Thanks for your encouraging words yesterday...actually, I like it better too!
Yesterday I spent about an hour wandering around Hobby Lobby trying to figure out how to make the labels for my new pantry bins. I wanted chalkboard, but I wanted it fast.
I looked at wooden tags that would involve painting. I didn’t want to wait for that. I looked for chalkboard vinyl paper. Couldn’t find any. While perusing the scrapbooking section, I decided just to buy one 33cent sheet of black cardstock.
At home I had some burlap. For a sturdy backing, I used a piece of cardboard that they put in the bag at Archiver’s to keep the scrapbook paper from bending. Any scrap of medium cardboard would work fine.
This photo shows a progression. Cut the cardboard to the desired size, glue it to a larger piece of burlap, then fray the edges of the burlap and trim to about 1/4”.
I used Fabri-Tac glue that I got at Hobby Lobby for applying my sons’ Boy Scout patches. It’s heavy duty stuff. You could probably just use regular glue, but it would take longer to dry. This stuff adhered almost instantly, like a glue gun without the burned fingers. I applied the glue right around and up to the edge of the cardboard so that the burlap wouldn’t fray beyond that edge.
Next , I cut the black cardstock slightly smaller than the cardboard pieces. I used regular chalk to write on it, which worked fine, but obviously you can’t erase it, so you’ve got to get it just how you want it the first time (or have an endless supply of black cardstock, which I didn’t).
The thing is, it smudged if you touched it. I needed some kind of fixative. I tried hairspray.
At first the chalk nearly disappeared, but once it dried, it looked fine again, and it didn’t smudge!
At this point, I consider the cardstock a temporary solution, so I just used a little piece of tape to stick it to the burlap tag. That way I can easily change it if I want to. (I know that technically you’re not supposed to store onions and potatoes together, but I’m a rebel.)
Rats. This morning it smudges.
Well, like I said, temporary. Liquid chalk or a white paint pen might be the solution here.
There you go! You get the idea. Cute labels for your pantry.