Make Your Own Magnetic Spice Rack

This is a super spice space saver! Say that 3 times fast.

A while back, I found this sweet set of magnetic spices on Etsy (of course). I just love how the see-through lids show off the different colors and shapes of the spices!

Although I have a perfectly good spice rack that Nicholas bought me for my birthday a couple of years ago, it takes up a ton of space in my ever-so-tiny kitchen. I love the apothecary-looking jars, and I might use them for another crafty project, but for now they must go.

After I saw the brilliant magnetic spices, I thought I had died and gone to space-saving heaven. Since I’m always looking for crafty ways to do things on my own, I thought to myself, “Self, you can totally make this, and it would probably be cheaper.” If I put all of my spices in these cute little see-through containers, and slapped some magnets on the back, I could just stick them to my fridge and free up some space! It doesn’t hurt that they would also double as colorful art for the fridge! Bonus!

Supplies Needed:

round clear-top tins

spices

magnets

tape

permanent marker

I found the tins right here for only $0.63 a piece! After counting all of my spices and considering how much space I had on the fridge, I figured I would need around 30 tins. I bought self adhesive magnet strips from the craft store, and I already had spices and a marker.

I waited not so patiently for 3 weeks for the tins to come in the mail, and when they did, I was super excited!

First, I collected all of my spices and started filling tins.

Next, I stuck two magnets to the bottom of each tin. (The magnets I bought weren’t very strong, so you might only need one per tin.) Then I wrote the names of each spice on the bottom between the magnets. I would suggest putting a piece of tape down first, and writing on the tape. I didn’t do this, and ended up writing the wrong name on one of the tins, and had to cross it out. It was a sad day for my perfectionism.

This is the finished product, and what they look like on the fridge (after quite a bit of arranging).

Now my spices are right next to me while I’m cooking, and I love looking at them every time I walk by.

A couple of things I have learned during and after this project:

1) Use tape to write the names of the spices on the bottom of the tins.

2) I’ve knocked a few tins off the fridge while opening the fridge and freezer doors, so I scooted them a little farther from the handles.

3) Sometimes the tins can be difficult to open, so be careful not to fill them too full. Nicholas was having a hard time with one of them, and accidentally dumped cumin all over the floor.

Now that we constantly look at the spices when we’re in the kitchen, we end up using them a lot more. We often find ourselves experimenting with spice combinations that we would never have tried in the past. Yay for creative cooking!

Happy spice rack making!

posted by: Rhiannon

May 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Decor, Food Fun, In The Kitchen, Make Your Own. 2 comments.

Etsy Find of the Day

Ok, we admit it! We are a bit crazy when it comes to new cooking ideas. This Etsy find of the day is one that we cannot wait to try! (I bet our better halves will even be excited about trying it out.) Good luck!

How to Bake Bread on the Grill!

Posted by: Amanda

May 7, 2011. Tags: , . Etsy. Leave a comment.

Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit

All purpose cleaner:

In a clean spray bottle mix equal parts white vinegar and water. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to mask some of

the vinegar smell. This is so gentle you can use it on almost anything!

Air freshener:

Get an old spray bottle that is lying around the house. Mix equal parts lemon juice and water.

Spray around the house as needed to get a fresh smell.

For a lasting scent put the essential oil of your choice on several cotton balls, and store in a jar or bowl out of site.

If you have small children remember to keep this in a place they can not reach. some oils may irritate their skin.

Foaming Scrub:

Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl.

Add liquid laundry detergent until the mixture is like cake icing.

Dip your sponge into the bowl, and use as a foam scrub on tiled and shower surfaces.

Glass and mildew cleaner:

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle.

Use to spray down glass, cabinets, bathrooms, etc.

If you have a lot of mildew in an area try just using white vinegar without water to break it up.

Drain cleaner:

Mix one cup white vinegar and one cup baking soda in a bowl.

(Do this near the drain so that your don’t make a mess!)

Pour down the drain and run hot water until the clog breaks.

Wood furniture cleaner:

Mix equal parts lemon juice and olive oil in a bottle or bowl.

Dip a rag into the bowl and go over the surface with long, even strokes.

Do you see a a pattern forming here? We do too! Vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda are green cleaning super stars! These few supplies should get you into a non-toxic cleaning frenzy for sure. Now, put on some tunes and get crackin!

posted by: Amanda

May 5, 2011. Tags: , , . Cleaning, Make Your Own. Leave a comment.

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