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How to Make Labels with Cricut & Free Pantry Labels file

Today I’m sharing how to make labels with Cricut and using my DIY pantry labels as my example! I’ve created a free SVG file so you can make your own pantry labels too. Get access to the free file in the free printable library below!

how to make labels with cricut

If you don’t have a Cricut, no worries, I have a tutorial on how to make pantry label stickers with a printer and the same free pantry labels in a printable download. And in that same post is a tutorial on how to make pantry label decals with a Silhouette Cameo, again with the free pantry labels download! These freebies are all available in the free printable library, which you can get access to by clicking the button below if you aren’t already subscribed!

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At our old apartment, I created open pantry shelving and made these pantry decals using copper vinyl. For our small pantry organization makeover in our current kitchen, I wanted to make some new labels using white vinyl and my new Cricut! I just love how they turned out!, they look adorable on my pantry jars!! And my new Cricut cut the labels out perfectly!

how to make vinyl labels with cricut with pantry labels on jars on pantry shelf

I love using vinyl for labels, especially pantry labels, because it’s waterproof, easy to remove, easy to change the label sizes, and looks super cute too! So this post is going to focus specifically on how to make vinyl labels with Cricut.

As far as type of vinyl to use, I highly recommend using a high-quality vinyl. Oracal 631 vinyl is my favorite, but you can also use Oracal 651 which is more permanent, either one works great and they come in multiple colors, including metallic colors!

The step by step label tutorial is below as well as a video tutorial of the whole process!

How to Make Labels with Cricut:

Materials Needed:

*Note: if you’d like to make more custom labels, besides the ones I’ve included in the free pantry labels download, you can get the same font I used here.

Video on how to make vinyl labels with Cricut:

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1. Determine the size needed for your labels

Begin by using a ruler or tape measure to determine the height and width of your labels. Make sure that your label size will be a little bit smaller than the surface area available for your labels.

use a ruler to measure the label size needed for vinyl labels

2. Open your label design in Cricut Design Space

Either create your own label designs or download my free pantry labels SVG file from the free printable library into Cricut Design Space. If you haven’t subscribed yet to the library, just click the button below to get your free SVG file and access!

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Also, as I mentioned above, if you want to make even more labels other than the free labels I provided, with the same font that I used, get the custom font here!

To open the file in Cricut Design Space, click on “Upload” followed by “Upload Image” then “Browse” and chose the file then select “Save”.

***For a full step by step tutorial of this process, see my DIY pantry label video tutorial here.

how to open label svg file in cricut design space

Then, select the file and click “insert images”

how to open label svg file in cricut design space computer screenshot

3. Select labels needed and change size of labels as needed

To prepare your SVG file for cutting the labels you need, begin by selecting the grouped labels and then click on “Ungroup”. Next, select any labels you don’t need and hit delete.

For the remaining labels you do want to keep, select each one individually and change the size to the custom size you need by entering it in the width and height size boxes along the top toolbar in Cricut Design Space. Make sure when you change the size to select the lock icon to lock the scale in place so that the letters don’t get warped when changing the height/width.

Once you finish changing the size of each label item, move the designs so they are in the 12×12 grid lines for cutting purposes. Finally, select all the label items (press Control A on PC or Command A on Mac) and then click “Attach” in the lower right hand corner so that the file will cut the labels exactly how you see them on the screen.

preparing label design in cricut design space

4. Send design to your Cricut and cut vinyl labels

Load your Cricut cutting machine with a 12×12 sheet of vinyl on your cutting mat that was included with the Cricut. On your machine make sure the dial is set to “Vinyl”.

loading cricut with vinyl for how to make labels with cricut

Finally, click on the green “Make it” button in the top right hand corner in Cricut Design Space. Make sure the material says Vinyl and your Cricut machine is connected. Then, press the flashing go button on your Cricut machine!!

And that’s it for how to make labels with Cricut! The next steps focus on the vinyl part of the DIY labels!

preparing to cut labels on cricut in cricut design space

5. Weed your Vinyl label decals

Weeding vinyl means to remove the excess negative space vinyl that surrounds your cut label design. I previously shared how to weed DIY pantry labels in my tutorial on how to make labels with a Silhouette Cameo. It’s the same process this time!

Begin my removing the vinyl sheet from your Cricut cutting mat.

Use a vinyl weeding tool or anything with pin end (like a saftey pin), although a weeding tool is much easier. And then slowly pull the extra vinyl back at a 45 degree angle. You can also use a craft razor blade cutter or scissors to work in a small section at a time if your labels are very small or intricate.

weed the vinyl for how to make vinyl labels with cricut

The vinyl weeding tool works great for getting in the middle of letters or small designs that need the vinyl removed.

use a vinyl weeding tool to weed the vinyl diy pantry labels

6. Apply transfer tape to vinyl labels

For transfer tape, I use Oratape HT55 transfer tape, which is made specifically for Oracal 631 vinyl and I buy it in bulk (it lasts a really long time) and it works great! But, any other medium to high tack transfer tape should do the job well.

To help make this process easier, use masking tape to secure the corners of your vinyl sheet to your work surface. Masking tape doesn’t leave any sticky residue like other tapes.

Then, the way I prefer to do this without using my transfer tape applicator is to press the end of the transfer tape to my work surface and then slowly roll out the transfer tape over the vinyl sheet and smooth the transfer tape down with a vinyl application squeegee (you can also use an old credit card). Cut the transfer tape from the roll with a razor cutter or scissors.

Again to see this entire process in action, see my How to Make Labels on a Cricut video tutorial!

apply transfer tape to vinyl labels made with a cricut

7. Cut DIY pantry labels out and apply to jars

Use scissors and cut out the vinyl pantry labels individually. 

Apply each label to your jars or containers. To do this slowly peel back the transfer tape from the vinyl backing sheet and make sure all of the vinyl design is attached to the transfer tape. If it isn’t then, you need to rub over it again with the squeegee.

Stick the label on your jar where you want it to go and then rub over the top of the transfer tape with the squeegee to ensure the vinyl is secured to your surface.

apply diy pantry labels to jars with vinyl squeegee

Slowly peel the transfer tape back at a 45 degree angle to reveal your pantry label!

peel transfer tape back to reveal vinyl pantry label decal on jar

how to make labels with cricut with pantry labels on jars on pantry shelf

Wow! All finished!!! It’s quite a bit of steps, but really easy once you get the hang of how to make labels with Cricut! I love my new DIY pantry labels in the white vinyl and it makes finding our bulk pantry items so much easier now in our newly organized small pantry! Plus, I think they especially look cute on our new DIY pantry shelves!

diy pantry labels on mason jars

Well this post concludes my small pantry makeover series, as well as my DIY pantry label series! I hope this tutorial on how to make vinyl labels with Cricut has been helpful and you can make all the labels you need now to get your spaces organized!

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