Make Your Own Chalkboard Jar Labels

February 20, 2013 by  

Chalkboard Jar Labels Using Chalkboard Contact Paper

I have seen some of the cutest chalkboard labels on the large jars in kitchens from other creative blogs. It inspired me to go out and find the large jars for my kitchen counters.

chalkboard labels

Most of the chalkboard labels that I have seen made was by using the chalkboard paint.  Although that is a great method and more than likely over all less expensive, I did see someone who used chalkboard contact paper and I decided I wanted to try that.

I searched local stores and called all around but did not find any stores that carried the blackboard or chalkboard contact paper.  I ended up finding it online and purchased it there.  I then went through the same thing with the chalkboard markers.  I also ended up purchasing them online.

chalkboard markers and contact paper

Here are the link for the chalkboard contact paper Chalkboard Contact Paper, 18″ x 6′ and here are the markers I used Liquid Chalk – Works like a Marker Dries like Chalk – Set of 8 Earthy Colors .  Since these were hard for me to find, I thought I’d make it easier for you.  But just so you know I did go ahead and set them up as affiliate links with amazon – I keep no secrets from you guys.   I also went ahead and posted the widgets on my sidebar for you if you want to come back to them later or send a friend to find them.

I bought my jars at Walmart for the 1 gallon jar which I paid $6.97 for and the 1/2 gallon jar which was $4.87.  But the 3 gallon cookie jar which I’m going to also show you I got at The Container Store and I paid $19.99 for that!  I know… crazy difference, but I wanted the larger size and Walmart didn’t have it. (I have since seen the 2 gallon jar at Walmart and it was I think only $9.99 – ugh)

glass canisters

I also got out my x-acto cutting mat and knife so it made a nice clean cut.


I decided on the shape for my labels. That came down to which stencil I had! lol
So I went to work.  I made sure not to waste any of my chalkboard contact paper, so I cut as close to the edge as I could.

Then used my x-acto knife to cut along the edge.


Once I had cut out the pattern I decided on which marker I was going to use. I picked the yellow because it showed up nice and bright. These markers are pretty cool. You shake them up and then you have to hold them down for a little bit (longer than I expected, I thought at first they weren’t working – but like a minute or two before the tip fills with ink)

chalkboard markersI also decided to put the little dots on the edges of my labels. DaNita from Delightful Order always does that on her printed labels and I think they look so cute.  (of course I messed up a couple, so practice spacing!)

Then I just peeled off the back and placed them on the jars. I started from the center and pressed down and wiped out with my finger to make sure all the air was out and it was pressed firmly down.

applying a label

I did this for all of the jars. Here are the three smaller jars.

chalkboard labels on kitchen jarsFor the cookie jar I wanted the label to be a little larger since it was twice as big, but I didn’t have a larger stencil with the same design.

It was nice that there was a grid on the back of the contact paper, as I just free handed outside the line where I did the stencil to make it larger.

cookie jar

You may think that it seems strange that I did not do the traditional Flour & Sugar canisters.

glass jar canisters

The flour and sugar are not things that I use everyday in this house.  I actually don’t use the flour very often at all… (can you say box mix?).

But…. my husband makes his bowl of oatmeal every morning and puts brown sugar and raisins in it. So it only makes sense to put this in the jars.
oatmeal and brown sugar

I considered getting a smaller jar for the raisins too… but I thought it might end up looking too crowded in this space on my counter.  The refrigerator is directly on the left and the stove is just on the other side of the coffee maker.  So his raisins are in the cupboard above.
kitchen canister jars

On the other side of the counter is the 2 gallon cookie jar.

cookie jarCan you believe there are four different bags of cookies in there?  Well…. there are actually two of the four that only had part of them left. But there is still more room in this for more!!

chalkboard label for cookie jar

My only concern for these darling jars is that there is no rubber seal.  So I am hoping the cookies don’t get stale this summer. Sometimes looks out weigh the practicality right?

My husband did find that the brown sugar did become harder, quicker. He used a cellophane wrap over the top before the lid was put on.

This project was originally compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias 4/6/2011. But I’m reposting this post Feb 2013 and was not compensated again for it.

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56 Responses to “Make Your Own Chalkboard Jar Labels”
  1. Toni says:

    Very cute Sandy! Cant wait to see your entire kitchen finished! (and dining room too). :)


  2. Sandy says:

    Thanks Toni Dining room will be coming….. I have to get out the paint for that! lol

  3. Found you on Creations by Kara….great idea! I love the thought of being able to change up the labels as I never seem to put the same things in my jars two times in a row.

  4. Marina D. says:

    What a clever idea!! I love this! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Visiting from

  5. Sandy says:

    I didn’t think of that Chrystal! Yes.. it would be easy enough. I would just make extra labels when you are making them.

  6. Sandy says:

    Sure Marina! Thanks for visiting

  7. Debbie says:

    If the container the brown sugar is in doesn’t have a rubber seal, the sugar may dry out. If you store a few marshmallows or a slice of bread in there, it will soften up the sugar. :-) Very cute!

  8. Sandy says:

    oh… you might be right. But as fast as we tend to go through brown sugar, we might be ok. I’ll have to see… possible I might be using them for dog biscuits or wrapped snacks in the future! lol

  9. Jamie Escola says:

    Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing the step-by-step. There are so many other things to which this idea could be applied. From one organizer to the other, thanks for getting my wheels turning!

