A Better Way to Label ~ Chalkboard Spray Paint

Remember my 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 had concerns about how durable the labels would be just modge podged on there.

I decided I wanted the flexibility of being able to change out the contents if necessary without reprinting and adhering new labels.

To be honest, I’m sure I spent way too much time thinking about how it would work best.

Somewhere in the rabbit hole of Pinterest, I saw a pin about using chalkboard paint to spray adhesive labels.  Then you use a chalk pen to write the contents.

It was the perfect solution.

Wanting to avoid the mess of actual chalk, I opted for chalk pens.

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!

If you are looking for a substitute, you can buy these circle stickers which can also be used for canning labels.

To make my medallions chalk, 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 these 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.

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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