Have you priced preschool labels or daycare labels recently? It can cost an arm and a leg to buy dedicated, waterproof labels for identifying various supplies that your kid brings with them to school or daycare. I’m talking in the range of $20 – $40 for a set of maybe a few dozen. That’s a lot of money for labels if you ask me!
I’ve figured out a way to reproduce these cute, little labels for much less. Much, much less! Like around $2 for a few labels! This is perfect, because Sophia is going to preschool this year and we only needed to label two things: her backpack and her lunch bag. So buying a set of like 30 labels seems so wasteful to me, because, after all, there is no guarantee that she will be into these same labels next year!
Furthermore, my labels look kinda professional. They’re not exactly like handwriting her name with a Sharpie marker directly onto the item. They feature professional-looking letters and really cute background designs!
Now, the store-bought ones often claim to be waterproof and can be put in the washing machine or dishwasher. While I wouldn’t put my labels in either of those, that’s a small price to pay for doing this myself. I can always hand-wash the items, if needed. And with the cost of these little babies being so low, there’s no harm in throwing these away and starting to make new ones every few months!
DIY preschool labels / daycare labels
- washi tape
- small scrapbook alphabet stickers
- clear masking tape
- Cut a fairly long strip of washi tape. Insert it through a loop or hook on the item you need to label. Fold it onto itself, so the adhesive part of one end meets the adhesive part of the other end. Trim if it’s too long.
- Place the scrapbook alphabet stickers directly on the washi tape, spelling the desired name.
- Use the clear masking tape to seal and protect your label. Cut a long strip of the clear masking tape and wrap it around the washi tape label, trimming as necessary.
Enjoy your new labels. Pat your back for saving a ton of money!