MYO Chalkboard Labels For 2-Part Canning Lids

by Tammy Taylor~

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So I love to dehydrate food.  My pantry is filled with gleaming jars of dehydrated produce.  I’ve got sliced and diced carrots, sliced & diced onions, squash, okra and more.  Pretty much anything I’ve grown in my garden I’ve dehydrated.  I’ve turned into quite the dehydrating queen since obtaining my *Excalibur Dehydrator.  Heck those 9 huge trays let me dehydrate so much more than I ever could before!  When that produce is dehydrated I place them in clean jars in the pantry.  I wanted to have chalkboard labels for my jars.

Chalkboard Labels on jars in the pantry. I wanted chalkboard labels for the top of my storage jars. But I found a way to make them myself for CHEAP! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I’d previously bought these reusable *chalkboard labels for the faces of the jars.  They look great and are reusable.  And better still, when that jar of carrots is empty I simply wipe off the text and use the chalkboard pen write the new contents of the jar. Now that’s efficient!  LOL

Chalkboard Labels on jars in the pantry. #TaylorMadeHomestead

But when they’re all stacked on the pantry shelf, it’s sometimes hard to see what’s contained in the jars behind those in the front row.  I needed a way to easily label the top of the jar when needed.  That way I could see over the jars in front & still know the contents of the jars behind them.

A DIY Challenge

I went shopping for chalkboard labels I could put on top of the lid.  Of course they’re out there but I wondered…  can I make that myself?

I first tried to make my own chalkboard paint using charcoal tabs, water & baking soda.  But even though I lightly sanded the flat lids first, my homemade paint didn’t stick.  #DIYfail.  Back to the drawing board.

I guess I’ll just have to buy chalkboard paint & use it to paint the lids.  But wait, I’ve got an idea. You know how bright ideas are, sometimes that’s a good thing & sometimes…

No?  Just me?  (eh hemmm…) Moving on.

Make Your OWN Chalkboard Labels

I got a piece of black construction paper and traced the flat lid shape onto it and cut out the circle shape.  I placed it on the flat part of the lids, screwed on the ring and gave it a try. It was perfect and made identifying contents in the back rows easier.

Notice how hard it is to read the other labels in back rows?    OK, ok, don’t act like you’re not secretly jealous of my uppity duct-tape labels.  If you work hard, go to school & study maybe you too can have such niceties. LOL

But the lid marking of the carrots in the second row is much easier to read than a piece of tape marking the lid of some of the other jars. Of course not all of my storage jars are canning jars so I’ll need to think about a solution for those repurposed jars not using a 2-part lid.

Chalkboard Labels on jars in the pantry. I wanted chalkboard labels for the top of my storage jars. But I found a way to make them myself for CHEAP! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Although it’s apparent that I need to practice my spacing and/or sharpen my chalk, it worked great.  I don’t always store dehydrated goods in my canning jars but when I do this will be my go-to addition in labeling.  And no money spent.  SCORE!

Chalkboard Labels on jars in the pantry. I wanted chalkboard labels for the top of my storage jars. But I found a way to make them myself for CHEAP! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Use Whatcha Got, y’all.

~TMH~

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6 thoughts on “MYO Chalkboard Labels For 2-Part Canning Lids

    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I sharpened this piece of chalk down to a point Nancy. But it’s so different than just writing with a pen or something. I need to practice my spacing with such thick lines. LOL ~TMH~

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  1. Mrs Shoes

    I’ve never really thought about dehydrating, as I’ve always canned. But, I find I don’t enjoy the task so much as I did when I was younger; cooking in summer… so hot. While your post is about labels, I think you’ve actually convinced me to try dehydrating my next garden!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Careful Mrs Shoes – it’s addictive! But now, during the cold winter months, is where those dehydrated veggies really shine. I absolutely love warm soups on a cold day and I enjoy the bounty from my garden. Plus when they’re dehydrated they take up so little space in the pantry and no additional energy to store like they would if I had to have them in the freezer or fridge. Oh yeah, I love it! ~TMH~

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  2. Brenda

    Walmart has a spray cb paint for under5$. I’ve had a can for about 5 yrs. I spray lids, fronts of shelves, shop cabinet doors (handy for keeping track of cut lists for woodworking), etc.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      That’s where I was headed when my DIY pain failed, Brenda – to Walmart to just purchase the paint. I knew it would be cheap but was also pretty sure this was the only thing I’d use it on. But black construction paper worked beautifully, I’m so thrilled with it. And FREE? Oh yeah, that’s in my budget. #UseWhatchaGot ~TMH~

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