Do all of your spices in their random-sized containers drive you crazy? It has always bugged me – I could never find what I needed (so I would inadvertently buy duplicates) and no matter how neatly I placed them on a lazy susan, they never stayed organized.
You've seen spice organizers out there, and for good reason. But they can get a little expensive. Here is a quick and inexpensive DIY organization idea . . . a way to tidy up all your spices – make decoupage tins using Mod Podge. Once you've got your tins labeled, you can easily refill them from the bulk section of the grocery store – it's so much cheaper than buying the pre-packaged spices. The tins can be stored on their sides in a drawer, stacked in the cupboard, or you can attach a magnet to the bottom and stick them on a metal surface.
What you will need:
- Food Grade Spice Tins (we got ours online at Specialty Bottle)
- Computer & Printer
- X-acto Knife
- Straight Edge
- Satin Mod Podge
- Water-based Polyurethane (like Verathane)
We found inexpensive food grade spice tins online. They come in various sizes. I wanted to store them in drawers on their sides so I did the math to see what would fit best.
Measure the circumference of the tins. In a computer graphics program create the labels. Make the width of the labels slightly longer than the circumference to allow for some overlap. We wanted a contemporary look, so we used a simple lowercase, sans-serif typeface (Avenir). We repeated the title along the label, reversing the type to white from a lime green background, and created crop marks between the labels for reference for cutting.
Print the labels.
That's all there is to it – a very simple project but it will make your life so much easier. Visit our blog Hammer Like A Girl for other project ideas and follow us there or on our Facebook page to get regular updates!