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Chalkboard cookie jar for Valentine’s Day

by: Chica

Chalkboard cookie jar for Valentine’s Day
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We recently got a sneak peek of a new product from DecoArt and I’m so excited to tell you all about the project I created with it. I’m even more excited to tell you we’ve got a great giveaway of DecoArt products to go with it! More details about the giveaway at the end of this tutorial, but for now let me tell you about glass chalkboard paint.

DecoArt is introducing a new Americana® Glass Chalkboard Paint that’s made specifically for use on glass, and — get this — it’s dishwasher safe!

I decided to use the glass chalkboard paint on a glass cookie jar, so I gathered all the supplies I would need — the paint, some rubbing alcohol, a paper towel, some masking tape, and a cosmetic wedge for applying the paint.

chalkboard cookie jar for Valentine's Day

Preparation of the surface is key with any paint, and especially this one. I used some rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to clean the glass thoroughly, to be sure there weren’t any oils from fingerprints. Then I set the jar on a towel to keep it from rolling, and I masked off a rectangular frame with the masking tape.

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Next, I used the cosmetic wedge to dab the paint onto the jar. If you’ve never used one of these for paint before, I recommend you give it a try. It’s a great way to create a smooth painted surface with no brushstrokes, and it’s the ideal applicator for this chalkboard paint.

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One coat of paint isn’t enough for a good solid coverage, so I did three coats until I got a perfectly smooth and rich black surface. Be sure to let each coat dry thoroughly before adding the next. When I was satisfied with the coverage, I removed the tape.

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The most important part of this process comes next — you’ve got to let the paint cure and then bake it. I let my painted jar sit on a shelf for 4 days to be sure it was completely dry, then I baked it in the oven, according to package directions. It may be frustrating to have to wait so long to dry, but the results are worth it, because the finished piece will be dishwasher safe. Amazing!

Once the paint was all dried and cured, the next step was to condition it. My niece, Squirt, was eager to help me with this part. She rubbed a piece of chalk over the entire surface, then wiped it off with a paper towel.

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Once conditioned, I was amazed at how well the paint took chalk. Squirt played around with it for quite a while, writing lots of messages on it. Each time, the chalk showed up bright and clear, and wiped away easily with just a paper towel.

chalkboard cookie jar for Valentine's Day

The cookie jar was pretty neat already, but I wanted to decorate it for Valentine’s Day. I also wanted the decoration to be removable so I could change it for other holidays. The solution was a package of cling vinyl that I found in a variety of colors.

chalkboard cookie jar for Valentine's Day

While Squirt was drawing on the chalkboard, I traced a heart shape onto the back of the red and white vinyl and then cut a bunch of them out.

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Then I wrote my final message on the chalkboard and stuck the hearts all around it, like a frame. I found that I had to spritz a light mist of water on the back of the vinyl to get it to stick. This was probably because my pieces were small and parts of them overlapped the chalkboard, which wasn’t a shiny-smooth surface.

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It only took a minute or two to create a sweet frame of hearts!

chalkboard cookie jar for Valentine's Day

My favorite part about this project is that I can replace the hearts with other shapes for other seasons. I’ll be sure to share the results with you in the future.

chalkboard cookie jar for Valentine's Day

And now for that giveaway I told you about! Check out the basket full of DecoArt goodies we have to give to one of you lucky readers.

chalkboard cookie jar for Valentine's Day

The winner will get a heart-shaped bucket filled with a selection of Americana® acrylic paints, some DecoPage medium, some regular Americana® Chalkboard Paint (sorry, the Glass Chalkboard Paint isn’t available quite yet, but it’s coming soon!!), a few bottles of Craft Twinkles glitter paint, some SoSoft fabric paint, and a Kaleidoscope accent stencil. If this collection doesn’t inspire you to get crafty, I’m not sure what will!

To enter our giveaway, all you’ve got to do is leave a comment on this page giving me an idea for another shape I could use for the frame on my cookie jar. For example, I think holly leaves would look great at Christmas. We’ll give you a week, then draw one lucky winner at random on February 21st.

Good luck!

