Organize Your Pantry With DIY Pantry Labels

One big step to creating an organized kitchen and pantry is labeling your items. In this post, I’m going to give you a step by step tutorial on how I made these pantry labels with just a few common household items and about an hour of my time.  

Instead of using the typical stickers, I decided to save a little money and try packaging tape instead.  I created free printable labels for you to download and print out so you can enjoy custom labels in your kitchen and pantry.  You can download the free printable below to get started.

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I recently went through a big kitchen organizing overhaul.  I couldn’t find anything in our cupboards and it was frustrating me every time I went in to cook a meal.  I went through each cupboard, shelf, and drawer and added shelf liners, labeled everything, and decluttered.  

It was amazing.  After I went through the great purge, I came to the conclusion that I needed more storage so I build shelves to help with that.

The shelves really gave me a lot more storage to hold serving pieces and pantry items that I was storing in my garage.  The last step I thought of the organizing process was to add labels to all of the glass and plastic containers.

I didn’t like the look of typical sticker labels.  They’re hard to remove if I ever want to wash a container.  So I decided to make my own. I love a certain font that I use on a lot of my printables and wanted that exact font for my kitchen too.  

So I created a label template to create my own custom pantry labels.

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How to make your own pantry label stickers

The great thing about this process is you can use this exact to label many different items in your kitchen or around the house.  Some examples could be:

  • Spice Jars

  • Plastic containers around the house

  • Mason Jars

This process was so simple that I couldn’t believe that more people don’t do this on a regular basis.  Everything that I used was something that we already had on hand so there weren’t any special trips to the store, which made it even better!

The items you’ll need are:

  • The free printable

  • Packaging Tape

  • Popsicle/Craft Stick

  • Scissors

  • Bowl of water (temp doesn’t matter, I used cool/room temp)

So as you can see, the supplies you need are probably on hand.  Making this a free project.

I created a video that goes through the entire process that you can watch below.

I started out by printing out the free printable label template.  I added popular pantry foods to this printable like:

  • Flour

  • Sugar

  • Brown Sugar

  • Chocolate Chips

  • And so on

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Once the pages were printed it was time to get to work.  I added the packaging tape to the page. I did 1 row for the single word pantry item and 2 rows for the 2 line pantry item.  So, for example, I used 1 row of tape for flour and sugar and used 2 rows of tape for brown sugar and sunflower seeds.

You’ll want to make sure that the tape is on straight but you don’t have to worry too much about air bubbles, you’ll be taking care of this in the next few steps.

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Once the tape has been applied it’s time to secure the tape with the craft stick.  Rub the craft stick over the tape part making sure that the tape is nice and secure and you’ll also want to remove any air bubbles that might be there.  

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I went over each row a few times making sure that the tape was on.  Then I cut the labels down to size. You’ll end up with 2 labels per row.  

Once they are all cut down to size I went through with the craft stick and made sure that the lettering was secure.  The ink is going to transfer to the tape so this step is very important. If the ink isn’t completed attached to the tape you’ll end up with a label with missing parts of the letter.

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Now it’s time to soak the labels.  Grab a bowl with water. The temp of the water really doesn't matter.  I used cool/room temp water. I wouldn’t use hot water because you might run the risk of melting the tape.  

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Allow the labels to soak for about 15 minutes.  This is how you’ll end up with the lettering on the tape.  

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Once the labels have soaked it’s time to remove the paper.  Allowing them to soak makes this step so simple. The paper comes right off.  Allow the tape to dry for about 10 minutes.

Don’t worry the sticky part of the tape doesn’t go away during the soaking part so once the water dries your new custom label will stick on to the container you’re using.

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Now you have labels that will stick to your glass or plastic containers to help keep you and your kitchen organized.

The labels couldn’t be easier to do.  With a little bit of time and a few items that you’ve probably got laying around you can spruce up your kitchen and pantry.  

I’ve created a free printable that you can print out and do this yourself.  

I hope that this has inspired you to add some labels to your kitchen and pantry.  I’d love to know what area of your kitchen will you be adding these labels to? Let me know in the comments below.  

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Below are a few other posts that I thought you might enjoy.  Have an amazing day!

Jenn