  10. Sandy says:

    sure! I’m working on some more myself as we speak! lol

  11. Great project! thanks for linking it up to our blog party.

  12. I love that! I also love that you made them original to the ones you use more often. I just stumbled this!

  13. How cute! I would totally buy these from someone if they made them!

  14. Sandy says:

    Thanks Jennifer!

  15. Sandy says:

    They aren’t hard to make at all Amanda using the contact paper!

  16. allysgrandma says:

    Omgosh, I love this idea!

  17. Love how these look, my counters need a makeover and declutter.

    Stop by and link up at my 2nd ed. Make and Share Friday! I’d love to have you!

    ~ Christy

  18. Roberta says:

    Oh no…I’m in so much trouble…love chalkboard labels…as you may remember from my Christmas posts ;) I’ll have to find me some of this contact paper for sure. Thanks for the link. btw…I did find the markers at Michael’s…they are not were you’d expect to find them though…next to the Sharpie’s in my store. Hope this helps, Roberta

  19. Sandy says:

    Oh thanks Roberta. I looked at JoAnns, Hobby Lobby, called Michaels and Walmart, Target and a couple others. Thank you

  20. Thanks for the great links! I wonder if I could run that contact paper through my Cricut . . . heaven help us all if I can! I’ll be labeling everything but the cat :))
    Cheers, Andrea

  21. Sandy says:

    If you can do other contact paper…. then there wouldn’t be any reason you couldn’t do this.

  22. Cute labels. You don’t have to make extras if you plan on using something else in the jar, though. The chalk can be erased using Windex on a towel. Just rub it on the surface of the label and it will come off. Then you can use the markers to write the new words on the same label sticker. :)

  23. andi says:

    love the contact paper idea. i am looking for a cheaper way to label my pantry containers than doing vinyl letters. thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Sandy says:

    Yes… I also learned on something else I made that it wipes off with just water.

  25. Suzanne says:

    Contact paper! I love how much simpler that is than painting something with the chalkboard paint.

  26. Sandy says:

    Yes.. that is what I thought! lol

  27. Leanne says:

    They turned out great. Thanks for linking to We’re Organized Wednesday.

  28. So cute!!

    I would love it if you would link it up to our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!!

    Also, stop in for a chance to win our 100 Follower Giveaway {{Beaded Watch & Hobby Lobby Gift Card}}

    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

  29. Liz says:

    i have the same jars..i always used them for rice. i’ve searched all over for rubber seals or something that will make them air tight. right now i have rice and beans and sugar in other containers, but i was thinking of putting it all back on the counter if i can give up the space :)

  30. Liz says:

    i forgot to add that i like your labels!!! very creative.

  31. Melinda says:

    Love them! I was thinking jars in the bathroom for cotton balls, etc would be cute done this way, too.

  32. Sandy says:

    Oh yes.. that would be darling.

  33. Denise says:

    Just an idea, but you might be able to just take a square of plastic wrap and put that under the lid to seal it. You could probably use a square of kitchen-y fabric on top of that with the edges sticking out and it would look like the mason jars of jams that they sell at all the craft fairs. The only problem with jars is that there is always air INSIDE the jar that makes the cookies stale/brown sugar hard.

    Has anyone tried the contact paper with the Cricut yet? Love the labels!!!!

  34. Kara says:

    I have got to get me some of that stuff. So dang cute! Thanks for linking up! :)

  35. Ivory says:

    I was wondering about the stencil. I was wondering where I could find that at?

  36. Sandy says:

    I had those from a long time ago – through Creative Memories. But I”m sure you can get them at any craft store like Joann’s or Michaels.

  37. Sudie says:

    Love this project. I have a thing for all things chalkboard. I would suggest a punch instead of using the template with an exacto knife, if available. Quick and easy!

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring.


  38. Sandy says:

    Thanks! Yes it would work if I had a punch that large. All my punches are smaller and for a smaller project it would work great. Good suggestion!

  39. Bonni says:

    Stumbled on your blog! LOVE it!!! You have the NEATEST ideas! If you are ever in central PA, could you stop in my place ….I need some ideas!! :)

  40. Kelly says:

    Could you you regular contact paper and chalk board spray paint or brush on chalk paint….it would be so much cheaper…..

  41. Sandy says:

    I have no idea. You can try it and let me know though. I would guess it would stick to the surface.

  42. Rita May says:

    You had me at ORGANIZE!!!! I’m your newest follower. I love to organize and was searching for chalkboard contact paper. When I get my project done and posted on MAY DAYS, I’ll link back here.

  43. Joan Weibel says:

    Hobby Lobby carries a variety of sizes of square jars with a clip snap design that has seals on them to make them airtight

  44. such a great idea! I love this blog! I so need to get organized in 2012!

  45. Susieqtpies says:

    Thanks for linking up in the Pinterest Party! I just gave you a big fat pin for this awesome post! Susie

  46. Sandy says:


  47. They look really great! Love the look!
    Please come share at:

  48. Sandy says:

    Thanks! I’ll check out your blog

  49. Jacquie says:

    Thanks for sharing the links! I’ve been looking everywhere.

  50. very cute and i’m sure much less expensive then some of the store bought

  51. Great idea on how to organize belongind on my kitchen. Looks great. I think it will be more than inteesting to make these jar labels. Thanks for sharing this decorating idea!

  52. Great idea!!! Love this!! Pinning!

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