You think it should be easy to label mason jars, right? Over the years, I tried everything to label mason jars. I found Whiteboard markers that worked but would rub off if you held the jar a certain way and dragged your finger across it. I tried labels that would fall off when I laid them over the raised parts of the jars. And, since there are many of raised lettering on the mason jars, I couldn't find a smooth place to add the label. The only smooth place was the top lid of the jars, which couldn't be used because I wouldn't see the labels when they were in my pantry. Oh boy, what an annoyance! But there was a solution.
Recently, I found a product that works well for labeling mason jars in my pantry. I also used a liquid chalkboard marker because it dries when you use it. If you need to wash the jar, it will remove but can easily be reapplied later.
Products Used for this DIY Project.
I needed a jumbo chalk marker and a roll of Scotch Chalkboard Tape. I found that the jumbo was much easier to read than a thin-tip marker. You can even pick various colors of chalk marker now.
This is it! It's a new product from Chalkboard Tape from Scotch (TM). It comes in a roll, and I could do all the above jars with ONE (1) roll. And I still have some of the tape left. You would need a chalkboard marker as well for this project.
Below are various versions of the Scotch Chalkboard tape and the chalkboard markers from Amazon.
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How to Make Your Own Labels for Your Mason Jars That Stick
Cut your tape to the length around the mason jar.
Cut your tape the length of the circumference of your mason jar. Some mason jars are larger than others, so measuring with this tape around the jar BEFORE cutting is best.
Write with a Dry Erase Marker on Level Surface.
Because there is probably raised writing on your mason jar, I recommend writing the label on a flat surface before affixing it on the jar. It was harder to write neatly when the label was affixed first.
Be sure to let it dry for a few minutes or it will smudge.
What do you think? Here is the finished product look. I love that the jar said perfection at the bottom. It is perfect when it is this easy to set up and organize. Do you agree?
The above photo is all my mason jars in my pantry.
I even used the labeling on the smaller mason jars as you can see above.
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Tips when doing this mason jar labeling project.
How to label mason jars, so they are lined up with one another?
If you want a uniform labeling look, line up the jars on their side.
Using a ruler, mark a line on all the mason jars with the dry-erase marker. This will give you a guide for where to place the Chalkboard tape.
Then, write the labels and let them dry for a few minutes.
After you are done with all the jars, affix the labels, you can wipe off the line on the mason jar with a paper towel.
Well, there you have it! I hope this helps you get your mason jar's label and your pantry organized. Please share other areas that these labels can be used. I would love to hear from you.
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is there a reason that you should tape around the whole jar? could you just use the size tape that fits the word(s) you are using? also would this work in the freezer or on other jars/containers?
Thanks for asking. The reason why I wrapped the jar with tape was that the jar was textured. I needed more smooth surface to keep the tape on the jar otherwise the tape would come up on the corners and remove easily when I wash them.
You can use thinner tape if you want. I have only tried labels from a label maker which were more durable than a thinner tape.
The 3M tape does work on other surfaces. Not sure about the freezer though. I hope this helps.
I've never seen this product, and I love the way it makes your pantry look so uniform and homey.
What a nice idea. I don't use mason jar for storage, but will pass this along to the folks I know who do use them. Hate when the ink rubs off before I want it to!
That is a nice product. I tried labeling them before with pieces of paper and tape, never seemed to work out very good.
Thanks for the tip on this product.
Oh I love mason jars! I even use a mason jar for drinking water or iced tea while I'm at my desk during the day. The labels look great so I'm definitely going to take a closer look. Thank you!
Looks great, as well as a good knack for organizing. Thanks for sharing! Definitely, something to try for.
The labels look great and your pantry so organized. It sounds as if the tape stays on nicely. How difficult is it to take off when you want it off to wash the jars and reuse for another purpose?
They are really easy to take off. They are very thin. Also, they wash well too. I wash them a few times in the dishwasher and they stayed affixed to the mason jar. You would need to rewrite the label with the chalkboard marker, though.
That chalkboard tape is brilliant. I can see it coming in handy for labeling many things and not just mason jars.
I love mason jars and use them for any and everything. ..food storage, soap dispenser etc. You are right though labeling had always been a problem. Anxious to try this tip.
Those labels look nice, Sabrina. Already do something different above all with spices because it enables me to re-use old jars.
I quite like the idea of identikit jars in the cupboard. I am a bit of a neat freak!
The labels look easy to make or perhaps it is because you are naturally creative.
I have very little time for home improvements though I can see the benefits. My daughter on the other hand is a crafts girl - she is always busy making models if one thing or another.
Looks good. Since I don't usually use mason jars it never occurred to me that this would be an issue. I could probably use this tape for freezing stuff, which I usually do in either freezer bags or plastic containers.
Neat and tidy! I have used masking tape and a permanent marker. I guess there are different quality masking tapes, as some fall off and others stick on like glue and are almost impossible to get off. Thanks for an effective alternative.
Very cool idea, Sabrina! I have indeed had difficulty with this in the past. I write on a pice of masking tape and stick it on. But you can't stick it on a cold or hot jar or the tape won't stick. Your solution looks much more orderly. Thx!
OMG, I had no idea that scotch chalk tape existed.. I NEED this in my life, you have no idea! haha!
Your labelled mason jars are so cute! Is that your hand writing. It is so perfect and neat. That looks like a totally achievable way to get more organized.