Chalkboard Jars for Easy Kitchen Storage

April 5, 2012Allison Murray

I have been gluten free for a little over a month. It has been a very tough transition for me. One of my stress relievers has always been baking. Without all-purpose flour all of my hard earned recipes are disasters and cause for a lot of upset. I decided that I needed to set myself up properly in order to get on with things and start baking in a gluten free kitchen. I’ve seen lots of chalkboard jars around the internet and knew that was just the ticket! I have gone through gluten free baking mixes, almond flour, coconut flour and so many others trying to find my perfect fit – that being able to wipe the slate clean and start over, is just what I need for my kitchen storage right now!

To make your own chalkboard jars, you’ll need the following:

Jars (the style I got I found at – Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart & Target), masking tape, scissors, plastic shopping bags, sandpaper, chalkboard spray paint, chalk.

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STEP 1: Remove the lid from your jar and tape off the area that you want to be a chalkboard. The jars I purchased had serrated edges around a square smooth expanse of glass. I used those edges to define my chalkboard area.

STEP 2: Take a plastic shopping bag and cut at the seams to make it a large, flat piece of plastic. First, frame the edges you have made with the plastic and tape on. Work your way around the entire chalkboard, folding the plastic as you go. Be sure to cover the whole jar with plastic, using another bag if necessary to protect from overspray. Tape an additional bag into the jar, taping it on just outside the jar’s lip. This way, you’ll be able to put your hand inside the jar to move around and easily spray it.

STEP 3: Sand the glass in the area that you will be painting, careful not to mess up your masking tape edge. I used a rougher grit sandpaper. Just as a note – the first go I tried I did not sand the glass, and the paint came off – don’t skip this step!

STEP 4: Use a lot of very fine coats, allowing to dry an hour between each of the chalkboard spray paint. I used 6 coats total.

STEP 5: Carefully remove the masking tape about an hour after you spray your last coat. Be careful, because the paint may still be tacky. If you wait too long, the paint might chip while you pull off the paint. Remove the bags and extra tape and allow to finish drying for a day or two. (I didn’t get any photos of this step because I got too excited!)

STEP 6: Fill your jar and prep the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over the surface and wiping clean. Be sure to put the name of the contents on your chalkboard and enjoy!

Comments (6)

  • monkeyjen

    May 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Hi – Are these washable? Is there anything special to do? I don't even have a dishwasher, btw.

  • Allison Murray

    May 10, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Hey, Jen – I've only ever hand washed them but they do okay. You do have to be a little careful with them. If you scratch the chalkboard surface it will take some paint with it. They've stood up well the past month. Before this I had used some acrylic type brush on chalkboard paint and it washed away – so definitely go with the spray kind…

  • Tina

    September 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    What did you use for the "chalk"…looks a lot skinnier than traditional chunky white chalk….Thank you…

  • Allison Murray

    September 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Hi, Tina- I used chalk markers I purchased at Hobby Lobby by the chalkboards for sale. I don't recall the brand (and I am out and about right now) but I will comment on the brand when I get back!

  • Allison Murray

    September 16, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    The chalk pens that I use on my jars I purchased at Hobby Lobby. They are 6mm Bistro Chalk Markers. The brand is "Uchida of America, Corp." They can be used on chalkboards and lightboards.

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