DIY Magnetic Spice Tins
Happy April Fool’s. I tried to come up with a prank to play on you guys but I’m not very original. And it is hard to virtually switch out someone’s sugar for salt or jump out and scare them. Did you guys have a good Easter? We had a wonderful church service and then got to relax at home.
I’ve been a very very busy bee recently! There has been tons of big stuff going on around here that I can’t wait to tell you about… but it has all kept me insanely busy. Seriously. It has been crazy. All this busy-ness is leading to the desire and need to clean and organize and purge. Yes. Cleaning is my catharsis. One of the first things I tackled in my cleanization-palooza <why yes, I did just make that up… > was my spices. You see, our apartment has an itty-bitty kitchen. No seriously. I have a total of 5 cabinets and 5 drawers. And a grand total of about 3 feet of counter space. So counter and cabinet space is valuable real estate. I hated my spice rack taking up so much of that space, so I decided to get my spices off the counter by making my very own DIY Magnetic Spice Tins.
Of course, you could always buy magnetic spice tins. But what fun is that. Plus, a set of 6 of those normally cost around $20. Ouch. Do you see how many spices I have. That isn’t even all of them! I have tons of spices. That would be a lot of money. Also, I don’t use all of my spices that much. Some of them are just the occasional use and I don’t need a giant tin full, smaller tins would be just fine. And as a DIY-er, you know I had to give making them a try.
A few tips on the spice purgcleanization-palooza:
1. Spices do expire. It isn’t so much a safety issues as much as a flavoring issue. After a certain amount of time your spices will stop giving you the flavor you want from them. Boo. So here is a quick little guide to help you know how long your spices last:
- Whole Spices: 3-4 years
- Ground Spices: 2-3 years
- Dried Herbs: 1-3 years
- Extracts: 1 year… with the exception of pure vanilla extract which can last indefinitely
2. Heat, moisture, and direct sunlight can also damage your spices and make them expire sooner. So you either want to opt for a non-clear tin or make sure to keep your spices in a cabinet.
Okay. On to the fun part! Making your DIY tins! I got this great idea from here !
- Tins ah-mazing price. I opted for the slip cover tins and I’ve never had a problem with them “slipping” off. Plus they are food safe.>
- Paper for labels
- Double-sided tape
- Earth Magnets
type of magnet that is very strong and doesn’t lose its magnetism over time. I got mine here >
- E-6000 adhesive
First things first. You have to order your tins. Get larger tins for the spices you use more often and have a lot of. And let me give you a piece of advice… don’t order sizes based on weight. Two ounces of weight does not equal 2 ounces of volume. I may or may not have learned this the hard way and had to order a bunch more tins. Oops. A majority of my tins were 4 ounces and 2 ounces. I had a few 1 ounces and even a couple of 8 ounces.
When you get your tins, start by washing and drying them thoroughly.
Whip up some labels. I chose to go with antique botanical prints for the images. I just searched on Google for “antique botanical prints ________”, with the blank being whatever spice I wanted. But you could do just about any kind of label you want! Make them the correct size to fit the tin you got for your spices. Print them off and cut them out.
Use your double sided tape to affix the label to the cover of your tin.
Take the bases of your tins and lay them on a flat surface. Place magnets on the back of them and determine placement. Centered is always good.
I used 2 magnets on my 4 ounce tins and one on the 2 ounce tins. If any of your spices are heavier
Place a small dot of E-6000 on the back of your tin where you want to adhere the magnet. Place the magnet into the center of the glue. Be careful because that magnet will jump out of your hand if you aren’t careful! Let your glue dry for about 30 minutes.
Pair up your tins with their lids and dump your spices into them! Don’t forget to keep the label near so you don’t accidentally mislabel your spices. That could be a problem.
Now you are done! So simple! You’ve got all your spices organized and all pretty!
Just a few glamour shots of some of my favorite spice tin covers. I’m seriously loving the ground ginger and cayenne pepper labels. They are just so cute! But I think my all time favorite is the nutmeg label. Seriously pretty! And, of course, I’ve got to give some love to my favorite spice… garlic powder. Mmmm… garlic.
Just slap them up on your fridge
How are your spices organized??