Pantry Labels

My big challenge for the new year was making sense of the chaos that had become my kitchen pantry.  Thankfully, that project is complete!  (You can read more about the pantry project here and here.)

Here is the pantry with it’s new look.

The final touch to the reorganization were these labels.  I had planned on doing something on my computer.  Nothing fancy….just a fun font with the word “Flour” or “Sugar” typed out the paper.  White background. Rather boring. But while searching for pantry organization inspiriation on Pinterest, I came across some free labels to download via sissyprint.blogspot.com.

via sissyprint.blogspot.com

I absolutely loved what sissyprint had to offer.  It just didn’t provide the exact labels I needed.  But after a little bit of work, I was able to come up with these!

The pantry labels were available in several different color options.  I chose gray (though I think it almost looks a bit brown, which I love!).  Page two of the download had two blank labels at the bottom.  After I downloaded page two, I took a screen shot of the blank labels. (On a mac, you hit the control – or apple – key, the shift key and the number four key all at the same time. This will give you a little icon at your curser. Use your mouse to click and drag to highlight the area.  When you release the mouse, a photo will be taken of that area and the picture will be saved to your desktop.)

via sissyprint.blogspot.com

I then opened up pages (which is the Apple version of word).  The screen shot (above) was dragged onto the blank sheet in pages.  I was able to fit three sets of labels onto one sheet (for a total of six labels on the page).  I then created a text box and wrote the appropriate pantry item name centered onto each label.

Typing and printing the labels went rather quickly. Cutting out each label, while a mindless activity, was a bit time consuming.  After I was done cutting, I took them to the Staples and had them all laminated for less than $5 total (bargain!).  I assumed the labels would last longer if they were laminated, so I was happy to put in the little bit of effort and money to have it done.

Of course, while I was at Staples, I did see some darling labels from Martha Stewart.  So if you aren’t feeling like taking the time to make your own pantry labels, buzz over to Staples and check these out!

via staples.com

After the labels were laminated, I then re-cut around them.  With the supplies below, I started attaching labels to containers in the pantry!

I used double sided sticky tape to attach labels to the plastic canisters.

For the baskets, I punched holes in the sides and threaded jute twine through the label and then through the basket.  The twine was tied in a knot on the inside of each basket.

And just like that, my pantry is labeled and complete!  I couldn’t be happier! Let’s take one last look.

Aaaah! Now that makes me happy!

Jen

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Comments

  1. Adorable! I just showed this to my husband and he says he will even help me organize out pantry to look like yours, thanks for the visual motivation.

  2. Love these labels, my house is getting organized slowly–but I do need some cute labels to finish thing off. Perfect. Thanks

  3. Your labels are unreal. Great tutorial. Hugs, Marty

  4. I love the shape of these labels! Now I have to work up the courage to clean and organize my pantry!
    Jules

  5. Your pantry is so neat. All the labels are pretty and functional. Thank you for sharing! Visiting from My Girlish Whims party. Best, My

  6. Your labels and pantry look Amazing! Our readers would love to see what you have done with your pantry. We would love for you to share this at our link party!

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    Take care!

    Trish @ Uncommon

  7. these are so pretty maybe I can trick myself into organizing with them I hope you’ll add this and any of your other posts to my What We Wore and Made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  8. I like your pantry & the addition of the labels & cute baskets really perk it up! Isn’t it a great feeling when everything is in order?

  9. I love those labels! I stenciled my pantry and reorganized it recently. The only thing missing was the labels. Thanks for sharing

  10. Very Cute! I love your pantry! I also have the same protein powder lol. New follower from the hop, hope you come by and follow!

  11. Your labels add a nice touch to the pantry! I am inspired to get mine organized! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I’m so impressed by the labels….however i would like to know how did you put those names in ms word? I tried but i couldn’t make the name perfectly with the background like yours .i made the text box but ended up with white background.

    • Georgette says:

      I’m having the same problem with Ms Word, I can’t seem to get rid of the white background and just have the text. did you end up figuring it out

  13. The labels are all so cute! Practical too! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! What a great pantry!

  14. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I love labels and these are especially cute!

  15. Love these! Thanks so much! I have pinned this. I am a new Pinterest follower visiting from Embellishing Life. Vicky from Mess For Less

  16. I love the idea of using Jute to connect your labels. I am currently labeling our play room and just used zip ties but Jute is so much cuter. I’m also very jealous of your pantry space. Phew! That’s a dream. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hello! That was awesome! I will try to download my own labels, too. You gave us a very good idea and it really rocks! Thanks for sharing this.

    Joining this week’s Inspire Me Monday

  18. Great makeover. I did this two years ago! Occasionally it reverts back to the original condition and I have to reorganize!!

  19. I am so glad that you were brave enough to show the before and after. My pantry looks worse then yours and I have so wanted to organize mine for the last few months. I haven’t had the inspiration or the gump to get with the plan. Now I feel like I can do it this weekend and I won’t be overwhelmed because I’ve got a plan and that is half the battle. Thanks

  20. This is so great! So glad you featured our labels and showed readers how to personalize them! Awesome idea! Your pantry looks great! Maybe I should get on organizing my own!!!

    Kyrsten from The Sissies

  21. Oh My! I think I just found my wondertwin! I went looking for inspiration on “pantry labels” and found on your blog, exactly what I was looking for. The weird part is, my pantry is in the process of already looking EXACTLY like YOUR pantry. I have the same baskets, Krusteaz pancake mix and have been tempted to buy the same oxo containers (though I have finally decided to buy tupperware modular mates with black lids). Thank you for a validating blog encouraging me to press on toward the goal of an organized and “pretty” pantry. Yours is wonderful!

  22. I’m loving your home and your pantry!! :)
    It’s nice to see another northwest blogger!!!
    p.s. I love your header . . . it doesn’t get much more NorthWest than that!!! . . . maybe some socks and sandels haha
    Lots of love
    Ashli

  23. Love your labels ! What is the name of the font you used ?

    Thanks – Marcia

  24. Looks fantastic! I’m in the midst of my own pantry project so I’m obsessed with seeing how others organize theirs. I did something similar tags and my laminating machine so I’m hoping it turns out as well as it looks like yours did!!

  25. Wonderful idea for the labels! I came across your blog by doing a random search on Swagbucks. I’ve been wanting to put labels on everything in my pantry but haven’t been able to figure out what I want just yet. I never would have thought to laminate and use double sided tape. Thanks for the inspiration!

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