How to easily label items for the school year, as well as decorate notebooks and other school supplies. This is an easy project using a Cricut Air 2 or you can purchase Mabel’s Labels, using the coupon code provided for free shipping.
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I will admit it- I have been lax about labeling the kids’ items for preschool. They don’t really have that much to bring, most of it was in their backpacks and stayed there, and I didn’t usually send things that I minded them losing. I also sort of expected them to just keep track of their stuff.
But the preschool does a summer program and the kids have needed to bring items like a beach towel and swim suit which are then hung outside to dry until pickup. And it’s gotten easier for things to get lost. Not only that, but my oldest son goes to kindergarten this Fall so I want to put his name on some of his items. There’s a much greater chance he’ll have another kid with the same backpack or such.
So I decided to pull out my Cricut Air 2 to make some easy labels and also to decorate his school supplies. He was so excited! If I didn’t have the Cricut Air 2, I’d opt for some Mabel’s Labels because I have a set of those and they’re really useful, but I wanted to use things I had on hand. I also offered him the option to decorate them himself using stickers (because we have soooooo many stickers around). But he wanted mommy to make them… and I’m going to take that because in a few years he’ll be too cool for that!
Supplies Supplies listed below may include affiliate links to the products.
- Hair straightener or iron
- Cricut Air 2
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Piece of scrap fabric or Teflon sheet
- Outdoor Vinyl: Use permanent
- Transfer paper
- Alternative to using a Cricut Air 2: Mabel’s Labels
Things to Label
- Pencil case
- Blankets and cot sheets
- Water bottles
Tutorial for Labeling with the Cricut Air 2
Labeling with Mabel’s Labels (plus a coupon code!)
If you don’t have a Cricut Air or a Silhouette, ordering from Mabel’s Labels is a great option. I’d heard a lot about the company, but didn’t really understand what they offered that was so cool until I won a set of labels this Spring.
They’re so cool! The labels I got are dishwasher safe and I used them to label my sons’ water bottles and lunch box… and they have stayed on through a lot of wear and tear. I haven’t tried the iron on labels, but I imagine they’re much the same.
Just to explain how they work, the sticker sticks onto the item you want to label. The top of the sticker is a clear film that isn’t sealed on there… you move it out of the way, use a marker to label it, then remove the backing for the film. Once you remove the backing to the film, use your finger to smooth it over the name area. It sort of seals on there so it won’t erase in the dishwasher or such. It’s pretty brilliant!
If you want to give them a try, click here or click the banner below to get free shipping on Mabel’s Labels within the USA.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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