DIY: Chalkboard Glass Jars (Repurposed Vases, Containers)

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Here is an easy and inexpensive project you can make – Chalkboard Glass Jars. I simply repurposed some applesauce jars.

This is not the first time I’ve repurposed jars. I even personalized a jar to remind me of a beach vacation. There are so many cool things you could do with jars. They don’t necessarily have to be decorative. Jars can be repurposed to store items in your pantry or to hold office supplies. You could even use it hold utensils for a casual gathering.

For this project, I used chalkboard paint on my jars instead of scrapbook paper.

Projects using chalkboard paint are popular because they give your item flexibility in it’s purpose and style. All you have to do is change the words written or the pictures drawn and the item is transformed.


I am currently using the jars as Valentine’s Day décor. I drew a heart on the middle jar and parts of the arrow on both sides. (Find other Valentine’s Day ideas HERE.) Imagine what other fun drawings, words or quotes you could put on the jars whenever you feel like it. The possibilities are endless.

The materials I used for this project were jars (formerly apple sauce jars), painters tape, paint brush and gray chalkboard paint. I used Marthda Martha Stewart Crafts™ Multi-Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Paint in gray instead of the standard black.


I wanted to paint the middle part of the jars so I first placed blue painter’s tape at the top and bottom.


I then applied the chalkboard paint. I did 3 coats with at least 1 hour drying time between coats. I painted another coat after drying overnight – this was the 4th coat. I removed the blue painter’s tape. I waited another 24 hours. I lightly rubbed the entire surface with white chalk and wiped it off.

What would you do with chalkboard painted jars – use them as a vase or to hold craft supplies?

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays and The Frugal Girls!)


  1. I like this idea…I may use it for something similar

  2. They are so cute! Hopefully I can find time to make them soon

  3. That’s adorable! What a great idea…I really need to get some chalkboard paint. I’ve never tried it, but keep seeing the cutest projects! Would you consider sharing here, pretty pretty please?

  4. Who doesn’t love a great chalkboard? I love that this is gray color instead of black! Looks great.

  5. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    This turned out fantastic!! I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party.

  6. Genius! I love what you have done with them and your ideas for craft storage or for the pantry. I have pinned this. I am a new Twitter follower visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky from Mess For Less

  7. I’ve been eying chalk board wine glasses and jars for a while now. I love that I can do it my self an it looks so easy! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Great idea…I’m likin’ you on FB. Thanks for sharing your great ideas…Lori

  9. Love these. Especially love it with the heart & arrow covering all three…very cool. Would be delighted for you to link up to my brand new shindig at:

  10. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello and I would love it if you would share this with our readers too for Fun Stuff Fridays!

  11. Can you do this on wine glasses or mugs? Is it dishwasher safe or do you have to wash by hand?

  12. does the chalk wash off when you wash the jar? Seems like a silly question but I tried this once and the minute water hit them, the chalk ran off. It was very disappointing..

  13. Lovely Idea!
    I used this post on my blog (with the source).

    Thank you, for sharing! 🙂


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