DIY: Chalkboard Label Jars

It's official...chalkboards are no longer constrained to the classroom. With the latest surge in chalkboard paint (which comes in many different colors too), it's almost hard not to splatter it over everything and scribble away.

For this week's DIY tutorial, I created chalkboard label jars inspired by these spice jars from Anthropologie. I love the colorful lids that can brighten up any room and thought it would be fun to make my very own. Chalkboard labels are especially great, because you can simply switch up the contents of your jar and scribble on a new label. I also love painting glass jars white, because it gives it that beautiful porcelain look, which is also a nice contrast with the black chalkboard labels.

And if you haven't experimented with chalkboard paint yet, you're in for a treat!

• Glass jar with lid
Chalkboard paint (you can also make your own with this tutorial)
• White spray paint
• Spray paint for the lid (color of your choice)
• Piece of cardstock paper to cut out the label
• Paintbrush
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Tacky glue (I used a tape runner, but recommend tacky glue for a more firm hold)
• Chalk  
• Waterproof clear sealer spray (I like Krylon Clear Glaze)

• Remove any existing labels from the jar by soaking it in warm water and peeling away. Check out this video for some additional tips.
• Remove lid from the jar. Turn jar upside down and paint it white, following the instructions on your spray paint bottle. A few light coats should do the trick.
• Spray paint the lid with your desired color.
• While the paint dries, we can get started on the chalkboard labels. Trace your desired pattern onto a piece of cardstock paper and cut it out.
• Paint the label with chalkboard paint, following the instructions on the bottle.
• To avoid the paint from chipping, add a coat of clear sealer to the jar and lid.
• Once the jar, lid and label are completely dry, apply glue to the back of the label and attach it to the jar. 

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  1. I have yet to try chalkboard spray - all these project with it are amazing! I love the idea of "endlessly recyclable" labels!

  2. I found you on Craftgawker - and had to laugh. We are definitely on the same page. I made some Anthro copies too.


    Love your blog!!

  3. Stephanie - I love the term "endlessly recyclable". Nice way to put it! :)

    Ashlyn - Love yours too!

  4. Anonymous9/04/2012

    Perfect! I was just talking about making these, but the only tutorial I'd seen had us masking off the area for the label. I like cutting it out better, a little less chance for error.

    Quick question, would it be ok to use acrylic paint on the lids instead? I don't have any extra spray paint kicking around.

    Thanks for another great tutorial!

  5. Hi! Yes, acrylic paint could work for the lid, but you will need to paint on a few layers for it to be completely covered (make sure you wait until each layer is dry before adding the next). But, it won't be shiny. You can add a layer of glossy Mod Podge to add some shine. Hope that helps and good luck!

  6. What an awsome project. I have been saving spaghetti jars and pickle jars to do a project and this one looks like fun. Thanks :)

  7. These turned out amazing! Love the colored lids:)

  8. Anonymous11/14/2012

    These would be perfect for any bathroom too

  9. Anonymous11/14/2012

    Nail polish works well on metal lids too. I would not want to paint the under side, which would be exposed to the food, with anything, myself. These are a cute craft :) Linda

  10. Anonymous1/03/2013

    Is this safe? I would love to make some myself but I am just a little worried about the chemicals contained in the paint being too close to the food and also is it safe to wash ?

    1. Hi! There are craft sealers that are food and water safe. I would recommend using one of those when using the jars with food. Good luck! - Natalie

  11. I saw this on Artful Blogging and went online INSTANTLY to check you out. You are now officially one of my favorite people. I have subscribed to your blog and will be using your ideas... a lot... especially for Christmas. Thanks for being awesome and posting it so the world can see!

  12. Anonymous8/21/2013

    I love this so much! Where did you find the stencil pattern?

    1. Hi There! I actually drew it by hand, but if you google "label patterns" you might be able to find similar ones.
      - Natalie

  13. I have similar crafts blog and your ideas are great!! Thank you so much for this!

  14. This is such a good idea I can't wait to try it! I was just wondering if you could use Americana Multi-purpose sealer instead of the clear sealer spray? Your blog is amazing, thank you.

  15. Great inspiration, thanks! I'll try to do it by myself too.

  16. So simple and really nice idea, I will definitely try it at my home. I will make different shape chalkboard labels for jars and organize my kitchen with them. Thanks for sharing such a nice article.

  17. Wow! I really like the finished product, those custom-made jar labels are all gorgeous! I can’t help myself not to get excited to make my own. Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial with us, please keep it up and more power to you!


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