DIY Clear Pantry Labels with no special equipment? Here’s your tutorial!
In an effort to rid our house of plastic, I’ve been moving everything I purchase into glass jars.
The problem with removing foods from their packaging is it can be hard to tell like items apart.
Stevia looks an awful lot like sugar and baking blend closely resembles flour.
I stumbled upon a way to create custom, clear pantry labels without shelling out a ton of cash.
In fact, these labels were created for under $2!
For those of you who enjoy learning by video, you can watch How to Make Clear Pantry Labels. Otherwise, read on.
DIY Clear Pantry Labels Step-by-Step Instructions:
Create a Word Document
Take an inventory of what pantry labels you’d like to create.
Create a Word document with your pantry labels. You’ll want them centered on the page.
Chose a font you enjoy.
If you can’t find a font you like, or have a specific look you want for your labels, head over to FontBundles.net and check out their free selection. It may take a few weeks of checking back to find a free font you enjoy – but free is always good!
Laser Print OR Make Copies on a Laser Copy Machine
Okay, so here’s how my trial and error can help you.
***This ONLY works with a laser printer.***
But not many of us have a laser printer at home.
I know I don’t.
However, I found the perfect, inexpensive work-around.
I printed my labels out at home, then took them to Office Depot and made copies on their laser copy machine.
Two copies came to $0.20. Isn’t that crazy cheap???
Use Clear Packing Tape
If this sounds like it’s too good to be true, well, it isn’t!
Apply strips of clear packing tape across your labels. The tape will become your clear pantry label.
This is Dollar Tree packing tape that only cost a buck!
Seal the Tape
Use something with a flat edge to scrape across the tape and seal it to the lettering.
I used a dough scraper but a credit card would also work.
Cut Out Your Labels
Next, cut out the pantry labels.
I recommend cutting close to the words. It creates less work and looks better when applied to the glass jar.
Soak Labels in Warm Water to Remove Paper
Drop your labels into a bowl of warm water.
The water should be the same temperature as bath water.
Allow to soak about a minute before proceeding to rub the paper off the tape.
The lettering will stay on the tape and the tape will retain it’s stickiness.
I honestly don’t know what kind of sorcery this is, but it works!
Allow Labels to Dry Before Applying to Glass Jars
That’s it! Making your own pantry labels couldn’t be easier. Plus, it was super inexpensive!