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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{back 2 basics} little birdie secrets

 Little Birdie Secrets is one of the first blogs I started reading, and loved from the first minute.  I think they are just darling, and have the best ideas.  How fun to have them here!


Happy fall! I'm Mandy from Little Birdie Secrets, and I can't believe I was asked to be a part of this fabulous group of bloggers for the {Back 2 Basics} series! Holy cow! There is just too much good stuff here. I hope this quick and easy idea will help you get organized and stay organized this school year.

Now that school is in session and I'm back to my routine, I'm noticing what needs to be organized around my house. As soon as the kids get home from school it's like a tornado hit! So I thought I'd help them out by creating a place for all their school supplies. I love all the chalkboard vinyl labels out there, but I didn't want invest in a whole roll of chalkboard vinyl, which is more expensive than regular vinyl. Then a friend introduced me to wet wipe Chalk Ink Markers that can be used with the vinyl I already have--sweet! They wipe off the vinyl easily with a damp cloth. Then you can use your regular vinyl to create labels to organize everything from school supplies to craft tools to pantry items. Here's a quick and easy tutorial to make your own chalkboard vinyl resuable labels so you can get organized, too!

Faux Chalkboard Vinyl Labels Tutorial


*Adhesive vinyl (I like Silhouette's Premium Vinyl)

*Chalk Ink markers or bistro board markers (I found these in the painting section at Michael's)

*Optional for this project: empty soup can, patterned paper, jute or ribbon, adhesive

1. Cut simple shapes, like an artisan label, from vinyl with vinyl cutter (I used my Silhouette). You could also cut these by hand if you don't have a vinyl cutter.

2. To make the pencil cup, spray paint an empty soup can and allow to dry. Cover with a strip of patterned paper.

3. Adhere your vinyl label to the center of the strip. Add ribbon or jute to dress it up.


4. Write the name of the object going in the cup with a white Chalk Ink marker. Fill cup. That's it!

 I told you it was simple! The great thing about these markers is that they're easier to write with than chalk, and you can erase them over and over! And since the labels are repositionable, you can use the labels over and over again, too!

I love using these to organize my craft supplies, too. Cute and functional!

I hope this inspired you to get organized for a happier school year. Please stop by and see me at Little Birdie Secrets for more great crafty back-to-school ideas like these!

Love, love, love it, just like I knew I would! One of my favorite things is taking something old and making it new again, and she did it perfectly! Thank you Mandy! Make sure you head on over to Little Birdie Secrets to see all of their other fabulous projects and ideas!


Blogger Brittany said...

This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing your secret, I can't wait to try it!

September 21, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger {northern cottage} said...

these are beautiful - love the bright sassy colors! If you run out of chalkboard vinyl - check out my post on making your own...

I think we have the same love for that label shape!

September 22, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

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