DIY: Tea Storage Jars

May 17th, 2011

Thank you for the suggestions to try loose leaf tea. I’m hooked! I got these little canning jars to contain my stockpile, and I painted the lids with chalkboard paint. Now I can easily label and relabel my various leafy blends. It would have been a good idea to apply a coat of primer before the chalkboard paint, but I got lazy. Keep that in mind if you make your own storage jars!

loose tea storage chalkboard paint


  1. Oh, this is what I need now! Lovely!

  2. This is amazing. Seriously. Can’t wait to do this.

  3. Hmm.. i love this idea of blackboard paint on the lids! I love collecting jars and storage containers but don’t like tacky or messy labels.. .this is a perfect solution :)

  4. What a great idea! I’ve seen a version where you paint on the jar itself, but the lid looks so much easier. This would be great spice storage or be incredible cute if you made jam for a party favor!

    • Wit & Whistle

      I think the best part about painting only the lid is that I can still run the jars themselves through the dishwasher!

  5. Phoebe

    Very cute! I don’t know how quickly you go through your tea, but it will get oxidized especially under conditions with light. You could paint the outside of your jars to protect the tea from light – it will help retain the fresh flavor longer. Or, if you keep the jars in a cabinet it should be sufficiently protected from light as well.

  6. What a great idea! I really love loose leaf teas… I’ll need to try this to help contain my ever-expanding collection! :)

  7. I LOVE this!!! <3

  8. Great idea! Never heard of chalkboard paint, that is so great! Will try to find it over here in Switzerland!

  9. Juliah

    Great idea!

  10. That’s great! My boyfriend just started brewing beer and I told him to paint “labels” on them with chalkboard paint so as we reuse the bottles we can rewrite the type of beer. Oh the wonders of chalkboard paint!

  11. what a pretty way to display tea! like you, I am a tea hoarder!

  12. Norma

    I have been scouring the web for spice jars that are simple, that i love and not too expensive. This is the perfect solution. Thank you so much!!

  13. suann | simplesong

    love this!

  14. What a cute and simple idea! I love it. So charming. Where did you find these jars? They add a ton of personality.

  15. this is a GREAT idea! I keep all of my stuff in mason jars and I usually just cut the label off of the package and toss it inside the jar with its contents so I know what’s what. This is a much prettier idea!

  16. HJ

    so cute & great idea!
    i just kept them in a jar, i mean anything i can find
    but this looks way better & practical thx!

  17. Peg

    Great idea! Want to do some little sets of 3 for Christmas gifts this year!

  18. That’s positively genius and delightful!
    How incredibly smart. (:

  19. rosie

    primer counts for a lot. I shouldn’t have skipped it. My adorable paint scratched right off. :(

  20. Hi!

    I included your image in my “Inspiring Images” blog post today!

    Thank you!


  21. Oh gosh, those canning jars are absolutely adorable! After reading through your blog, you’re definitely making me itch to order some chalkboard paint from Dick Blick. I think I shall have to!

  22. Yuli

    This is lovely! What kind of chalkboard paint did you use and what kind of primer would you recommend?

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      I’m not sure what kind of chalkboard paint I used, it was so long ago. Just any thing that says it’s chalkboard paint will do. I usually like Kilz primers, but any primer that says it will work on metal will work.

  23. sarah

    Hi, you wouldn’t recommend putting the lids in the dishwasher, right? just handwash i presume?

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      Right, the paint would come off in the dishwasher. I just wipe my lids clean on the inside, and don’t put any water on the paint just in case.

  24. Holly

    I think you have the same obsession with chalkboard paint as I do! Looking at your blog has made me want to do more…Oh dear my poor roommate! Love the Chalkboard Platter too, soon to be wedding gift I think! Abso loverly blog Lady!

  25. Jody

    Have a garden and interestend in growing tea making materials. Suggestions on what to start with, I love hibiscus but it’s too big to grow

  26. Jessica

    What did you label the jars with after you painted them? That looks far too fine-tipped to be “regular” chalk.

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      I just used regular chalk. If you use the edge you can get a pretty fine line. :)

  27. jim

    Hi, I clicked by mistake and saw your jars; I did the same thing when they came out with chalkboard spraypaint. Just seperate the inner lids and rough them up with some steel wool or emery cloth and spray 3 coats. They are smoother than brush on and silkier to write on. Great minds think alike. I like your jars too, Jim

  28. My sister cans applesauce and such. Could this be used for that kind of canning does anyone know? Not sure if the lids have to be boiled or something…?

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