On Monday, I showed you my linen closet revamp and mentioned I had created some DIY chalkboard labels. Here’s what they looked like on my new storage boxes:

Here’s a closer look:
I think they turned out incredibly cute, but here’s a disclaimer: They were a &%%^& to make…at first. So I thought I’d offer up some tips to make your mission, should you choose to accept it, a bit easier.
I used the DCWV Chalkboard Stack and chose a black sheet for my labels. I love that the chalkboard stack has different colors! It’s like having chalkboard paint without the expense. 🙂
Tips for the Chalkboard Stack:
  • I used my Cricut to cut out the shape I wanted, but the chalkboard cardstock is difficult to work with via the Cricut. It didn’t really, totally stick to the adhesive mat, which meant that it slid around.
  • If you want to try and use your Cricut with this kind of cardstock, pick a simple, basic shape and cut one at a time. Yes it will take longer, but you won’t have the problem I did of a horribly jammed Cricut.
  • It appears that the cardstock has a smoother side (but not totally smooth) and a rough side. I would stick the smoother side down on the adhesive mat, but this won’t solve the problem of slippage entirely.
  • I chose to use the smoother side to write on and used a Chalk Ink pen. Chalk worked great, but I made my labels on the smallish side and the text wouldn’t fit. Chalk Ink worked very well, but I’d recommend giving it some time to dry.
  • Another drawback is that I wanted to use tape runner to adhere them to my boxes. Due to the texture of the cardstock it was hard to get the tape runner to stick to the label. I managed it, but if I were going to do this again, I’d use glue.
Overall, once I figured out how to treat the cardstock, it was simple and I think the results were worth it. I’ll definitely be trying it again!

Disclaimer: DCWV did NOT, in any way, compensate me for this post. I just really like their products and wanted to share my opinions and tips with my readers. I doubt DCWV knows I exist, but I wouldn’t mind if they did. 😉 

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