Are you looking for a creative and easy way to organize your spices? These DIY Magnetic Spice Containers are simple to make, great for small spaces, and keep your spices within reach.
As you know we moved into our fixer-upper of a house a few months ago. Slowly but surely it is coming together and we’re checking projects off our list.
One of the big challenges I knew I’d have was moving from a very large kitchen into a rather small one. Its not only it’s size that is the challenge but a lack of cabinet space that I knew I’d have to get creative with.
A couple of weeks ago I was cooking and digging through the cabinet where I had my spices and trying to figure out a way to store them so that cabinet would be freed up and I’d be able to tell what I was grabbing without having to take half the jars off the shelf.
I thought about a wall mounted spice rack but the wall space where I would want it was lacking. I looked around and realize that my fridge is within arms length of the stove so why not put it to work.??
Of course I’ve seen all the lovely magnetic spice holders on pinterest, with they’re clear lids all lined up in cute rows.
That’s what I wanted!
Until I found them and saw the price.
Now if I was a person with a handful of spices paying $7.99 for 3 tins might seem ok. But I knew I’d need 25-30 of them… and I am chronically cheap.
After much searching I couldn’t find something that I thought was affordable and practical.
So I decided to make them myself.
Here’s what you’ll need for your own magnetic spice containers-
Tins mine are 4 oz. (I ordered mine from Mountain Rose herbs— More info below)
Small round magnets
Epoxy or super strong glue
Chalkboard Paint or Labels
Chalk or Chalk Marker
The process is pretty straight forward.
Put a dot of glue in the center of the back of your tin. I used this kind, its nice and strong and doesn’t stink to high heaven.
Now set your magnet in the glue.
While those are drying go ahead and paint the tops with a circle of chalkboard paint. I used paint because I had some on hand, and my cheapness didn’t allow for labels. Mine took 2 coats to get nice and even. (Or if you aren’t cheap and ordered Labels apply them now)
Once everything is dry you can fill your tins and label them with your chalk or chalk marker.
These will hold the entire bottle of smaller spices. McCormick glass bottles and they’re little short ones fit perfectly. If you have bigger bottles you’ll be left with extra. I just boxed those up and stuck them in my pantry to refill the tins with as needed.
Now line them up on the fridge where they can live happily ever after!
Here’s where I ordered everything & the price breakdown.
I found the best price on tins over on Mountain Rose Herbs. And they are for storage of herbs and teas so I knew they’d be perfect for this project. At only $0.80 each I could order a bunch without breaking the bank!
I found my magnets at Joanne fabric in a 8 pack for $4.
The Chalkboard paint, as I mentioned, I already had.
My Chalkboard Marker I love, it’s great because it wipes off with a wet paper towel but stays put a lot better than chalk. I ordered it from Amazon. I hear if you live in a bigger town then me you can find them at craft stores.
So in total if I had ordered 24 @$7.99/3 it would have cost me $47.94 which makes them $1.99 each.
My total cost for these was $27.97! A savings of $20 makes a cheap-o happy. Now I didn’t count the cost of the glue or chalkboard paint, I had those on hand already.
These would be great for lots of other things too! Craft supplies, small toys, even vitamins.. I may end up with little tins all over my house!
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