DIY Chalkboard Labels

I love the start of a new year…it always feels like a fresh new slate!  I’ve been pulling things off shelves and have made several trips to the store to pick up more organizational products.  I’m a huge fan of anything that helps my family better implement the systems I’ve set up in our home…these DIY Chalkboard Labels are a perfect addition to the new-to-me dresser in the boys room.  (I’ll fill you in on the dresser scoop real soon).

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Here’s a little tutorial on how to make DIY Chalkboard Labels!  All major craft stores sell chalkboard paint and a variety of cut wood shapes.  I chose the 3″ x 2″ plain rectangles for my labels.  I sanded both sides of each board, then on a protected surface covered the front and sides of each rectangle with paint, using a roller (sponge or brush would work, too)…as would the spray paint variety!

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Then I left the chalkboard paint to dry for a couple days.  When dry, I prepared the surface for use as a chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface.

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That’s it!  I erased the boards and started writing on the labels!


Since this dresser is used by my two little guys, I chose to write the label names with a Chalk Ink Marker, rather than traditional chalk which can be wiped away with one quick sweep of little fingers.  While writing with the chalk marker/chalk ink, I used a damp paper towel to rewrite my letters a couple times and get it just right.  Since this type of pen is usually intended for more porous surfaces (traditional chalkboards, glass, etc.) overtime, I may need to reapply a coat of chalkboard paint to change the wording.


To attach the labels to my boys’ dresser, I used a dab of glue from my hot glue gun. One day these labels will need to be removed or updated.  I’m always thankfully that hot glue is great about letting go when a season of change arrives!


And in case you’re wondering how it’s working…over a month later, they’re putting their folded clothes in the right drawers (I didn’t say they are staying folded…that would take a miracle).

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  1. Great idea, Aimee! I know what you mean about the clothes not staying folded. They get the clothes in the right drawers, but I’d love for them to close their drawers too…maybe I should make a chalkboard sign that says “Close your drawer!” 😉

  2. Cute idea – and I agree, clothes staying folded WOULD be a miracle 🙂

  3. Very cute idea! Little Bit from http://www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

  4. I love these! I made some similar but attached them to clothespin for clipping onto my linen closet baskets. Chalkboard paint is so versatile.

  5. I did not know chalkboard pens existed! How exciting 🙂 Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting my blog!

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