Friday, July 5, 2013

DIY Chalkboard Label Baskets

I think you probably know by now that I love me a good label.  I will label anything and everything.  The vinyl chalkboard labels are some of my favorites since they are easy to wipe clean and re-label when you are changing the contents of the container.  For a long time, I had been admiring Target's selection of baskets with chalkboard labels and was hoping to recreate something similar for the baskets in our entertainment unit.

We purchased these baskets at Container Store before our twins were born for use in our family room. 

The family room is the main hang-out room in our house (maybe second to the kitchen) so I knew it would be a collection place for toys and books for the kids to play with.  I try as much as possible to keep the toys hidden away to prevent the space from looking like a Toys R Us store, so the baskets seemed like a good solution.  They were a bit pricey for us, but they were the just the perfect size for the cupboards in our entertainment center so we went for it.  (I just looked online and it doesn't look like they carry them anymore.  Boo!)

I had a vision for my chalkboard label idea and was hoping that my local Ben Franklin Craft store would have everything I needed.  They did not disappoint.  As I was strolling through the aisles searching for items that would work for my labels, I came across these adorable cardboard tags. 

I couldn't have dreamt of anything better!  I love the shape of them and a pack of eight was only $3.49!

Next up, I needed the vinyl chalkboard labels.  I found a pack of six oval labels for $3.99 and was planning to buy them.  However, a very helpful employee suggested that I purchase a sheet of black vinyl and use their die-cut machine (for free!!) to cut oval shapes.  The vinyl was 12 inch x 12 inch and only cost $2.99.  I was able to get 16 ovals out of one sheet of vinyl -- a much better deal than the packaged ones I was planning to buy.  (And I should also add that the same helpful employee offered each of my kids a helium balloon while I was busy cutting which helped control the chaos of them pulling everything they could reach off the nearby shelves). 

Back at home I used a hole punch to make holes in the cardboard tags.  Using some kitchen string, I threaded the labels through the weave of the baskets, applied my vinyl chalkboard labels and used a chalkboard pen to write the contents of each basket on the label. 

I am so happy with how they turned out and how easy they were!


What do you think?  Do you love chalkboard labels as much as I do?  How do you hide away your kids' toys in your main living areas?

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