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DIY: Magnetic Spice Strips

Good-looking, counter space-saving spice racks are hard to find. So, why not hang your spices on the wall? My Aim Is True has a great DIY that'll help you both to see and store your spices out in the open. You'll no longer have three half-empty containers of cinnamon hiding in the back of your cabinet, or four different brands and shapes of spice jars sitting uncoordinated in your cabinet. To learn the how to make this spice rack,


Here's how:

  1. Heat up your glue gun.
  2. Glue the super strong magnets to the back of the tin cases.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Collect your spices. Pour them into the tins.
  5. Jot the name of each spice on either the front (if you have good hand-writing) or back of the tin using the paint pen.
  6. Install the magnetic strips on your wall. Don't put them too close to the heat source; it may damage the spices.
  7. Make sure your tins are screwed closed tightly. Then, hang them on the strip! Voilà!

If you're really lazy, you can just buy The Container Store 5-Canister Magnetic Spice Rack ($14.99), but the DIY is more economical. Also, if you have a magnetic fridge, you can ditch the strips all together and just attach the tins to your refrigerator door.


JEJJessica JEJJessica 9 years
i have the tins (my knives are not good enough for hanging) that i got with a gift card to bed bath and beyond. i have a cat and even though he's not allowed on furniture when i'm home we all know they do it at night and when we're away. He's never once gotten into the stuff and is good at leaving the stuff alone. I you are fearful, put it in an area not near the counter or fridge (i've caught my cat on the fridge that wasn't near any other item in the kitchen...i am not sure how that was possible). don't let your cat keep you from trying, aimeeb.
kkirkpat kkirkpat 9 years
Or, for those of us in Canada, President's Choice has a magnetic spice rack that includes labels.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i have some of these on a strip and on my fridge (not much wall space!) and love them.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I was thinking the very same thing Bingkaycoy
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
Nice idea for the spices but I'm no way sticking knives on my wall---too dangerous.
emalove emalove 9 years
I've always liked these, but I don't really have the wall space in my kitchen. I could only hang one or two strips.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I made one of these a while back after seeing them in stores and loving the way it looked. The only problem is that the jars themselves are kind of a pain to get in & out of as quickly as I would like. I used Dean & Deluca jars that originally held candies, so I can only imagine how much of a hassle getting cheapy jars open and shut would be. If I were going to do it over again I would spend the dough to get really good jars with that shaker function others have mentioned. Also, the labels on the sides where they can't be seen unless you pick it up and look was annoying. I think this is one of those things that is nicer to look at than to actually use in a day-to-day basis. I just wasn't that impressed.
Veekore Veekore 9 years
Even though it looks great, I would still be paranoid about the strength of the magnets
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
askmetostay: the ones i have, you twist the top and you have small holes to shake or a bigger whole to pour it out.
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
i love this look...but i like having spices in shakers, and this is not so conducive to that...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My boyfriend has this setup in his apt. I loved it. Although I have to say I would be a bit more weary with cats that they would jump up and try to pull stuff down. (and hurt themselves)
Daisie Daisie 9 years
I've seen this looks cute. I think this is an instance where one of those label makers would come in handy! I like it but I'm hesitant because I'm a clutz and I worry I'd knock them over. Same thing with the knives....I worry about mine even though they are on the back of the counter, safe and sound in their wooden block. =/
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
i got one of those things for xmas, but it included the magnetic bar and about 6 containers... the only thing is, if i want to lable them, i would have to write on them with my bad handwritting... or create my own labels which wouldnt be as pretty... or ... yeah... lol i donno. they are sitting empty right now :( But i do think this is a good idea... and i already have one of those knife magnetic strips... thank you ikea.
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