These reusable chalkboard mason jar drink labels are perfect to have on hand for casual gatherings to help guests keep up with their drinks! They’re a great (and cheaper and cuter) alternative to regular ‘ole disposable plastic cups for people to write their name on their beverage.
I made some everyday ones that we use very regularly – dozens of times a year! I don’t just bust ’em out when we’re having a planned party; I use them pretty much anytime when we’re having more than 3-4 people over. I made our set about 4 years ago and they’re still holding up just as well as they did the first time we used them.
And, one of the fun things about these is, because the materials are so inexpensive and so easy to customize, you can easily make different sets of these if you want to get festive and have different sets for different seasons or types of gatherings. Check them out! So many options!
Fall/Thanksgiving-Themed Mason Jar Drink Tags
Christmas-Themed Mason Jar Drink Tags
Patriotic Chalkboard Mason Jar Drink Tags
Mason Jar Drink Tags for Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, and Spring
With endless paint colors and tons of options for elastic, you really can customize these so easily. They’ll bring a little festiveness and color into just about any gathering when you use them. Check out the easy tutorial below for how to make them!
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Here’s what you need:
- Wooden circles for the tags (you can get these in packs at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, but I looked on Amazon, and these are by far the best deal!)
- Acrylic paint (any color, and no, it doesn’t need to be chalkboard paint!*)
- Drill with a drill bit (we used a 3/32 drill bit, but Aaron said that drill bit isn’t super common, so if you don’t have one of those, he said a 1/8 drill bit would work just fine)
- Roll of elastic ribbon (Hobby Lobby has lots of options!)
- Cookie cooling rack (or some kind of surface where you can stabilize the wooden circles while you drill a hole in them without drilling a hole through the surface that’s supporting them)
I would just like to ask, what would my life be without parentheticals? (Incomplete.)
*If you’re wanting to use a chalk marker instead of just a regular piece of chalk to label drinks each time, you will want to A) use chalkboard paint to paint the wood, or B) cover acrylic non-chalkboard paint on the wood with a glossy finish. The chalk marker doesn’t wipe clean as easily off non-chalkboard acrylic paint as a regular piece of chalk. We always just use a piece of chalk, but I will say, it’s very fun using chalk markers! 🙂
Get out the number of wooden circles you want to use.
Alright, get ready for step 1!
Like I said, any kind of surface that you can use to stabilize the wooden circle without drilling a hole in the surface you’re using to stabilize it will work! The cookie cooling rack isn’t ideal – I actually use the top of my wrought iron outdoor patio table (it has a pattern on it where there are several holes that enable me to drill through the wood while still securing it between the pieces of iron) when I make these, but since not everyone has one of those, I thought I’d try to stick with something that most people have for this tutorial.
Finish drilling through each circle!
Allow the first side to dry before turning them over to paint the other side…
Now get out your ribbon, a mason jar, and a pair of scissors.
For step 4, you want to wrap the ribbon around the mason jar but give it about an inch on either end for tying the ribbon in a double knot. The ribbons I cut for my jars (just the standard size you’d use for a drinking glass) was about 11″ long.
Step 5 can be a little challenging just because it’s sometimes difficult to get the ribbon initially through the hole (think threading a needle!), but it definitely helps to angle off each end of the ribbon with the scissors before stringing an end through the hole.
For step 6, you don’t want to wrap the ribbon too tightly around the jar, but you want it to be snug enough that the elastic won’t slip down the bottom. You want it to hug, if you will, that indented part of the jar. Also, I quickly trim off any frayed ends of the ribbon after tying the knot.
There you have it! Now they’re each ready for a jar and a piece of chalk to mark your guests’ initials!
These are reusable time after time! I seriously use mine all the time when we have company and they haven’t worn out a bit! You just easily slip the elastic on the jar, mark initials with chalk on the wood, and then when you’re finished, slip the elastic off the jar and wipe chalk off the wooden tag with a slightly damp cloth. Seriously, so, so easy. I keep my tags in a little bag with a piece of chalk in my pantry – they’re always ready for my next round of visitors!
Again, if you’re wanting to use a chalk marker instead of a piece of chalk, you CAN do that, I would just give the wooden charms a top coat of a glossy paint. The marker doesn’t come off as easily and will leave residue behind, whereas regular chalk wipes right off.
Have a super fun time gathering with people!