DIY Chalkboard Paper (and Free Download)

Boo and I have been working on organizing her toys as part of our “Getting Organized” project. It was too hard to find chalkboard paper around here for labels so I made my own using chalkboard spray paint and regular adhesive shelving paper.


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First, I had my Silhouette machine cut out the labels onto a piece of contact paper (you can download the Silhouette template file further down the post):


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Next I sprayed a light coat of Chalkboard paint across the labels not entirely covering them. Once that was dry I sprayed a second coat to fill in all the thin areas:

(Note: to keep your paper from curling you can use a glue stick to tack the backing of the labels down onto cardboard or cardstock)


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It’s easy to make a large batch of labels at once!


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When the labels are completely dry, carefully peel them from the backing and apply where you like:


Click below to download my label template for the Silhouette machine:


If you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can download these vintage labels and use them as a template:

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One of my first projects was organizing Boo’s closet and toys. I like to use clear containers when organizing so that I can see what is in them.  Chalkboard labels keep everything organized with a specific “home” for each type of toy….and as Boo outgrows toys we can easily change the labels to reflect her new ones!


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Stay tuned for more as I get my household in order!

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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


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    Wow – I just stumbled on your site and am in awe of all your creativity! Such fun; I’ll be bookmarking your page ;) Love, love, love the huge canvases that the kids paint and you’ve inspired me to “let go” a little and let the (my) kids do one! Maybe they’ll find it more interesting than just a piece of paper! LOL Awesome….

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    LOVE! Thank you for sharing. We are about to do the BIG “Getting Organized” at our house too. Only I have to do it for 4 kids and myself. It’s gonna take a while…

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    Laura Jane says:

    LOVE this!!
    THANKS so much!

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    taci | Pish Posh Styling says:

    O0000Oh !! Lil Boo has good stuff!! ;) This is awesome! Thanks!!

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    These are so cool! I’m in the middle of organizing all my craft supplies & I am definitely contemplating chalkboard labels now!

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    amanda onstott says:

    glad to see i’m not the only one that doesn’t have any lids left for storage containers…seriously, somhow they all dissapear on me! lol! HAVE to do this…but find a way without the silhouette machine! would love one, but just not in the budget right now!

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    So super – I always wish someone would invent these for my tupperware in the fridge too.
    Any suggestions on where to get contact paper (or an explanation of what it is exactly? Vinyl paper?)

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    I love this series… we are in full~organization mode around the ranch, too… The labels are a great idea! Thanks you.

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    How clever! I’ve always wanted to get some chalkboard contact paper, but no one seems to carry it locally. Now I can just make my own. :) Thanks!

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    1 Funky Woman says:

    I am loving this idea! My daughter could use some of these to organize her toys too!


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    Do you think Avery Labels would work just the same or would the paper just break down?

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    Courtney says:

    I would love to see the shelf you’ve got all those on – it looks like it’s got a small bookshelf and then a hang rod for your waldorf doll clothes – is that right?

    We are in the middle of redoing my daughters room (who is with 6 months of Boo in age) and I LOVE this idea, toy and dress up storage is currently my biggest hurdle in trying to figure out the new space. Thanks so much!

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    Manola Chong says:

    You make it sound so easy! DOH!!! I’ve been searching for chalkboard contact but to no end … now I can make my own.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea
    Manola :)

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    Wow, I’ve never seen a kid’s closet so organized.

    This is such a fun, helpful series. And, I would LOVEEEE to see more of your home.. or even just your closets! Man, my closets are a disaster in comparison. I love how easy it is to find things in these clear boxes with the chalkboard labels.

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    Thank you, this is a lovely idea!

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    I am sooooo looking forward to your organizing series. Love, love, love your blog….thanks :)

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    I was wondering the same thing as Jenna asked above — do you think you could do this with Avery labels? I have those on hand and no Silhouette, so I may give it a shot when I get ahold of some chalkboard paint. =)

    Mara @ Super Savings

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    Can’t wait to try this out!

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    Thank you so much for the idea! I made my own and just wrote about it here:

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    Hi there! I just wanted to thank you for the inspiration. I found your link on pinterest and it inspired me to make my own. Thanks again, have a great weekend!


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    Great Idea! I will have to try this! I was also thinking that using a chalk marker would be great to use on these. They are liquid chalk and got on so much smoother than regular chalk. They are also wet erase, so they don’t smudge or get accidentally wiped off by little fingers but come off super easy with a damp cloth. You can buy them at most crafts stores, usually with the paint pens. Thanks for the fun idea!

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    I happened to see this today and I am totally going to use this idea!! Love the silhouette!

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    This is a great idea especially for a craft room. I’m thinking of doing some of these for that specifically. Great idea. Although, one question, is is neccessary to use the chalk spray paint on these if the paper has a sticker vynal backing?

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    Del Marie Riley says:

    When I searched “Can you use chalkboard paint on paper,” I was happy to see your blog pop up. I’m a regular follower, and I know I can trust what you write, your opinions, and awesome projects. For now on, I’m just going to come and search here FIRST. I enjoy your blog very much. You are very talented and I love how you encourage Boo to express herself through art, her words, and her actions. (Her random act of kindness, giving little gifts to strangers, is on my mind frequently. I want to do my own little version too.) Thank you for all you do and sharing yourself with us.


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