Pantry Organization Refresh – The Silhouette Creators Refresh Challenge

Don’t spend another minute searching through your kitchen pantry. Organize the space with appropriately sized containers and DIY Silhouette labels using this 5-step process! 
I’m slowly recovering from my-so-far-Powder-room fail, both mentally and figuratively. One day I’ll learn to trust my first instincts.. it would save so much time! In any case, it seemed like a superb time to focus on something else.. like my kitchen pantry. It’s perfect timing, too – January’s Silhouette Creators Monthly Challenge theme is refresh! Many thanks to Cat of Pocketful of Posies for hosting. 
Kitchen pantry organization ideas and DIY labels cut with a Silhouette

Follow this 5-step process to organize your kitchen pantry

Believe it or not, just a few short years ago our kitchen pantry was neat and well-ordered. But, over time, and as our needs have changed, it’s become very unorganized indeed! 
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to know where to begin when things get a bit out of control – it happens to all of us!  I have a 5 step process for most any kind of storage organization. It goes something like this:
1. Evaluate what you need to store. 
2. Sort Stage 1: Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item. 
3. Sort stage 2: Sort into categories for storage. 
4. Organize! This is the part where you find containers, and find those containers homes. 
5. Maintain. If you’ve found the right home for everything, this will be simple!     


In the case of our pantry, our shelves are very deep, but the shelves come out far enough that storage on the door isn’t possible.  Still, if organized correctly, we have plenty of room for everything we need to store. So, what was our biggest problem? The containers we were using were either not properly sized for what we needed, taking up too much room, or not large enough to store what it needed to. Things had gotten out of control! 
Kitchen pantry organization ideas and DIY labels cut with a Silhouette - before
So much so that we’ve started moving into other cabinets to hold the overflow. 
Kitchen pantry organization ideas and DIY labels cut with a Silhouette - more mess

Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item

Sorting made me realize how many duplicates I had and also that I had a few things that were a wee bit out of date. Like, ahem, one that had a best by date of 2012.. how?
Kitchen pantry organization ideas and DIY labels cut with a Silhouette - sort out the contents

 Sort into categories for storage

After purging any expired foods, sort whatever is left into categories. From that, you can determine what storage you need.  
kitchen pantry organization - sort and purge

Ready, Set, Organize!

We moved some foods to smaller containers,  while some remained in larger containers.

For some categories, such as pasta, rice, and bagged snacks, baskets from the Target dollar aisle were a perfect home. To make the baskets easy to use, I added rope handles. This allowed me to maximize the number of shelves as I could make them just the required height for the basket to slide underneath, as we don’t need to be able to reach the top to slide the basket out. 

Drawers were a great alternative for lunch snacks, making it simple to see what is available and what is needed when making up the shopping list. 

add drawers to kitchen pantry
To complete the organization, I added vinyl labels for each container made on my Silhouette machine. I used the Harlow Solid Italic font in the Silhouette Studio and applied the vinyl to each container using transfer paper.  

I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to find everything again! Such a simple project that has made such a big difference in my every day!  
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How about you? How do you organize your storage areas? 


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Thanks so much for stopping by and please be sure to check out the other refresh projects for this month’s Silhouette Challenge! 


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DIY Christmas Stocking Tags

Store-bought Christmas stockings quickly become Personalized Christmas Stockings when you add these fun DIY felt name tags and colorful pompom embellishments! 

Personalized Christmas Stockings

I have a confession. I have a slight Christmas stocking buying problem. It might be a pretty significant problem, as every year for past three years I have purchased new Christmas stockings in an attempt to find a set to accommodate my fickle decorating needs. Remember, there are seven members of my family – that means I now have twenty-one unused stockings. TWENTY-ONE. I’ll be looking for a project for THOSE this year!

Personalized Christmas Stockings-different colors

But, you guys, I think I’m finally happy with our stockings! I purchased store-bought cream colored stockings in three different textures. They go with everything! Ask me how much I love them! Go ahead, ask! I LOVE THEM!

The only thing that would make them better is if they were Personalized Christmas Stockings. What I needed was a set of ridiculously fun and colorful felt name tags!

personalized christmas stockings- tags

I can’t wait to show you how I made them. Nothing adds whimsy like pompoms and tassels. Color is a must – I’m not exactly a neutral kind of girl – just check out my most recent decorating projects for proof of that! These tags have tons of color, made with my die cut machine; each has four layers of color and loads of sweet pompoms.

To only add to the fun, if you scroll down to the bottom of this post, I’m sharing eleven OTHER Winter Wonderland projects just for your Silhouette machine, so be sure to check those out! For now, though, let’s get started!


Personalized Christmas Stockings - Materials

Here’s what you’ll need:  

Yarn in at least two different colors
4x 8″x11″ Felt Sheets in various colors
Silhouette machine
Wonder under – paper-backed interfacing

Create the pattern

Create the names in silhouette studio using the font “Yellow Daisy.” If you decide on a different font, remember that the felt is tough to cut, so you want your shape to be large and not too detailed!

