Organize Your Spices: Make Labeled Tins

This post originally appeared last month on the blog Mod Podge Rocks. Check it out for great crafting ideas.

Do all of your spices in their random-sized containers drive you crazy? They have 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.

Spices_beforeYou’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:

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.

SpiceTinMeasure 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.

PrintedLabelsTrim labels, following the crop marks.

TrimmedLabelsCoat the back of the strips with Mod Podge.

ModPodgeLabelBacksAttach carefully to tin, overlapping ends.

ModPodgeLabelFrontsAllow to dry, then coat the outside of the label. For added durability, coat with a layer of polyurethane.

ModPodgeLabelFronts1That’s all there is to it – a very simple project but it will make your life so much easier.

DIY organization: decoupage labels for spice tins

DIY organization: decoupage labels for spice tins

To see more of Heidi’s artwork, visit her at Old Stuff. New Stories.

5 thoughts on “Organize Your Spices: Make Labeled Tins

  1. Hey, I like those. I’ve seen people glue magnets on the back and stick them to a metal sheet. I think it’d work good in a craft room too. I think I’ve seen sets of these at a reasonable price at Lee Valley Tools. Don’t know if you have them in Oregon, but they’re kind of a cool place with lots of hardware and wood working tools.

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