DIY Spice Jars (Ikea Hack)
So I have this huge problem called I own inordinate amounts of kitchen supplies.
Seriously, they could probably feature my kitchen on hoarders, and unfortunately, yes, I do absolutely need every single thing in there.
One of the biggest clutter-ers of my kitchen has been spices. Spices are such a pain, they come in all different shapes and spices…excuse me…SIZES (hehe, did you catch my joke there!?) and you really need to store them in a place where you can see all of them for them to be very useful, hence my solution.
DIY Spice Jars with Chalkboard Labels
Now most of you probably would not need to have, ahem, 6 shelves full of spices, but the great thing is you can make this as big or as small as you need. It’s a relatively inexpensive and easy project and it has cleared up SO MUCH cupboard space. Plus, it looks pretty. I’m all about decor with a function!
Let’s get down to it.
Ikea RAJTAN Spice Jars (as many as you want, I have also seen similar projects done with baby food jars. I didn’t have any of those, but if you do, that could save you oodles of mula on this project!)
Ikea BEVKAM Spice Racks (annoyingly, each rack holds 6 spice jars, but the jars come in packages of 4. This is part of the reason why I had to have 6 spice racks, that way I used up all the jars!)
Black Chalkboard Contact Paper
What to do:
So the first step is to paint your spice racks. Conveniently enough, the racks come unpainted and unfinished so it’s super easy to paint them whatever color you desire. I used simple acrylic paint, but spray paint would be even easier.
I chose to paint my lids white, but leaving them silver would have looked pretty as well and could save you a step! Again, I hand-painted mostly because it was dark outside so I couldn’t spray paint. I would definitely recommend spray paint that adheres to plastic for the lids, because the acrylic paint was a little hard to work with but it worked out in the end.
I made a circle template from card-stock by tracing on of my lids, and then cutting on the inside of the line so it was as small as I wanted it. I then traced as many circles as I needed on the outside of the contact paper
Next cut out all those cute circles!
Then you need to write your labels. I originally had planned on actually using chalk for my labels…I learned pretty quickly that it was way too hard, and even though the contact paper I purchased said “chalkboard paper” I found that the chalk really didn’t adhere well. My next plan to get the chalkboard look was a sharpie paint marker. This worked great! I did all of my labeling free-hand because I wanted it to look home-made, so I free-handed a circle border and then wrote the name of the spice in all caps. If you don’t like your handwriting you could probably get a friend to do this part 🙂
Lastly, put your stickers on the lids, fill up the spice jars, hang the shelves on the wall, and you have yourselves a dang cute project that you’ll get loads of use out of and loads of compliments on!
How do you keep all of those pesky kitchen supplies organized!?
Can you tell me the circumference of the lids?
They are 2 1/8 in in diameter.