Bar Cart & Silhouette Spirits Label

Happy Tuesday, friends! The sun is shining (even though it’s REALLY cold), and I’m in the mood for spring! Spring always has me thinking of garden parties and hanging out with friends and what better addition to a party than a fun bar cart? I’ve wanted a bar cart forever and I finally found a sweet one in the form of the Raskog utility cart from Ikea! Aqua is one of my absolute FAVORITE colors so when I saw this little cart I knew I had to have it! If you read my Ikea Hack Glitter Clock post, you got a little sneak peek of my bar cart in action.

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I just love how it brightens up my little corner! We have a lot of glassware since hubby likes to collect fun bar glasses, snifters and tumblers (he even has a customized flask from his brother’s wedding), so it was great that we finally got to put them all on display! Not to mention we now have more space in the cupboards again!

It’s so neat to be able to pull out a fun cup and use it for a mixed drink when friends are over and I’m a BIG fan of the black and white striped cocktail napkins in my gold napkin holder πŸ™‚

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We have all of our liqueurs on the bottom shelf for easy access. We aren’t big drinkers, but it’s fun to have a fruity cocktail now and then or when we have company over! I’ve noticed that all the bottles with their different labels and styles and sizes all jumbled together doesn’t really pull off the clean aesthetic that I like – not too classy! So I’ve decided to start transferring some of the hard alcohol into these bottles that I also picked up from Ikea:

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These bottles are sophisticated and hold a lot of liquid with a nice solid seal at the top. I wanted a way to be able to tell the difference between the different spirits and liqueurs I put into each bottle, so I decided to break out my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo and make some fun labels!

Silhouette Spirits Labels Step 1

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I downloaded a swanky label outline from the Silhouette Design Store and then used one of my own fonts to add the word ‘Spirits’ inside the label. The little line is where I will be able to write what sort of alcohol it is!

Step 2

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Regular black Silhouette Vinyl is what I used, but you can use any color you want. As you can see, I use my vinyl so much that I’m almost out! Definitely time to get some more πŸ™‚ The labels cut out quickly in just a couple minutes! I only have 2 bottles right now to label, but feel free to duplicate the labels for as many as you need.

Step 3

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I then weeded my cut-out, discarding the parts I didn’t want, until I was left with the photo above. Though you could totally use the negative spaces you pulled out to make a reverse image label, similar to what I did with my geometric fox art!

Step 4

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Next, I cut a piece of transfer tape and smoothed it over my image, using a popsicle stick to make sure it really adhered to my design! If you don’t have transfer tape or contact paper, I’ve heard that things like painter’s tape and Glad-brand press-and-seal works fine as well. Then I slowly peeled the transfer tape up so that the design was stuck to the tape.

Step 5

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I carefully pressed down my design onto my surface of my glass bottle and then used the popsicle stick again to smooth out and press down the edges of the design. After I was pretty confident it was on there well, I slowly peeled off the transfer tape at an angle to reveal the completed label. If your design starts to peel up with the tape, you can recover and press down with the popsicle stick again, or you can carefully hold down your design with your hand as you roll back the transfer tape.

And here’s the finished Silhouette Spirits Label!

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It looks so classy and professional and literally only took me a few minutes from start to finish! I love that it totally looks like something you could buy in a store – that’s the magic of the Silhouette! πŸ™‚ See that scalloped line underneath the word ‘spirits’? I took a dry-erase marker and wrote which alcohol I put into the bottle, so that I could easily know what I needed when mixing drinks!

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I really like how the glass bottle looks compared to the grocery store labels! Definitely classier πŸ˜‰

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I still need to buy more bottles so I can transfer the rest of the alcohol over and I’d love to be able to find some other bar cart decor that everything isn’t so clear and glassy (because basically everything on that cart is glass!) so that I can mix up how the cart looks and hopefully bring in some fun colors and textures. Stay tuned for an update!

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Now I definitely think it’s time for a mojito πŸ˜‰ Anyone want to come party with me? Hubby and I have a couple bar books and we like to experiment with making new cocktails, so pick your poison!

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What’s your favorite mixed drink?

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4 Comments

  • we’ve been on a bit of a melon ball kick later (lots of re-watching Archer seasons)… mmmmm! πŸ™‚ Your cart looks great, and I love the idea of transferring everything to clear bottles! We have a bar with an open bottom shelf and it drives me nuts that everything isn’t uniform, I may need to get some bottles!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Ooh, I’ve never had a melon ball but I just looked it up and it sounds delicious! I’ll have to try it πŸ™‚ And I totally agree – all the mismatched labels totally makes me bonkers! Way better to have everything nice and the same πŸ™‚ And the bottles at Ikea are only a couple bucks each so it’s a win-win!

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