{five minute friday} An Easy Way to Create Durable & Pretty Basket Labels

Did you guys have a chance to check out our newly organized coat closet? I'm still grinning from ear to ear about how it turned out, and as usual, I added a few different types of DIY labels to help keep it organized. Labeling is so important because it allows every person in the family to know where to find things, and makes it much easier to put things back in the right place. 

But labels are no good if they can't hold up to some wear and tear, and simple paper labels are not up to that challenge. That's why I've come up with a favorite way to create durable labels that I use time and again in my organizing projects! They only take a few minutes to make, but they can stand the test of time. I used this method on the labels in my pantry, and after two years of daily use, they still look as good as new.

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Cardstock Weight Paper
Small Paint Brush
Hole Punch and a basic Eyelet Setter Tool {or a Crop-a-Dile, which does both}
Baker's Twine or other pretty ribbon or string

I began by typing out the words I wanted for my labels in a pretty font, and printed them onto card stock weight paper. I then laid the paper on top of a piece of medium weight chipboard. Once I determined that I could fit all four of my labels on one piece of chipboard, I got out my Mod Podge and paint brush to glue them on.

I turned the labels over and covered the back of the paper in a coat of Mod Podge to act as glue.

I then pressed the labels on the chip board, smoothing the paper down to get rid of any bumps or ripples.

I then let the Mod Podge dry so that the labels were firmly affixed to the chipboard.


I used the Mod Podge and paintbrush again, this time liberally covering the top of the labels.


Once the protective coating of Mod Podge was dry, I cut the labels apart, and trimmed them to size.

*The next two steps require a hole punch and an eyelet setter. I have a fun tool called a Crop-a-Dile that is used for both punching holes and setting eyelets, but you can also use a regular hole punch, and an inexpensive eyelet setter tool. In the photo below, the Crop-a-Dile is the tool with the pink handles, and my basic eyelet setter tool is in the bottom left corner.

Step 4:

Next, use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top corner of each label. 


Inserted an eyelet into each hole, and use your preferred tool to set the eyelet in place.

When properly set, the back of the eyelet will look like the photo below.


Your labels are now complete and ready to be attached to your baskets or bins. For my coat closet, I used bakers twine and tied the labels to the handles on the sides of my teal bins.

I used the same label method for our pantry, and they've held up great for more than two years despite daily use!

If you are looking to create easy labels that can be more quickly updated for frequently changing contents, check out two additional methods in my pantry label post!

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1 comment :

  1. This is BRILLIANT. And why don't I own one of those magical Crop-a-Diles???