If the weather the past couple of days is anything to go by, then spring has finally arrived! Which, in my life, means it’s time to begin Spring Cleaning. First on my list is my itty bitty kitchen, and what I really need in there are some chalkboard labels for my storage jars.
DIY Chalkboard Labels
Contact paper (or thick paper will work)
My stencil (or one of your choosing)
Glue (dealer’s choice – I used Elmer’s)
Step 1: Cut out your stencil and trace it onto a piece of contact paper. If you need to use regular copy paper, that will still work, though your label won’t be as sturdy.
Step 2) Start painting. Load your brush with paint and don’t be stingy. Start in the middle and use short strokes to work your way toward the edges. Keep your strokes moving in the same direction. I worked horizontally.
It takes some patience on the contact paper because of the glossy finish, but the paint will hold.
Step 3) Keep painting. Once you have an even layer of paint over the label, pick up just a bit more on your brush and paint long strokes over the label from edge to edge. Add paint to your brush if you start to see gaps in the paint again.
This picture gives you an idea of the strokes and the amount of covering you want to have.
If you see areas of the label with more paint than others (like the glob in the picture above near the right edge), use your brush to smooth the paint out. You want your final layer of paint to be thin and evenly distributed with no visible gaps or bubbles.
If you’re using regular copy paper or card stock, you’ll have an easier time of the painting step. Matte paper takes the paint much better. However, keep an eye on the copy paper because it has a tendency to curl up as it dries, which the card stock and contact paper don’t share, thank goodness.
Step 4) Let it dry. Once you’re satisfied with the coverage, set your labels in a dry place where they won’t be disturbed. They’ll need to sit for quite some time because it will take longer than the packaging says for them to dry. My labels took 3 hours to dry fully, and my paint is supposed to dry within an hour.
Step 5) Condition your new chalkboard. Take a piece of chalk and rub the side of it all over your new chalkboard label. This is called “conditioning” the chalkboard.
Step 6) Affix your label. I added a very small dot of Elmer’s glue to each corner point of my label for an extra strong hold on my jar. But the contact paper should stick just fine.
If you’re using copy paper or card stock, consider using glue dots or something similar rather than wet glue. Wet glue can make the paper wrinkle on your jar if you use too much.
Center the label on your jar and carefully smooth the label into place. If you’re using glue, run the side of a pencil gently over the label to squeeze out any excess and wipe away.
All done and so pretty!
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