DIY Labels ~ Chalkboard Labels for the Pantry!

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Hey hey guys!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

I really appreciate all of your shares and pins on my printable banner letters!  I will be sharing even more later on this week!

Today I am sharing a quick tutorial on how I made my labels for my pantry makeover.  These are so simple, and now I am fighting the urge to make labels for the entire house ;-)!

I have 2 types of chalkboard labels.  The labels I am sharing today turned out like this…

These are super simple!  It’s all about finding the supplies.  I found everything on Amazon… I sort of LOVE Amazon.

I knew I wanted to have the look of a chalkboard, so I decided to use Chalkboard Contact Paper.  Here is the paper I bought from Amazon…

I wanted them to have a cute shape so I found this paper punch on Amazon as well… (You can also find this at a craft store and use a coupon if you prefer!)

Now the key is the ‘chalk’!  With 5 kiddos, chalk isn’t used much around here.  As soon as I write something cute, I have little fingers that like to wipe it all off.  So… I was so excited to find this wet-erase chalk pen!  Not only were my words much easier to write, the kids can’t mess them up near as easily!  Woohoo!  To erase it, you just get a damp paper towel or cloth and it wipes right off… LOVE.

That’s all you need to label pretty much your entire life.  I did all the labels you see in the picture, and didn’t use hardly any of the paper roll.

Here is the punch…

I made a whole bunch just by pushing it down… So easy!

I used my pen to label them…

Then, I just peeled the back off and stuck them on all of my containers!  Easy peasy!

How cute are those?? And I love that I have all the supplies handy to make more whenever I need them!

Hope you like them as much as I do!

I would love for you to share and pin this post below!

Let me know if you have any questions at all and have a great week!




  1. Jenni on October 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    How did you figure out how many cannisters of each type you would need? I am trying to calculate how much it will cost me to copy you :).

  2. Ashley Elizabeth on July 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Where do you get the clear ones with the handle? Above the air tight ones.

  3. Laura Thibeault on July 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    How much did all the containers cost you?

  4. Michelle Youmans Toomey on May 10, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I just bought all the label making supplies you suggest with my Mother’s Day Amazon gift card–can’t wait to get them and get started labeling!

  5. Cristina Rojas- The Batchmaker on April 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Hi! Sooo coool! Where did you get the clear jars for all your food?

  6. Ericka Garcia on April 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    was wondering if i could use Chalkboard Vinyl paper instead???

  7. Elva Gonzalez Akin on April 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the awesome idea! I just ordered my supplies. Can’t wait to make my labels!

  8. Dana on April 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

    LOVE all your organization tips. Do you remember where you got the plastic baskets with the handle? The ones holding your peanut butter etc?

  9. Angela on April 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Your pantry looks amazing! One thing I would add is putting expiration dates on the labels for those things that are no longer in their original packaging. While many things get eaten quickly, I do end up with some things that expire. Maybe better visibility of items might help me eliminate that problem! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Amy Little Salmon on February 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Great pantry! I have a few those flip-top containers, but they were a bit pricey, so I also got some screw top ones (almost the same body) that contained salsa first. (Bought from Smart & Final.)

  11. Caroline Fay on February 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I love this! It is great! I can’t wait to get started on it. Thanks this is going to be very useful for me. Just a wonderful idea.

  12. gwennie on February 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    i haven’t been very pleased when i’ve used chalkboard paint, this paper might just be the solution!

  13. Cynthia Taylor on February 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    WOW! Thanks for the post! I had no idea about the chalk or adhesive calk board.. Great ideas.

  14. Tina Lassiter on February 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Just a question about the canned food storage bins. I’ve seen a lot that are OK, but I like the ones that you used better. Where did you find them at?

  15. Brandy K Olson on February 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I have looked on both and bed bath and beyond and I can’t find the can organizer you are using, its driving me crazy, PLEASE HELP!!!! thank you

    • diane on March 7, 2014 at 10:04 am

      she made it!

  16. Stef on January 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I found you via google search and boy am I glad I did! What a *TERRIFIC* idea! I LOVE how organized your pantry is! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  17. Jaimee Price Nelson on January 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I love the way this looks! where did you find the containers?

  18. Lauren Fenimore on January 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I love this idea and have been wanting to do something like this with my own pantry. Are all your plastic containers the same size and raised on a platform in the back row or are the ones in back a larger, taller size? My pantry shelves are rather deep and cans and boxes are always getting lost and forgotten in the back!

    • Brenda Dodd on May 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      I’d like to know as well. But love the idea of putting a platform (out of a plain painted 2×4 stacked and painted). This way you can just buy all one size.

  19. Donna McBroom-Theriot on December 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I just ordered chalkboard labels and they were a tad expensive. When I saw your idea, I jumped over to Amazon and ordered all three of these. THanks for the great idea!

  20. Karen Brewer Irizarry on December 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I love, love, love your pantry!

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