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DIY: Label Jars with Chalkboard Paint

March 14, 2011

 In my continued pursuit of my Thirty before 30 list, this weekend I took the first steps on two list items. I finished one of six DIY projects for #10, and I began the long process of reorganizing my spice cabinet (#17).

One method to the madness of reorganizing the spices is putting my sugar (granulated and powdered), flour (self-rising and all-purpose) and other “bagged” ingredients in jars. I’m not biased in the types of jars, but one problem I realized as I filled one with all-purpose flour… how was I going to know which jar contained what?

Enter, chalkboard paint! Remember this awesome project last year? Well, I took a clue from that DIY project and figured I could also incorporate this on my jars.

So, I grabbed my painter’s tape, the chalkboard paint can, and my sponge brush, and I got to work! (Seriously, I had an enlightening moment Saturday mid-morning, and once I figured it out, I had to start immediately… so excuse the mess of the kitchen behind the jar.)

I had taped off a side of one bottle and painted a nice square. But, it annoyed me that it wasn’t exactly straight. I’m usually not that frustrated with details like that, but for some reason, it was bothering me that I couldn’t adhere the tape easily, even with a bubble level. My usually-OCD husband said, “Why don’t you just paint something on there? It doesn’t have to be straight.”

Well, ok then. I used the above glass bottle as my prototype and tried a few fun edges on the other side of the jar. As it turns out, I love the messy side better!

After that, I dove right in and started painting my other jars. Each needed at least two coats.

Something great about chalkboard paint on glass: it is very forgiving. If I had a brush stroke that went awry, I just scratched it off with my fingernail. I can see this being potentially frustrating when I scuff them during daily use, but they were so easy to paint that it won’t be hard to repaint them. And, thanks to JD, I’m not obsessing over the tight edges. They are just fun labels. (Remember the Splenda jar? It’s from my estate sale find!)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    March 14, 2011 3:04 pm

    You are just TOO clever!!!

  2. Marshall permalink
    April 24, 2011 9:38 am

    Here’s what I would try. Scan the image you want from a Splenda box that includes the Splenda label. Using any graphics program, crop the image to the precise image you want displayed on your jar, adding any flowery graphics borders you wish to include, then size it to fit your jar. Next, print your image to a sheet of sticky-back label paper. Using a sharp razor or an exacto knife, and a ruler, cut the label and place it carefully on your jar, applying it as straight as possible by eye. You can find Avery brand sticky back labels in several sizes of white or clear at most office supply stores. Use this method to label any containers with brand name products you wish to store in jars. Be sure the product is compatible with the type of container used, and that you include any cautionary or ingredient information as necessary for safety.

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