on your Cricut Maker and then press the Cricut Go button which will be flashing. You can also hit go from Design Space.

Once the cut is finished, hit the up/down arrow on your Cricut and remove the mat.

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Cutting my labels

Step 5: Applying your Cricut Labels

After peeling your vinyl from the mat it’s time to prepare the labels for application.

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Peeling the vinyl

Weeding: the first step is to weed your text. Use your Cricut weeding tool to remove all the filler vinyl making sure to keep each letter/word in tact.

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Dave helping out with the weeding

Apply transfer tape: transfer tape is a sticky tape used to transfer and apply the labels. Start by cutting a piece of transfer tape which is big enough to cover the text fully and place it over the text. Rub the scraper tool over the text and slowly peel the transfer tape from the backing paper.

Cricut Labels tip: I rub the scraper tool over the transfer tape a few times to ensure it adheres – focus on applying pressure to the text with the scraper to make it work best.

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Transfer Tape

Apply the labels: place the tape in the desired position on your item to be labelled. I do some checks to ensure it is in the correct position: the checks are dependent on how you want to position your label but they might include:

  • horizontal base line is straight/parallel to base of item being labelled. You might need to use a ruler for this one.
  • label is in center of item both horizontally and vertically
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Applying the label

After applying the transfer tape, rub your scraper back and forth over the text to help it adhere to the item being labeled.

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Making sure the letters are stuck down fully

Finally, peel the transfer tape away to leave the label text on your item.

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Removing the transfer tape

Repeat the process until all the items are labelled and then sit back and admire your work!

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My Cricut labels in the playroom!

Printable Step by Step Guide: How to Make Cricut Labels

How to Make Cricut Labels

How to make labels on the Cricut Maker

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

A step by step guide to making vinyl labels with the Cricut Maker

Materials

  • Vinyl: choose either Permanent or Removable Vinyl depending on how long you want the labels to remain in place.
  • Storage boxes/jars

Tools

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Tools: weeder and scraper

Instructions

  1. Measure the label size on the item you want to label. I like when my labels are all the one size so either choose one font size that fits or one height/width to size all the labels to. How to Make Cricut Labels
  2. Design your labels in Design Space: I used Autumn in November, Kid Candy and Grobold in this project.
  3. Hit the 'Make It' button in Design Space and preview your label
  4. Hit 'Continue' if you are happy with the preview and load the recommended mat with the vinyl placed on top: a green mat or a new blue mat will both work for this project.
  5. Make sure you have the correct tool in the Maker: this project uses a Fine Point Blade.
  6. Hit the up/down arrow on your Cricut Maker and then press the flashing Cricut Go button to start cutting your vinyl How to Make Cricut Labels
  7. Remove your mat and peel off the majority of the vinyl before weeding any extra bits.How to Make Cricut Labels
  8. Apply transfer tape to the text and apply to the item you want to label.How to Make Cricut Labels
  9. Remove the vinyl and your work is done!How to Make Cricut Labels

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