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5 minute DIY: Chalkboard labels

Posted by Melissa Massello  January 9, 2013 02:00 PM

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I'm doing a fair amount of organizing in my home at the moment. While some of my projects are bigger and long-term, here's a quick and easy one that instantly upgrades a problem area for many people: the pantry.

Bulk storage has gone beyond generic canisters for sugar and tea; just having multiple types of flour or stocking dried beans requires something a little more flexible. Cue the chalkboard trend — erasable labels for the pantry. But why buy when you can DIY? In just 5 minutes, you'll have updated your storage containers and jars with the look of fancy chalkboard labels for half the cost.

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What you'll need:
Black contact paper
• Scissors
• Chalk, chalk pen, or dry erase crayons
• Jars or storage containers
• Pen or pencil
• Printer

1. Find an image of a shape you like (ovals, decorative rectangle, heart, etc.), resize to your liking, and print it out to use as your template. Cut out your shape.
2. Trace your shape onto the backside of the contact paper. Repeat for as many labels you need.
3. Cut out your labels.
4. Peel off the backing paper, affix onto your containers, and they're ready to fill and label!

Have any crafty ways you organize your pantry? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!

~Tara

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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