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Chalkboard Kitchen Labels


In my quest for attractive organization I bought some glass containers for the kitchen.  They are simple, square jars that I thought could be useful for day-to-day items I didn’t want to keep in the pantry since our pantry isn’t actually inside our kitchen.  We’re insanely short on counter space in the kitchen, so as tempted as I was to have pretty labelled jars on the counter, the tiny space left on the shelf beside the microwave won!

Truth be told – I did this weeks ago, but it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, and that was entirely my fault.  I tried too hard to make the writing on the labels seem like my regular handwriting, and I don’t even like my own handwriting, so naturally I hated the way it looked.  Of course I’m going to share that with you!

chalkboard jar CollageSo that’s what the shelf looked like for the last few weeks.  It only really bothered me for a few days, but every time I thought about other people seeing them, I felt uneasy.  Yes, I know how silly that may seem, but in this life we have control over very, very few things.  I am someone who likes to control everything, and suddenly this blog post has turned into a therapy session?  Anyway, I can control this, so I did!  I changed it.  Want to see how much better it looks?

chalkboard labels 2

If you guessed that this is not my handwriting, you are correct!  I cheated… I found a font I really liked (2 actually) and I printed out the words and transferred them onto the labels (step 1).  How?  I cut them all out, rubbed chalk on the back of the paper (step 2), grabbed my labels (step 3), taped them onto the labels (step 4), and transferred the words by tracing around them with a pen (step 5).  Ever done this before?  I used to do this as a kid all the time when tracing wasn’t an option, but with lead rubbed on the back of the paper instead.  Anyway, what I’m saying is this is a tried and true method here folks!  Check it out:


chalkboard jar 2 CollageThen I sat back for a second and admired how amazingly this had worked (step 6)!!  I went over the writing with a marker because I don’t want these to rub off easily since they will be handled often.  The Dry-Erase Crayons I used the first time were actually pretty fantastic as well, but I’d rather use them for other projects, plus I would have had to sharpen them about 15 times to get through these.

chalkboard labels 3And that’s what the shelf looks like now.  It’s so much better I actually WANT to look at it all the time!  And I’m super happy with how the marker looks too.  This is going to be a technique I’m sure I’ll use a lot once the chalkboard I have been working on for the living room is complete.

I do love The Nester’s motto “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”, and this is by no means perfect, but it’s much closer to it now the words are at least straight, right?? (That was for you Cheryl and Jon, if you get to read this!)



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  • Reply Megan

    Such a great idea! I love the font that you chose to use. Megan

    December 21, 2012 at 10:09 am
    • Reply thelearnerobserver

      Thanks!! I should really post a link to the font since it’s free ;)
      P.S. – Been checking out your blog. New fave!!! Amazing stuff!

      December 21, 2012 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Karie

    adorable! Stopping by via Happy Hour!

    December 23, 2012 at 12:54 am
  • Reply Gail (@repurposedlife)

    I’ve used that technique too. :)
    but I have to say that I think your handwriting looked great, you’re too hard on yourself. :)

    December 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    • Reply thelearnerobserver

      Oh thank you Gail! That makes me feel better about the pantry labels I plan on using my own handwriting for :)

      December 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Alice (@mumsmakelists)

    These are fab!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive – we’re focusing this week on all the amazing things you can do with chalk board, Alice x

    June 25, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Hi Alice,

      Thanks so much for the invite! I have linked up, and checked out some of the awesome ideas already on your blog too!!

      June 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm

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