DIY Toy Bin Labels

Good morning friends!  I am just giddy over here as I have been waiting for the day to share this little project with you all.  I completed it about two weeks ago, however, I have been doing some work on the back side of the blog and had to wait for everything to update and transfer over to the new site before I could make any new posts.

Anyways, since Christmas time, I have been working on creating a play space for Baby D.  It is still a work in progress, but I think it is coming along nicely. :) Now, because our house doesn’t have a separate space for a playroom, nor do we want to give up the guest bedroom, I had to get a little creative as to where I would put all of D’s growing collection of toys.  My one goal was to keep the majority of his things out of the living room.  So, the only logical space we had left to choose from was to makeover the office… my hubby’s office.

At the time, my husband had dreams of turning his office into a really cool beer lounge- complete with tap handles that would come through the wall from the garage where he currently keeps his home-brewed beer. While I love his imagination, this didn’t seem like a good move for a later resale value on our home.  Plus, it was the only space left that I could use to create baby’s new playroom unless we were going to sacrifice the guest room.  So, we compromised.  Danny got to keep part of the room for his office {as long as he could come up with a solution to hide all of his computer cords} and Baby D would get the rest of the room for his toys.  Hooray!

Now that I had the space, my next order of business was to find something to organize what toys we already had and that could also organize any future toys to come.  Luckily, I knew just the right piece of furniture for the job.  So off to IKEA I went to pick up one of their 8-cube Kallax Shelving Units in dark brown.  I also hit up Target to grab a few of their fabric bin storage cubes in the color light blue. I love those things!  Anyways, once I got everything set up and sorted all of the toys into the bins, I couldn’t help but want some sort of way to let other people know what belonged in each bin.  So, I immediately turned to the web to search for labeling ideas.

Originally, I was thinking that I wanted something like a cute luggage tag or some sort of metal magazine file label holder.  But then I stumbled upon an adorable idea from The Homes I Have Made that I just couldn’t resist.

Rather than using words to label her bins, Megan over at The Homes I Have Made used images to label her playroom storage bins.  Yes!  Love it!  And how did I not think of that myself?!?!  This coming from an elementary school teacher who used to label everything with a picture and the word. Haha!   So, with the help of my Silhouette machine, I downloaded the images I wanted to use to label D’s four toy bins, had it cut the images onto white vinyl, and then applied the vinyl images to the storage bins.

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Yep.  It really was that simple.  Once I had my images picked out and downloaded, the rest of the project took me less than an hour to complete.  Oh and one word of advice- before cutting on vinyl, always test out the size and placement of your image first using regular paper or cardstock.  It took me a couple tries to get the images exactly how I wanted them and I was so glad I didn’t have to waste any extra vinyl in the process. ;) Here are a few close ups of D’s new labeled toy bins.

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This bin houses all of D’s toy cars, trucks, and trains.

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This bin keeps a small portion of his books in the playroom.

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The next bin hides away all of his blocks and stacking rings.

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And the last bin holds his growing collection of musical instruments.

What do you think?  Are you ready to give this a try in your own home?  It doesn’t have to be used just for organizing kids’ things.  You could also use images to label items in the bathroom, closet, or even pantry. Another great idea for all of my teacher friends out there would be to use this to label things within the classroom.  Give it a try and please come back and share your projects with me.  I would love to see what creative things you’ve come up with!

Well, that’s all for now.  See you back real soon!

Crafting a life homemade,

{courtney}