How to create custom pantry labels

September 3, 2016

If you’ve been following my Instagram and Facebook page for a while, you will have known that I shared some custom hand lettered pantry labels for The Creativity Exchange back in March. It was a huge hit and ever since, I’ve been getting lots of emails asking for more labels for items that weren’t on the original list. We’ve also created a few editable label sheets in case you don’t already own my Hokey Pokey font. However, this version of the font is a variant of the original.

From The Creativity Exchange

There were even more emails from people asking for printable labels for other areas around their house as well. It was because of these lovely emails that I created Hokey Pokey, a hand lettered font, based off of my lettering style from the original pantry labels. (Which you can find on my Etsy store here).


The biggest question I get asked however, is how to best create your own custom labels using the Hokey Pokey font, so today, I’ll be sharing a quick tutorial on how to use Microsoft Word to get the best out of my font and make your own printable labels. For this tutorial, you’ll need to have purchased my Hokey Pokey font.

1. Insert a 2 x 6 table

And drag it out to fit the width and height of the page. It doesn’t need to be precise for now.

2. Set the font and allow for kerning (important!)

Click on the cross bar on the top left of the table.
Click CTRL + D, then click ‘Advanced’, and check ‘Kerning for fonts’. You can type in any number next to that. I usually just type in 12 then hit OK. (KERNING IS IMPORTANT AS IT ALLOWS THE LETTERS TO LINK TOGETHER PROPERLY)
With the table still highlighted, change your font to Hokey Pokey and set the font size to 28. This is approximately the same size as the original hand lettered labels

3. Start typing in your label names

If you have more than one word in you labels, write them in separate table cells.

Utilise the different letter variations. The letters a, n, m, l, h, and u have different upper case variations.

4. Center the words and fit the table

Centered but table not fit


Centered and fit

Highlight all the words, then click on the LAYOUT tab at the top then click to centre align the words.
Right click the left cross bar on the table then click autofit > autofit to contents.

That’s all you need to do to create your own custom labels with my Hokey Pokey font. For instructions on how to print the labels onto clear sticker paper, refer to the original post over at The Creativity Exchange.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Stay creative!