10 Clever DIY Ways to Store Kitchen Spices

No matter the square footage of your kitchen, the perfect amount of space for storage and prep always seems just out of reach. Fortunately, nothing frees up space like a little organization. And when we hear that you can clear out a full drawer by devising a DIY solution for spice storage, we're all ears. Actual woodworking is not a requirement, because these 10 ideas for storing spices include simple repurposing projects as well as custom-tailored solutions, and all of them get the job done.

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  1. Under the Cabinet


    Why take up drawer space when you can hang your spices? With magnets glued to their lids, these repurposed baby food jars are suspended from a metal sheet mounted to the underside of the cabinets, keeping your spices at your fingertips yet still totally out of the way.


  2. Stick It


    Turn the front of your refrigerator into your spice rack. Just empty your spice containers into magnetic tins and arrange them on the fridge door for an eye-popping presentation. This in-plain-sight presentation means you’ll never again have to dig through a cabinet or drawer to hunt for the oregano.


  3. Test Tubes


    Cooking is a science. Take that idea to the next level by organizing your seasonings in test tubes, a design that's simple in both looks and construction. Just drill holes into a strip of wood to accommodate your test tubes, and mount the strip on your kitchen wall. Then, pour your spices into the test tubes and top each with a cork.


  4. Cabinet Caddy


    Maximize the spice storage space in your cupboards with a double-decker shelf that slides out from the side of your cabinet. Keep the more frequently used spices in the top panel, so the ones you need most are always together and at the ready.


  5. Refinished Pallet


    Is there anything a shipping pallet can’t do? With some sanding and staining, you can turn one into a DIY spice rack that’s both functional and charming. Attach small cup hooks to the bottom for handy storage for measuring spoons and cups.


  6. Pull-Out Drawer


    Matching clear-topped tins put a clever spin on the spice drawer. Fill, label, and organize your tins—or not. It won’t even matter. You can easily see exactly what you have the instant you open the drawer.


  7. Wire and Nail


    Put a fresh twist on the traditional wall-mounted spice rack by hanging your spice bottles directly on the wall. Simply wrap floral wire around the necks of some clear spice jars, and form a loop in the back. Set nails (or even adhesive wall hooks) into the wall in your favorite configuration, and hang.


  8. File Box


    Imagine if your entire cabinet of spices could be contained in a small box. Well, it can. If you buy your spices in bags, or transfer them into bags, you can easily repurpose a photo box to file them away. The end result is easy to add to, keep alphabetized, and carry to your meal prep station.


  9. Vintage Coke Crate


    Turn a vintage Coke crate on its side and mount it to the wall for an easy DIY spice rack. The bottle compartments are just the right size for your herb and spice containers. Remember to place a label on the top of each jar so you can easily see what you need before pulling it out.


  10. Vintage Tray


    Mount these vintage silver casserole dishes to the wall for a showpiece that serves up spices. A small wooden shelf across the middle (painted silver to match) allows you to stand two rows of shakers inside. Filled with uniform bottles, they are pretty, eclectic, and functional.


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