Make your decor | Chalkboard painted spice jars

June 25, 2014


There are a ton of things in my kitchen that require a bit of a makeover. Not just small things either – last year I managed to pull the pantry door off its hinges and onto my head. And to this day it remains unfixed (the pantry door, not my head – although I suppose that’s debatable really).

Anyhow, as much as the pantry door (or lack thereof) pains me, I thought I’d start by tackling something small and giving my spice jars some attention. And after you’ve seen how truly easy this DIY is, you might decide to do the same thing! If that’s the case, just follow along below for a simple and pretty kitchen project…


  • Glass chalkboard paint
  • Glass jars
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape


Step 1

Give your jars a good wash and once they’re dry, mark out a triangle at the bottom of the jar using your painter’s tape.


Step 2

Fill in the triangle with your glass chalkboard paint. Don’t be too alarmed if you can see your brush strokes as you paint – you’ll need to do this several times so that you have two or three coats, and by the time you’ve done your third coat, all the streaks will be gone.


Step 3

Once you’ve done two or three coats on one side of the jar, flip it over and repeat steps 1 to 2 on the other side. Then when everything’s dry, peel off the painter’s tape.


Step 4

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to cure your paint. For me, this involved waiting 4 days for the paint to dry (I know right, that’s AGES), and then firing it in the oven.

And there you have it – spiffy jars that’ll really jazz up your spices!



Oh, and guess what else? Painting triangles on two sides of each jar wasn’t just for the fun of it – it’s so you can write the name of the spice on one side, and the expiry date on the other.


There you go, they’re good looking and functional. Now go forth and spice up your life!

xx Steph

21 thoughts on “Make your decor | Chalkboard painted spice jars

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        1. makeandtell Post author

          Hi Sandy, yes I’m in Australia. I’m sorry to hear that you can’t have those jars shipped over to where you are – but I have found jars in the US that are quite similar – the only extra thing you’d need to do to get the same look as my jars is to spray paint the lids white. I hope that helps! 🙂

    1. makeandtell Post author

      Hi Erica, I got the 110ml square glass jars with white metal lids. They’re a great size for spices and also a good size for storing small pieces of office stationery like paper clips 😉

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  6. Norie

    I have just taken the labels off those original spice jars so I can buy the stick on chalk labels but I think this is a way better idea. Love that your Aussie!!

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