How to Make Custom Chalkboard Bin Labels





The storage bin labels on my kids toy bins were in desperate need of an update 🙁


I printed these labels last year after finding them here. They are awesome and I loved the simplicity of them as well as the picture reference. My one caveat was that I could only use a few of them because my kids have atypical toys that needed custom labels. But alas, these poor labels had been abused and misused, ripped off and chewed by my youngest and destroyed. Now that he is growing out of his oral fixation stage, I’ve decided that I can now update the toy labels without the risk of them being used as toddler teethers.

You know I’m in love with Dollar Tree, right? Well if you don’t know, now you know! They now sell chalkboard labels…so now my love affair has been taken to the next level. 16 glorious, huge chalkboard labels for only $1! I just about died right there in the store.




I grabbed my trusty chalk marker. I use the Craft Smart brand because they last forever, come in packs of four, and have a durable broad tip that is perfect for thick chunky lettters. You can also use the point of the tip for smaller, more precise writing.


Now the fun part :). I wrote out every type of toy that would be organized in each bin. I loved the fact that I could customize and personalize every bin, something I couldn’t do with the original printed labels.


Next, I got some colored cardstock. I recommend the thickest you can find, especially when dealing with kids because these will take a beating. Stick your lovely labels on the card stock and simply cut them out. I left a thick boarder of colored cardstock, but you can do any thickness you like.

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The organizing nerd in me just squealed and giggled…this stuff really excites me (I know, I need help). Go ahead and laminate these cuties and your good to go.


I attached them to the bins with velcro tape strips which you can find at, you guessed it, The Dollar Tree!


The velcro tape is super sticky and durable. Its been almost two months and I haven’t seen any of these fall off the bins, or get ripped off by my two year old (Hallelujah!).


So.freaking.cute. From Lincoln Logs to Action Figures, every tiny toy has it’s own personally labeled home.


Lets sit back and admire one last time…. tears of joy people, tears of joy.

Do my kids always follow the labels when putting the toys away…you would think they would right? But hey, at least I try. They have gotten significantly better with tidiness since I began labeling their toy bins, and I attribute this to the labeling system. Even though the bins no longer have pictures, the boys know where things belong and these labels are helping my three year old with word recognition (bonus!). .

I’m about to make labels for every room in the house. By simply changing out the cardstock to floral print, plaid, little airplanes, whatever you want; you can make these for any room in your home. Laundry room, garage, your master bedroom closet, linen closets, pantry…the possibilites are endless. I plan to use cursive handwriting and make some for my master bedroom closet (be still my heart).

Happy organizing!

7 Comments on How to Make Custom Chalkboard Bin Labels

  1. Claudia
    October 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm (5 years ago)

    So cool….Dollar Tree is really awesome for great homeschool finds! Thanks for posting this, I’m off to find me some nifty chalkboard labels!

    • Nicole
      October 21, 2014 at 10:32 am (5 years ago)

      And when you find them Claudia, get several packs! I think people are starting to catch on to them lol

  2. Liza Harria
    October 21, 2014 at 1:20 am (5 years ago)

    Hey I love homeschooling my children and I love the fact how the organization is child age appropriate.

    • Nicole
      October 21, 2014 at 10:31 am (5 years ago)

      Me too Liza! Thanks for reading.

  3. Angel
    October 23, 2014 at 2:28 am (5 years ago)

    Simple. Cute. But brilliant. I don’t have a Dollar Tree close by. (Booo! Thumbs Down.) Can you tell me of another type of paper the labels are similar to. For example, is it the texture of contact paper? Maybe I can find a substitute.

    • Nicole
      October 27, 2014 at 6:46 am (5 years ago)

      Hey Angel, you could go on Amazon and find chalk board labels that are very inexpensive. There are certain types of sticky vinyl that can be used as well. Good luck with your search!

  4. Meagan
    January 14, 2015 at 9:43 pm (5 years ago)

    This is just what I need for my daughters toys. I wish we had a Dollar Tree here! I can still get some other labels. 🙂


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