DIY Chalkboard Paint Jar

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I love the versatility that chalkboard paint gives containers and various items around the house. When you paint something with chalkboard paint, it allows you to label something for one use and then switch it easily at a later date.

There are so many ways you can use chalkboard paint in addition to just containers. Just do a search on Pinterest and you'll find so many fresh ideas for ways to use this creative medium. Some of these include:

  • painting entire walls which would be great for a playroom!
  • painting the front of a dresser in a kids room – we all know they love to draw on the walls, why not give them something to draw on!
  • placemats for table settings – an awesome addition to a casual dinner party. 
  • coffee mugs and wine glasses with chalkboard paint give them a customizable look with little expense.
  • painted stakes or planters for easy labeling of various herbs in your herb garden.

The ideas are truly endless and for some time now I've had a goal to use this fun paint in a creative way; today I decided to decorate a glass jar with it.

I used the chalkboard sign I painted on my jar to write “Art Supplies for Rainy Days,” but you could make one for each spice you want to display in a pretty jar in the kitchen, or you could fill the jar and give it away as a gift with either the name of the recipient written on the chalkboard sign, a cute saying, or anything else that would make it a unique gift.

You'll need these supplies:

  • glass jar
  • chalkboard paint
  • painter's tape
  • X-Acto knife

               

Chalkboard Paint Jar Tutorial:

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  1. Wash the jar with warm water and soap, then tape off a section of the jar that you want to become the chalkboard sign. I decided to make mine big enough for several words, but you could opt to make it pretty small for just one word.
  2. Then start painting the chalkboard paint on the glass. Paint in one direction first (vertically or horizontally), let the paint dry for at least 30 minutes, and then paint that section again, this time in the other direction.
  3. I painted three coats, but you could probably get away with two.
  4. When the paint is totally dry, take the X-Acto knife and trace around the inside edge of the blue tape or you could risk taking off the paint with the painter's tape. 
  5. Slowly remove the painter's tape and you're done — now you can get creative and decide what to store in the jar or container.

               

Extra Tip: Avoid storing things in this jar that requires you to wash it often because the chalkboard paint may not hold up over time. I'd suggest using it for items you'll leave in the jar for a while, like buttons, pens, office supplies, etc.

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What would you store in your chalkboard paint jar? The possibilities are endless. Let me know in a comment.

{Inspired by this photo. Images via Dagmar Bleasdale}

 

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DIY Chalkboard Paint Jar

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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