RULES: One entry per person (determined by e-mail address). One winner will be chosen at random from all valid comments received by the deadline. Winners will be contacted via e-mail within 72 hours of giveaway end date. Winners must reply within one week with a mailing address or prize will be forfeited and new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only and prize will only be shipped to a US address. Rules and deadline subject to change without notice.


WINNER: Congratulations to our winner, smpsprout, whose comment was:

17. smfsprout: This could be dressed up with animal shapes and filled with animal crackers – if you want to stick with edibles. You could also dress it up in different ways for both the bath and bedrooms.

smfsprout, the animal crackers are a great idea! We also love that you’re thinking outside the box and and suggest using it around the house for storage. We hope you enjoy the collection of paints and other products we’re going to send you. We’re sure you’ll be inspired to create something fun!

For those of you who didn’t win, thanks so much for taking the time to enter. We love all of your great ideas, but our favorites were the doggie bones, beach scene, and after-school snack ideas. You guys are so creative!

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33 comments so far:

  • 1
    Rebecca 02/14/2013 at 9:25 am

    Color me boring, but I love circles!

  • 2
    Brenda 02/14/2013 at 12:50 pm

    Shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day, eggs for Easter, stars for Independence Day, pumpkins for Halloween, Fall leaves for Thanksgiving or Fall or first day of school, gifts or candles for birthdays, champagne bottles or glasses for New Years Eve, footballs for Super Bowl, snowflakes for Winter, tulips for Spring, sunflowers for Summer! Phew!

  • 3
    Catherine Brown 02/14/2013 at 2:04 pm

    Dog bones shapes for dog cookies and treats.

  • 4
    Bernadette Sabia 02/14/2013 at 2:27 pm

    Shamrocks for st pattys day, easter eggs for East

    can endless

  • 5
    Clare 02/14/2013 at 3:13 pm

    Since Easter is coming up, you could have a bunny head peering over the top of the chalkboard (think Kilroy) and have his paws/hands holding the chalkboard.

  • 6
    Deb Jubenville 02/14/2013 at 3:14 pm

    Spring rain, umbrellas, and rain boots!

  • 7
    Julie P 02/14/2013 at 3:31 pm

    How about raindrops for April Showers?

  • 8
    Tina 02/14/2013 at 3:35 pm

    Stars in red, white and blue for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, etc.

  • 9
    Mommeefit 02/14/2013 at 4:00 pm

    Since this is year of the water snake, and water is represented by black, you could stencil a nice snake on the jar! And fill it with some yummy fortune cookies!

  • 10
    Deidra 02/14/2013 at 4:08 pm

    This would be great to make really cheap and very beautiful canisters for flour, etc. Just leave them sitting on the counter. Thanks for another great idea.

  • 11
    RuthAnn 02/14/2013 at 4:13 pm

    How about an I want sign? so kids could leave a message about the kind of treats they want!

  • 12
    Cindy 02/14/2013 at 4:21 pm

    My ideas are shamerocks for march, eggs for Easter, Bows with your white hearts for mothers day, ties for fathers day, fireworks for 4th of July, apples for first day of school, Flags for Veterns day, acorns and leaves for fall, pumpkins for Thanksgiving, Santa hats for Christmas and the numbers 2014 for New Years longer/bigger for top and bottom shorter/smaller for the sides.

  • 13
    Jennifer 02/14/2013 at 4:53 pm

    I like all the above idea’s but I was thinking maybe a school bus for after school snacks

  • 14
    Geri Apodaca 02/14/2013 at 5:43 pm

    Love the Chalk Board Cookie Jar. Such an Awesome Idea!!!! I also like that it can be used over and over through out the year for different Holidays, Bunny’s, chicky’s, Easter Lilly’s, Eggs, Peeps, for Easter, endless things to decorate it!!!!! Thanks for sharing, now I’m going out to look for a Cookie Jar and supplies!!!!

  • 15
    Denise Woods 02/14/2013 at 6:06 pm

    Use shapes of favorite macaroni and pasta to store all those hiding away in unattractive bags in the cupboards. Fun to use their interesting Italian translations!

