Right after I switched to these bins I saw this post and was completely inspired by the sticker labels that Cas used on the exact same Dollar Tree bins.
I wasn't able to track down how she made the labels so I came up with my best guess, tracked down some materials, tested it out and now want to share it with all of you!
I started by ordering one pack of 25 Clear Full Sheet Avery Labels, 8665. I used my prime membership with Amazon and paid $19.98 with free shipping.
The next thing I did was stage a few toys from each bin on our mantel. Our mantel has a white background which worked great.
I like to use www.picmonkey.com to edit my pictures. It is free to use their site when you simply use their basic features. Go to their site and click on "edit a photo." Click on your picture and select "open." Now you can use the basic editing tools on the left to adjust your exposure if needed.
I brightened my photo just a tad and then used the crop feature to make a square. Click on "crop" and where it says "no fixed proportions" change that to "square." Now you can adjust your square to fit your picture and click on apply. At this point you don't have to worry about sizing.
Once I was done editing my photos I used a word document to print them. Open up word and select the "insert" tab at the top. Select "picture" and find and open one of your pictures. After your picture pops up you will see height & width boxes, all of the way to the right. Adjust one of those to 4.25 and it should automatically change the other one since it is a square.
Move your cursor to the right of the image, click and then hit enter once. Repeat the process to insert another picture and adjust the height & width to 4.25. At that point you may have to bring the second picture back up to the first page. With these sizes you should be able to fit two pictures per page and at the right size to fit on the bins.
Insert your Avery Full Sheet Labels into your printer and print your word document. (I had centered my images on the document but that really isn't necessary.)
Begin cutting directly around your squares.
Once you have your custom labels cut and ready to go remove the backing and place them over the center area of the bins just beneath the handles. Begin at the top and press your label down on the bin to work out bubbles and get a smooth finish as you go down. Make sure that you press along the edges as a final step to ensure that the sticker has completely sealed to your bin.
The only thing left is to have the "these are stickers but don't take them off of the bins" talk with your kids and you are ready to go! :-)
I love that you can create these functional toy bins with labels at only $1.40 each (not including the cost of ink) and easily add or change labels in the future as needed!
What do you think? Would this work for your crew?
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