{diy with style} How to Create a Custom Door Label with Cricut

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A year after completing the makeover of our master bathroom, the barn door on our closet remains one of my favorite details of the space! Based on your comments, it seems to be one of your favorite features as well. Over time, a lot of you have asked me how we added the "Dressing Room" label to the barn door, so today I wanted to share the easy DIY tutorial.


I created this custom door label using my Cricut electronic cutter, which is one of the most versatile and fun tools I own for decor, organizing, and crafting! Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post, and thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. As always all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

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Cricut Explore Air (electronic cutter)

HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOM DOOR LABEL

My Cricut cutting machine can do so may things, but from the very beginning {way, way back when I got the original Cricut as Christmas gift more than a decade ago}, I've used it to cut words and labels more than anything else. It's the organizer in me. With my original machine, I was limited to cutting fonts available on Cricut cartridges, and I'm kind of cheap, so I only purchased a few and just made those work for every project. But not anymore!

When I got my new Cricut Explore Air, the thing I was most excited about was that I no longer have to use font cartridges! Instead, the Cricut Design Space software allows me to use any font installed on my computer. Of course, that's the just the tip of the iceberg, as I've shown you recently, I can also create my own custom design projects now as well ... but the organizing nerd in me still gets really excited about choosing my own fonts and adding borders to create any kind of label I want. 

Below, I'll walk you through the simple process of designing a custom door label using Cricut Design Space software and my Cricut Explore Air

Start by opening the Cricut Design Space software, and creating a new project. 

CREATE THE BORDER FIRST

Since I knew the total size that I wanted the label to be {based on the width and height of the glass panels on my closet door}, I decided to start with the border first, and then add text inside to fit. 

Click "Insert Shape" and choose Square.


To change it from a square to a rectangle, click the "lock" icon in the bottom left corner, which unlocks the proportions.


Since I knew exactly the size I wanted, I used the Edit tab on the far right of the screen to set the exact dimensions.


I then followed the steps above to create a second rectangle which I made 1/4" smaller in eahc direction.


I then changed the color of the second rectangle to white, to make the two easy to tell apart.


I dragged the smaller, white rectangle on top of the original, larger black rectangle.


I selected "Center" from the "Align" menu.


This perfectly centered the white rectangle on top of the black, creating an even border all the way around.


Next, I clicked on the "Slice" tool on the Layers tab.


This had the effect of separating the black board showing around the white rectangle from the remainder of the black rectangle, allowing me to drag them apart.


I used the red X in the top left corner to delete the center of the black rectangle, leaving just the border that I wanted.


ADD THE TEXT

Now I was ready to add the text inside the border. I began by clicking "Add Text" on the left menu bar, and then typed in "Dressing Room."


I wanted to use a different font than the default on, so I click on the "Edit" tab on the far right side of the screen, and then clicked on the Font drop down menu. I scrolled down and tried out a few fonts until I found one that I liked.


Once I'd picked a font, I adjusted the size several times until I liked the way the text fit inside the border.


I then used the "Align > Center" tool once again to center the text perfectly inside of the border.


Now I was ready to cut this custom door label. I clicked on the "GO" button in the Cricut Design Space software, connected by computer to my Circut Explore Air, and cut the label from black vinyl.

This was my first time cutting text with a border around it, and I was surprised how easy it was to quickly design it as one cut file with everything perfectly aligned! By cutting and applying the text and border as one piece, I didn't have to worry about getting things lined up properly when I placed them on the door.

HOW TO APPLY A CUSTOM DOOR LABEL

All that was left was to put the label on our closet door. After weeding away all of the black vinyl around the letters and border, I applied a piece of clear transfer tape over the label. I used a piece of painter's tape to loosely hold the label in place while I measured to center the label within one of the frosted glass door panels.


Once I had the positioning about right, I began peeling the transfer tape and label away from the backing.


I tore away about 1/3 of the backing, being careful that the transfer tape didn't yet stick to the door.


Holding the transfer tape away from the glass, I used a level to ensure that the border was still perfectly straight.


I then placed the left end of the label against the glass, and used a scraper tool to burnish (rub) that portion of the label onto the glass.


I then removed the painter's tape and carefully began removed the remainder of the backing.


I continued using the scraper tool to smooth the rest of the label down moving from the center to the left side, removing the backing little by little.


Once the entire backing was removed, I went back over the entire label again, pressing it down firmly to ensure that none of the letters would peel off when I removed the clear transfer tape.


I began slowly removing the transfer tape. If the border or letters begin peeling up when you start to remove the tape, stop and burnish again with your scraper tool before continuing.


Continue peeling away the transfer tape, pulling at a 45 degree angle.


Once the transfer tape was all removed, I had a few small bubbles in the vinyl on the letter R.


After smoothing out as many bubbles as I could using the vinyl applicator tool, I then used a thin needle to poke a tiny hole in the remaining bubbles to release the air underneath, and again smoothed down the vinyl.


I am thrilled with the way it turned out, and it still looks perfect a year later! 

How to Create a Custom Door Label

I think "Dressing Room" is such a fun label for our closet, but I think it would just as fun to create a "Laundry" or a "Pantry" label for other doors around the house!

Dressing Room Closet Door Label

This closet door label was really the final detail that made the new barn door a major feature in the overall master bathroom design!

Dressing Room Closet Door Label

If you'd like to see rest of the photos of this bathroom makeover and learn how we inset the TV to allow the barn door to open in front of it, be sure to check out the full GRAPHIC GLAM BATHROOM REVEAL.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. As always, all opinions are my own.



6 comments :

  1. That looks great. Man, is there anything that cricut can't do?

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  2. I want one door label to my bedroom

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  3. Wow, it turned out great! I can't wait to try!

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  4. I love this! Cricut projects are so much fun!

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  5. Looks great! Cricut looks like a perfect tool for lettering effect.

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