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6 Easy-to-Make Labels that You Can Use at Home

Give your organizing success a finishing touch with these creative labels


From recycling office supplies to using clips and cases --- labeling has never been this fun! Keep your things organized with these labels.

Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

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1. Creative Labels using blackboard paint. Take it back to school by coating your magazine boxes with a strip of blackboard paint then writing titles with chalk. And because you could erase it, you won’t be stuck with a title if you decide to change or add to your subscriptions.

*You can source for blackboard paint when you visit hardware stores. For a more affordable alternative, try using latex paint in Thalo Green.
2. Recycled office supplies. Look around the house for materials that you can reuse. A box of old calling cards can be used by writing your labels then attaching it to the container using a clamp.
3. Scrapbook materials as labels. Label makers are great if you’re looking for quick and simple labels, but they can be too boring sometimes. Head for the scrapbooking section of bookstores and craft stores, and you’ll find inexpensive cardboard letters that look much cuter and are more fun to work with.

Visit your favorite bookstore or craft store for scrapbooking materials.
4. Use storage boxes with built-in slots for labels. Some storage boxes have built-in slots for labels to make it easier to identify its contents. Simply write down its contents and slip the paper into the slot.

You may find similar boxes when you visit National Bookstore and Regalong Pambahay.
5. Make your own card case slot. There are many plastic containers available in different sizes and shapes, but they lack one thing—labels. Create a label slot by sticking a clear card case onto the side with glue or double-sided tape and insert your label.
6. Printed labels. Show off your creative side by printing a custom label from your computer. Play around with different designs until you come up with one that you like, or simply take a photograph of the things inside the container and attach that.

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