Last week I purchased a large collection of tiny vintage cheese labels designed for individual packaging of cheese wedges. Fantastic graphics! So, hold on to your hat, this is going to get fun!I started by organizing the labels onto cardstock for scanning. American Crafts sent me some This-To-That adhesives to try a while back and the dispenser tabs roller worked perfectly for tacking down each label.Once scanned, I created free digital PDF files of two different sets for you to play with. Click on the images to download the files to your computer.These files are completely free for you to use in any project, I simply ask that the images are not resold as digital files.
I printed the files onto inkjet magnet sheets from Office Depot. The graphics turned out beautifully and were easy to cut out.First I cut each label apart loosely.Then trimmed out each with a bit more precision.The magnet sheets are pretty thin, so magnets made this way easily stick to metal surfaces, but won’t hold things up, such as notes and photos. But they looked awesome along my stainless steel stove hood.My stainless refrigerator won’t hold a magnet, but the freezer in my pantry will, so I dolled it up a bit.It’s also fun to create cheese pinwheels.If you want magnets strong enough to hold things, try sticking printed paper images to thicker business card magnets and trim out.To create cheese bunting with labels printed on plain paper, I grabbed some cheese colored Divine Twine and used super glue along the end section to harden it for easy lacing. It gives it a plastic-end shoelace effect so the twine doesn’t keep bending when you thread the labels.I punched tiny 1/8″ holes into the upper corners of each label.
Strung the labels together……and created darling cheese bunting for my studio.If you’re printing to plain paper, it’s also a good idea to print the images onto cardstock, coat the sheets with Mod Podge and allow to dry for a bit more plasticity and shelf-life.
Here’s some other ideas for using the cheese label graphics:
• Deck out kitchen towels with sewn on fabric cheese labels, see this post for more info on that type of project.
• Print to iron-on transfer sheets and embellish an apron, seat cushions or curtains.
• Use them to decorate the edges of your kitchen shelving.
• Create gift sets: package a set of magnets up in cheese cloth, tie with Divine Twine baker’s twine.
Do you have any other ideas for using the vintage cheese label graphics? Share ’em!