How to Make Custom Labels on a Silhouette Cameo- Beginners Tutorial

Personalizing Your Home with Silhouette Cameo 3

It’s so fun to add some personalization to items around your home, and the Silhouette Cameo 3 makes the process easy and the end product look amazing. I wanted to do a beginner’s tutorial for those of you interested in how to use a vinyl cutter like Circuit or Silhouette to make custom labels.

When I posted about our new homework station setup in my latest Blog Post, I mentioned adding some monograms to my kids’ See Jane Work document boxes.

 Read my blog post on How To Set Up A Homework Station here

Adding vinyl labels or monograms around your home helps to maintain order and it looks so pretty, too!

It’s that extra touch that makes it look like you care. 🙂 

Vinyl is very versatile and can stick to a wide variety of surfaces. You can add vinyl decals to walls, containers, laptops, mugs, shirts, and more. I love finding things in the Target Dollar Spot and adding some personalization for teacher’s gifts. Just make sure you have the right vinyl for the job you’re doing!

You can also customize the look by choosing the exact color and texture for your vinyl (glitter anyone?) and creating the design with fonts and graphics that appeal to you and the style of your home.

Now, I love my label maker, and it can’t be beat for small, functional, repetitive labels. But my Silhouette Cameo cutter takes labels to a whole new level when I want something larger and more custom and personalized. And you aren’t restricted to only using vinyl! The Silhouette Cameo 3 can cut a variety of materials: paper, cardstock, heat transfer material, vellum, temporary tattoo paper, fabric, and more.

I use my Silhouette for all the cool labels you see on my Instagram feed for our organization clients.

So let’s dive in and I’ll show you the basic process for making custom labels using a vinyl cutting machine! Consider this a beginner’s tutorial

Personalizing with Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Labels

For this project, I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to personalize a See Jane Work document keepsake box for each of my kids. These boxes sit on our homework station desks where they’re super easy to access. When my kids get home from school, we take everything out of their backpacks and sort through the papers.

Their best school work is put in these keepsake boxes. Then at the end of the year, we go through the keepsake box to pull out the very best of the best, and those papers get filed in their School Memory Boxes. If you haven’t heard about my School Memory Box, you can read more about it here


Steps to Personalize with Silhouette Cameo 3:

1. Create your design in Silhouette Studio. You can do a simple letter, monogram, type out a name in a variety of fonts, or find a design from the Silhouette Design Store.

2. Cut your design on a color vinyl of your choice.

3. Weed the design. This means removing any part of the design that you won’t be using. Having a special weeding tool (mine has a handle and small metal hook) makes this job much easier.

4. Apply transfer tape and press down hard using a scraper tool or credit card.

5. Lift off the design. (If it doesn’t lift up, repeat Step 4)  

6. Place the design on the object you’re personalizing. For me, it was this See Jane Work document box.

7. Press down hard again with a scraper tool or credit card.

8. Slowly pull off the transfer tape at an angle, taking care not to pull up any of the design. I often use the weeding tool to hold things down as I peel off the transfer tape.

And there you have it! A super cute, functional document box, personalized for each of my kids.

If you’re thinking of getting your own Silhouette Cameo cutter, or perhaps you already have one, check out these fun project ideas!

Silhouette Cameo Tutorials & Projects, from That’s What Che Said Silhouette Beginner Tutorials & Projects, from The Thinking Closet

Happy personalizing!


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