Chalkboard Spice Jars

Hi, friends! I thought I’d shared a quick little project with you today… I say quick, because in reality it took less than a few hours to complete, but would you believe me if I told you that I’ve been living with spices in unlabelled jars for the last six months?

See, I had good intentions. When I moved into my new apartment, I was aware that I had to do something about the giant bag of spices in a million different containers. So I went to ikea, and I bought some jars, and I put all the little bags of spices into their own pretty, matching jars. I was supposed to go out and buy chalkboard paint and a pen and label them way back in September. Then somehow, I got busy and forgot/got lazy and there were multiple times that I looked at the cayenne, paprika, and chili powder and had absolutely NO IDEA which one was which. Surprisingly, I did not have any cooking disasters as a result of this (thank you, good sense of smell). All of a sudden it was January and I was driving by the craft store and I this big wave of productivity hit me and I finally bought the supplies and went home and labelled those silly jars. And they turned out so lovely – why on earth did it take me so long to do it?!


If you are like I was, and your spice drawer/cupboard is a mess, or your spice rack is 10 years old and could use some refreshing, then I would really recommend you set aside a night in the next week or so and tackle this one.

Right now I have this little rolling kitchen cart, and the spices occupy their own little shelf, but I have visions of making wall rack/shelf for them in the future, when I have a bit more wall space in my kitchen. They’re seriously pretty enough to be displayed! You could use any little jar that you like, but I’m a fan of the ikea ones because they’ve got an opening that is wide enough for a teaspoon, and because they’ve got two flat surfaces so that I can display them in different ways. I used black chalkboard paint, but you could really buy any colour that you like – I was thinking white paint with some sort of pastel chalk would be really cute!



Spice Jars (I used these ones, from Ikea)*

Chalkboard Paint

Paint Brush

Chalk Pen, or thin Chalk

1. Paint a thin coat of chalkboard paint over the lid of your spice jar. Let dry for one hour, and then paint over with a second coat. Let dry overnight.

2. Use a chalkboard pen or chalk to label each spice jar.

3. Using a small funnel, pour each spice into it’s own labelled jar. Seal and display.

*I’m using about 25 jars right now, but I think you should individually determine what spices you use/need, and figure out how much you have room for. I bought some extra jars for when I have more space!