DIY Chalkboard Paint Glass Jars


I’ve been slowly decorating my new apartment with a heavy, heavy emphasis on “slowly.” It took me a month and a half to get a couch—I haven’t sat cross-legged on the floor that much since kindergarten. But I’ve finally got the larger furniture out of the way and can now focus on the little details, much of which I’m DIY-ing.

Instead of storing all my grains, seeds and cooking supplies tucked away in cupboards, I decided to use glass kitchen jars and spruce them up with chalkboard paint labels.

Pulling it off is easy; you’ll need:

  • Glass jars (I scored mine at TJ Maxx for under $5 a pop)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • A small paint brush
  • Chalk

Use the painter’s tape to outline a square on each jar. You’ll then paint inside the tape—and prepare yourself, you’ll need to do about five coats to get a solid chalkboard square on the glass surface. Once it has completely dried, set the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over it. Wipe it clean, and you’re ready to write.

I filled mine with quinoa, flax seeds, chia seeds and rolled oats, but the possibilities are endless.  And, since chalk is—shocker!—erasable, you can switch up the jars’ contents as your cooking needs change.

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  1. Love this idea! Just showed hubby and think we might have to do something like this sometime. Fun!

  2. Super cute! I want!

  3. I love it. May do this as a project with my cooking activity at school. I’m thinking cookie mix in a jar.

  4. Great idea, didn’t know there was chalk board paint!

  5. I love this style! I also did this typ of style to my kitchen and it looks so nice. Great idea with the chalkboard btw! 🙂

  6. I soooo have to do this!

  7. Is the chalk dishwasher safe? Or can you handwash the item with no problem?

  8. My friend dipped the bottom of champagne flutes in chalkboard paint when she made them for us bridesmaids, then used chalk pens to write our names. I forgot that she said not to put them in the dishwasher one night (after hand washing it a million times!) and all the paint came off 🙁 I wouldn’t suggest putting them in the dishwasher!!!

  9. Are they washable?

  10. this is a super cute idea. and its time to update my canisters (had them since I got married 16 years ago). I’m on the lookout for these jars – wonder if it would work on plastic too?? 🙂

  11. Such a simple and USEFUL idea! I have glass jars that I inherited from my mother and use for storage of assorted items. They will get this treatment, for sure! Thanks!

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