  • 16
    Vickie 02/14/2013 at 7:39 pm

    This year March will need shamrocks for St.Patrick’s, eggs for Easter, and kites for Spring!

  • 17
    smfsprout 02/14/2013 at 7:54 pm

    This could be dressed up with animal shapes and filled with animal crackers – if you want to stick with edibles. You could also dress it up in different ways for both the bath and bedrooms.

  • 18
    lynaeve 02/14/2013 at 8:21 pm

    I’m sure everyone is already thinking hearts, but its on my mind since its valentines day. Thanks for the chance!

  • 19
    Margie 02/14/2013 at 8:30 pm

    How about candles for birthdays?

  • 20
    Heather 02/14/2013 at 10:55 pm

    Everyone has such great ideas! It might be nice to make a frame around the chalk board rectangle…maybe in a color to match your kitchen. Then you could add the cute shapes with a coordinating-colored frame for each holiday. The jar would make a great “thankful” jar where you write what you are thankful for and then read them on Thanksgiving. It would make a super teacher gift with vinyl for different holidays included. Thanks for the idea and the chance to win!

  • 21
    Tanya M 02/15/2013 at 1:29 am

    Red, white and blue stars for all patriotic holidays.
    Sun shapes for summer break.
    Apples for beginning of the school year.
    Simple shapes like circles, squares, triangles, diamonds in primary colors for kids.
    Flowers for spring.
    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  • 22
    MelodyJ 02/15/2013 at 3:55 am

    How about a beach or island theme for summer. Maybe you could paint the sun, sand, and beach chair.

  • 23
    Lola 02/15/2013 at 8:52 am

    Shamrocks, of course!

  • 24
    Hillary S. 02/15/2013 at 9:47 am

    I like the beach/island them that someone suggested… Flip-Flops and books!
    Bird silhouettes for halloween… the ideas! :)

  • 25
    Sharon B 02/15/2013 at 12:27 pm

    How about for a wedding? Two of my three kids are getting married in 2013. candy bar – the different candy cut-outs / labels for each kind; bride and groom shapes with the date info in the chalk for vases / table decorations at a casual reception; showers (bridal or baby) shapes; flower shapes; gifts; boots and cowboy hats for a western theme (this would be great with any party theme, not just a wedding); use to put names on drinking glasses; shapes to show a goal being saved towards on a loose change / money jar (vacation, new shoes, etc.); money shapes (currency and coins) for non-specific saving.

  • 26
    lisa 02/15/2013 at 6:51 pm

    Clovers for St. Patty’s day,
    red, white and blue stars for a variety of occasions
    flowers for spring

  • 27
    Dara 02/16/2013 at 1:00 am

    What an adorable idea. My first thought was St. Patrick’s Day because that is the next holiday. Shamrocks would be cute
    And Easter is on its way so colorful eggs and or bunnies and chicks would be awesome too!! For anyone who has a Cricut machine, the shapes could be cut in a jiff. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for the craft idea.

  • 28
    Pat Hanham 02/16/2013 at 10:55 am

    Sunflower petals – I would love anything sunny right now. It is so gray outside – the ground is covered with piles of dirty snow and the sky is overcast and getting ready for another snowfall.

  • 29
    dee 02/19/2013 at 6:32 pm

    Cutouts of fish and fishing bobbers for that fishing fan in my life. Can’t wait for the paint to become available. And didn’t know you could buy sheets of vinyl cling!!

  • 30
    Cathy 05/22/2016 at 9:17 pm

    Hi, I recently tried to make a chalkboard count down to Christmas plate. After finishing the plate I baked it like the instructions said but it all blistered. Just wondering if you had any idea as to why that might of happened? Thank you in advance.

  • 31
    Chica 05/23/2016 at 7:16 am

    Cathy, what brand and type of chalkboard paint did you use? What was the plate made of?

  • 32
    Rhonda 09/04/2017 at 10:27 am

    You could use candy corn for halloween

  • 33
    Chica 09/05/2017 at 10:58 am

    Rhonda, that’s a great idea!

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