A Better Way to Label ~ Chalkboard Spray Paint

Remember the cheap organizing containers that I repurposed from cashew containers I bought at Sam’s?

Well, I never did end up putting those printable labels on them.  I really wondered how durable it would be to have a paper label mod podge on there.  And I wanted to be able to change out the contents if necessary without reprinting and gluing labels.

I honestly probably spent waaaay too much time thinking about how it would work best.

I just love Pinterest for situations like this.  A pin on there showed how someone had spray painted some canning labels with chalkboard paint and written what the contents were with chalk.

It was the perfect solution.

Wanting to avoid the mess of actual chalk, I opted for a chalk pen.  I couldn’t find one locally so I ordered this chalk pen set from Amazon, 4-Piece Bistro Chalk Marker Set.

The spray paint I bought was your standard, Krylon Black Chalkboard Spray Paint.

Now the labels were the best part.  I was shopping at Dollar Tree, (that store has some great stuff).  I came across these wall decals…

There are actually 24 circles in the pack and the whole pack was $1!

I simply spray-painted the decals and let them dry for about 20 minutes.

The chalk pens were great to work with, but I’m thinking smaller-tipped ones like the, 1mm White Chalk Pen Marker would work better for thinner writing.

So here is the end result…


It worked beautifully and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out.  The writing does not rub off when you touch it, (after it dries of course).

To wipe the writing off, you just need a wet paper towel.  I did read the reviews and some people said you needed to use nail polish remover but I didn’t find that to be the case.

It seems like the fads go in waves on Pinterest.  For instance, when I first got on there it was all about Mason Canning Jars, then it went to burlap, and then chalkboard paint and I think I repinned a lot of those ideas.

So are you inspired by Pinterest too?

2 thoughts on “A Better Way to Label ~ Chalkboard Spray Paint”

  1. Do you remember if the paint sticks to glass, or metal? I think I would be tempted to paint most of the jar, or at least the entire lid, with the paint. Then I would go crazy writing on them. 🙂 I would probably write entire recipes on the jars, if they don’t rub off easily!

    • Hi Laura, I never tried the paint on metal or glass but when I googled it, it looks like you can! So great idea! Also, I’ll tell you that the chalk pens do not smudge easily, (unless of course, they get wet). Thank you for the comment…you’ve inspired me!


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