How to Easily Make DIY Labels Without Using a Cricut

If find yourself in need of labels but don't have a label maker on hand, you must try this DIY labels hack.

In this step-by-step tutorial, I'll guide you through creating your own DIY labels using a simple method that involves materials you likely already have at home.

All you need is paper, packing tape, water, and a bit of patience. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Paper (for printing your label)
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape (higher quality for better results)
  • Water
  • Scraping tool (could be a plastic card or a spatula)
  • Items to label
Cutting out printed labels

Step 1: Print and Cut

Begin by printing out whatever you want to turn into a label on a regular sheet of paper. It could be text, images, or a combination of both. Once printed, carefully cut out the label using a pair of scissors.

Applying packing tape to the printed labels

Step 2: Apply Packing Tape

Now, take a piece of packing tape that is slightly longer than your label. Lay the tape on a flat, clean surface, sticky side up. Place your cut-out label face down onto the sticky side of the tape, ensuring it is centered and well-positioned.

Wetting the paper

Step 3: Wet and Scrape

Fill a container with water and dip your fingers or a brush into it. Gently wet the paper on top of the tape. If you don’t want to use your fingers try using a scraping tool, like a plastic card or spatula. Scrape off the paper. The water will help transfer the ink from the paper onto the tape.

Step 4: Let It Dry

After scraping off the paper, let the tape and label air dry for a little bit. This process allows the ink to set onto the tape. Be patient, as the stickiness of the tape will return once it's completely dry.

Applying the DIY label to a basket

Step 5: Apply Your DIY Label

Once the tape is dry and sticky again, peel off the backing and apply your DIY label to whatever you want to label. Whether it's laundry baskets, jars, folders, or containers, your custom labels will add a personal touch to your items.

How to make DIY labels without a Cricut

Now you know how to make labels without a Cricut. Creating DIY labels without a label maker is a fun and cost-effective way to personalize and organize your belongings. With just a few simple supplies and easy-to-follow steps, you can make unique labels that suit your style.

Get creative, experiment with different designs, and enjoy the satisfaction of having custom labels for all your items. Leave me a comment to let me know if you love this hack as much as I do. Happy labeling!

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  • Bos10261406 Bos10261406 on Jan 07, 2024
    I think I missed something. What is the backing, where does it come from? Great project.
  • Deb Deb on Jan 07, 2024
    I think I may have missed the part about the backing too. I want to try it tho. Do you rub the ink off the tape onto the surface where you want the label applied or do you actually put the tape on there and leave it? Sorry!
  • Debbie Debbie on Jan 07, 2024
    You say peel off the backing??? What backing do you mean? You've already removed the paper you printed on right?
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  • William William on Jan 06, 2024
    I print labels on my computer.
  • Alice Alice on Jan 07, 2024
    This is awesome!!! Easy, doable, fun, and easily personalized. Thank you for sharing this very cool method.