At the start of the year, we moved into our forever home. We had a whole lot less storage than our old rental so our first job was adding some big wardrobes in our newly renovated home office. You can check out our new office and play room here.
Rather than spending time getting our art and craft supplies organised then and there as I unpacked our boxes, I just threw everything into the cupboard. Needless to say, each time I opened the doors, I felt overwhelmed and frustrated. So when I was gifted a Cricut Explore Air 2, I knew that our art cupboard would be the first project I’d tackle!
I’ve recorded a little walk through of how I used my Cricut to make labels for our tubs which you can watch below. I’ve also included the steps below just in case you’re time poor!
Before we get started, let’s take a little look at the before photo. And I must warn you…it’s pretty bad. I generally consider myself a pretty organised person but this was just awful. As you can see, I had two shelves in our PAX wardrobe dedicated to arts and crafts but everything was just throw in there. I had found some neat see through containers at Kmart for our loose parts but that’s as far as I got.
I went off to IKEA and grabbed some storage containers in three different sizes. LINK HERE. When I got home, I organised them into the cupboards and then got to work sorting and organising our supplies.
Next, I opened the Cricut Design Space program and began designing my labels. This step was super easy and I just used one of the fonts that were already inside the program, though I think that it actually automatically synced the fonts I had installed on my computer already! This one is called KG Blank Space Solid. Be sure to watch the video demo above to see exactly how I input the fonts and prepared for cutting.
Once I finished designing my labels, I grabbed all of my tools which are pictured below. I used my weeding tool, a scraper, a roll of transfer tape and decided on reusable black vinyl so that I can switch up the labels as needed!
Next, I stuck my vinyl down onto the sticky mat. Just make sure that when you do this step, you line the vinyl up as accurately as you can. Next, I turned the dial on my Cricut machine over to Vinyl and loaded the mat into the machine. The Design Space program walks you through this entire process so it was very quick and easy! I was a little nervous when I got started but it was actually the easiest process.
Once the labels finished cutting, I carefully used scissors to cut around each individual label. Next, I peeled away the excess vinyl leaving just the letters behind. You can use your weeding tool to ensure the letters stay on the backing paper. After that, I cut a sheet of transfer tape to fit over the label and used the scraper to make sure there were no air bubbles. Again, make sure you watch the video above to see how easy this step is!
Finally, it was time to position the label over the containers. Once I was sure about the position, I used the scraper tool again to remove the air bubbles and ensure that the letters transferred to the containers. Very slowly, I peeled the transfer tape away leaving my beautiful new labels attached to the boxes!
This was such an easy process. I was actually a bit nervous about learning how to use the Cricut Explore Air machine but once I got going, it was actually so much easier than I expected. The video above was filmed as I discovered the process myself for the first time and I just got faster as the afternoon went on.
I just love how these containers turned out and I cannot wait to finish filling them! I actually have two containers spare and some of the containers are only half full so now it’s time for me to go shopping for some more art supplies!
For those wondering, these are the KUGGIS containers from IKEA and they’re available in three different sizes.
I was gifted a Cricut Explore Air 2 and accessories kit for the purposes of completing this project. Monetary compensation was not received and all opinions stated are my own.