Organizing labels

Budget DIY Clear Labels using Sticky Tape

Labels, labels, labels.

I love labels.

How handy are they?!!!

I love labeling my notebooks, my folders, storage in my pantry and cupboards.

Labels are such a simple but effective tool that helps our brain with the unnecessary load of remembering every single location we store our valuables.

They can come in different forms and price tags dependent on your style and taste.

Simple handwritten labels can certainly do the job but if you are looking for other ingenious ways to make your labels, then please stay with me.

Fancy cut vinyl labels can cost around $1.00 to $2.00 each, determined by the size and the number of characters you wish to make.

Imagine if you have every nook and cranny in your home with storage and containers that need to be labeled; this could easily eat up your weekly budget.

If budget is not a major factor for you, you may consider Cricut type labels that are pretty stylish, easy to apply, water, and UV resistant, and can last for years.

However, if money is an issue, then don’t despair.

You can still achieve elegant-looking labels to complete your organizing projects using materials you may already have.

Let me share with you this budget-friendly way I used in my earlier days of organizing to make neat and fancy labels without hurting your bank account by using materials that are already available in your home.

Are you ready?

Let me show you how.


  1. Printed labels – (Black ink on white ordinary plain paper) If you don’t own a printer, don’t despair. You can go to your nearby printing services or ask a friend who owns a printer to print for you as you may be lucky to have it for free.
  2. Sticky tape – You can work using regular sticky tape or packing tape depending on the size of labels you wish to make.
  3. Place Cards – optional; this comes in handy if you wish to use the labels on baskets or odd-surfaced containers.
  4. Spoon – This will be your tool in ensuring the prints will stick onto the tape.
  5. Scissors – to cut your labels to size
  6. Bowl of water – This is where the magic happens.

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  1. Print the labels you wish to make.
  2. Stick the tape on top of the printout labels.
  3. Smoothen the surface using a spoon to create a seamless adhesion between the tape and paper.

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4. Cut the labels to your desired size.

5. Soak the cut labels into the bowl of water for a couple of minutes then start scraping the paper side removing it from the tape.

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6. Continue scraping the paper in and out of the water using your fingers until all the paper is totally removed from the tape.

7. The goal is to transfer the print onto the sticky side of the tape. Isn’t it magic!

8. Let the label dry.  Sticky side up to prevent sticking on any surface while drying. You may go back to step 6 if the adhesive side gets dusty or dirty.

9. Once the sticky side is dry, you can stick the clear labels onto the surface of containers or cardboard such as place cards to attach to the storage baskets.


The labels best adhere to smooth and free from dust surfaces such as glass or plastic containers.  They can be water-proof but be mindful as they can easily be removed if frequent or hot water washing is applied.

Check my youtube video on how to make this Budge DIY Clear Labels.

I hope you enjoy these easy homemade do-it-yourself labels project you can do with your family.

Please feel free to share your thoughts about your DIY label products in the comments section below.


Until our next sharing, homeys.

Much joy and thanks,

Ann of Hometiculous

Ann of Hometiculous

I am a busy mummy of 2 and a wifey to one. I am very careful when it comes to the needs of my family and home. I am particularly lazy to look for things and thoroughly crazy to do everything that’s why I am thankful for organizing. I am a certified meticulous when it comes to anything that involves effort, time, and money at home and beyond our home. In my spare time (if I am lucky), I engrossed myself reading, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring my tiny little garden, learning and saving from DIYs.

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