How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Labels ~ Easily turn purchased labels that are the wrong colour into chalkboard labels!
Have you ever bought a package of self-adhesive labels for certain colours in the package and you only wanted to use some of them? That happened to me recently when a bought packages of labels to label the storage boxes in my craft room. It had green labels that matched perfectly with the colour scheme. But the package also came with other colours that I didn’t really have a use for.
Have you also ever bought something with an intended purpose in mind but then changed your mind about using them? That’s what happened when I bought a couple of packages of dry erase labels from the Martha Stewart product line at Staples.
My choices were to use them and not really be content with the look or give them away to the thrift store. I couldn’t just throw them out because they were still very usable.
I have always liked the look of chalkboard labels but have had difficulty finding quality ones and when I did I found they were just too pricey for my budget.
So I had one of those ‘aha’ moments and decided to make my own. I can’t believe how easy they are to make…
I had these extra labels and I had some leftover chalkboard spray paint from noticed Milk Cartons Turned Into Chalkboard Paint Herb Pots. I knew what to do!
I made my own chalkboard labels by spray painting with chalkboard spray paint the extra labels that I didn’t have a use for. Now I have loads of chalkboard paint labels and I am having fun labelling all kinds of things in the craft room!
In keeping things real I want to mention that the dry erase labels were not as successfully painted as the plain ones. If you choose to spray paint these labels I recommend first giving them a coat of spray paint primer.
The other tip I have is that the spray from the can will move the labels around so I recommend wearing disposable vinyl gloves so you can use one hand to hold the labels securely and the other hand to do the painting. Or another smart solution is to tape each label sheet done before painting. I think this is something I will do next time.
Whenever I spray paint something I always give the project more than one coats of spray paint and the first coating is always very light. For this project a second coating was all that was necessary to give the labels a good covering. I give more detailed how to spray paint instructions in the post Inexpensive Easy To Make Chalkboard Sign.
Materials For How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Labels
- Self-adhesive labels
- Spray paint primer (optional)
- Disposable vinyl gloves
- Black chalkboard spray paint
- White pencil crayon
Instructions for How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Labels
Set up your location where you are going to spray paint.
Spread the labels evenly across and secure with tape if you are using this method.
Spray paint the labels with primer if you are following this step.
Lightly give the labels a first coating of the black chalkboard spray paint. Let dry for about 30 minutes.
Spray a second coating over the labels so the entire label is covered. Let dry for about an hour.
This is what they look like with two coats of the chalkboard spray paint.
I have to admit I didn’t do any labelling till the paint dried for 24 hours just to be sure. Then I just used a white pencil crayon to make the labels.
I am so happy I was able to repurpose unsuitable labels and I could not believe how easy this little project was!
Here are some of the things I labeled in my craft room with my new chalkboard labels.
I have several bins I want to label in the closet in the mudroom and in the garage now!
This is so super easy to do!