Prep the felt for cutting

Adhere the wonder under to the backside of three of your felt pieces by applying a hot iron to the paper backing side of the “wonder under” (the bumpy side goes against the fabric). Put the remaining piece aside. I used acrylic felt, and wool felt – I found no difference in either as far as cutting goes. What I did find helpful was to iron the felt flat on each side.

Cut your names

Personalized Christmas Stockings - cut tags

Now it’s time to cut. Set your silhouette blade to 10. Choose thick fabric for the material, set your cut blade setting to 10, the thickness at 33 and the speed to 2. Lay your fabric on your cutting mat, paper backing side down and smooth firmly to the mat. I found it useful to attach a piece of masking tape along the edge to keep the rollers from bunching up.

Send the cut to the Silhouette. Then, without removing the mat, cut again until you see the cut lines on the backside. You likely will have to do this to her three times before it will cut through.

Put the tags together

Remove the felt from the mat and snip any edges that are attached. Remove the paper backing.

Repeat steps 1-5 for all four felt pieces, including the section without the wonder under backing.

To stack and adhere the name pieces, lay the name piece without the wonder under down on the ironing board, and cover with a interfaced name piece, lining up the edges. Using a hot iron, press the felt pieces together. Add the remaining pieces in the same fashion until you have a stack. Trim edges where needed and thread through with a bit of yarn.

Make the pompom strands

personalized christmas stockings- pompom stocking embellishments

Create the pompom string using a piece of yarn about 12″ long, the pompoms – about 6 of different sizes and colors and a tassel made of yarn. Thread the yarn first through the tassel, then through the pompoms and tie off.

Attach the strands and tags to your stockings

personalized christmas stockings-pompom Christmas Stocking

Attach both the name tag and the pompom string through the loop on the stocking.

Hang the stocking and have a fabulous Christmas!

Aren’t they fun?! All that pompom and tassel cuteness has just made my Christmas – or at least my Christmas stockings! So, guess who won’t be buying new stockings this year? Yep! This girl!

Personalized Christmas Stockings

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check back later for some tips on how to ready your home for the holidays!

Oh! Before you go, make sure you check out these other Winter Wonderland Silhouette projects from some super talented ladies!

Silhouette Creators Challenge Winter Wonderland


1. A Turtles Life From HomeHand Lettered Holiday Scroll | 2. Michelle James Designs Winter Wonderland Throw Pillows Using the Silhouette Cameo | 3. Uncookie CutterTree Stand Box | 4. Vintage Romance Style – Cabin Cozy Scrap Wood Snowflake | 5. Simply {Darr}ling Upcycled Christmas Card Display | 6. Knock It Off Kim DIY Christmas Stocking Tags | 7. Houseful of Handmade DIY Vintage Christmas Scroll | 8. Dwell Beautiful Glittery Christmas Song Lyric Art | 9. Morena’s Corner Make Black and White Cards |10. Rachel TeodoroLighted Christmas Tree Truck |11. Pocketful of Posies – DIY Simple Joy Ornament



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How to Make Personalized Wine Glasses for Gifts

Looking for a quick and easy gift idea or a festive addition to your holiday table? Make your own personalized wine glasses with just a sharpie and stemless wine glasses! 

DIY Personalized Wine Glasses


So, it’s the time of year where I’m torn between planning for Christmas or living in the moment and just enjoying Thansgiving (which is right around the corner!).  I want to be the person who’s already finished her Christmas shopping but really, I’m the person who’s thinking alot about it and will leave my ever-growing list of gifts for friends and family until the last minute, while I focus on thawing out the bird and whipping up some stuffing. Lucky for me, this project allows me to do both!

Personalized wine glasses make thoughtful gifts for your friends and family and a beautiful addition to your holiday table, but you don’t have to buy them. Here’s how to DIY monogrammed wine and drinking glasses on the cheap!



How to Make Personalized Wine Glasses

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You’ll need:

1. Create your stencil, cut it, and transfer it to your glass, using the relief of the cutout. For further instructions on how to do this, you can check here.

personalized wine glasses - set stencil
2. Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any dirt or smudges.

3. Use your Sharpie pen to fill in the stencil.

personalized wine glasses - use sharpie
4. Once done, put the glass on a baking sheet and put it in a cold oven. Then heat it to 350 degrees and keep it in there for 30 minutes. This will ensure the glass and paint are dish washer safe.

DIY Personalized Wine Glasses_on a tray

Whew! Piece of cake right? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve a bird to thaw and a whole month to procrastinate on the other gifts I have to buy!


DIY Wine Glass Decorating


Looking for other dining related projects? Check these out!

The Silhouette Creators Challenge - Dining Challenge
Houseful of Handmade – Homemade Decorative Napkins
Knock It Off Kim – DIY Monogrammed Wine Glass 
Dwell Beautiful – Silhouette DIY Utensil Holder
Pocketful of Posies – DIY Christmas Quote Plates

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