I love to cook and, as such, I have a huge collection of spices.  About a year ago I got tired of having to dig through my pile of spice jars to find the one I was looking for, so I decided to change it up.  Pulling some inspiration from Alton Brown and some commercial products that I'd seen I settled on a magnetic spice rack.  In looking around it would seem that I'm not the only one that came to this solution.  In fact, there's even another Instructable on the same topic.

Step 1: Equipment and Supplies

To do this project you're going to need some supplies and equipment.

4 oz Round Clear Top Tins [Pic 1]
1/4" x 1/16" Neodymium Magnets (3 per tin) [Pic 2]
Paper Work Surface
JB Weld (or Other Epoxy)
Paper for Mixing Epoxy
100 Grit Sandpaper (or Similar)
Damp Paper Towel
Label Maker
Pocket Knife Tweezers [Pic 4]

I built this and have been using these for about a year now. I love them, and have had a lot of compliments about them. I have a couple comments from what I learned, and a question about a problem I'm having.<br><br>I used super glue and decided to use two magnets. Sometimes I just have to learn the hard way. For the really heavy spices (think salt), two magnets was not enough. They would slide down the fridge. Also, after a few months, the superglue started to fail and the magnets started to come off the tins. I used JB Weld now and they are rock solid.<br><br>The really fine, ground spices (cinnamon for example) are giving me major problems. The fine dust gets between the lid and the rim of the tin and this makes it almost impossible to get the lid off. I definitely can't pull the lid off, and usually I can't twist it off either. I now have a pair of channel locks (pliers) in my kitchen that I use to get the lids off the ground spices. Anyone else having this problem? How do you keep the lids from binding?<br>
I had the same problem with cinnamon specifically. I never did find a good solution to that problem.<br><br>Anyone else have a tip?
<p>Well, it's been a while since your post, so I don't know if you still need an idea for a solution. The problem is that the times seal by side pressure. The tin sides are slightly narrower in diameter/circumference to allow lid to attach. It si that gap which accumulates powder.</p><p>I have two possible solutions (untried BTW) . If you can find a gasket that fits inside the lid, that will allow the wall of the tin to touch the lid preventing the powder getting into the gap. The lid just has to touch the lip of the tin wall.</p><p>The best would be a plastic ring of the type used for spice shakers - flexible. It should be a ring to preserve the clear view inside. Depending on availability and size of your lids, you could just modify a Ball jar gasket, or even cut a hole in the center of a Ball jar lid, if just the gasket is not available.</p><p>Another possibility is getting thin metal tape, about 1&quot; wide. Cut a strip equal to the inner circumference of the tin. Lengthwise, Fold over the tape to stick to itself, leaving another half inch exposed. Paste that on the inside of the tin so that it extends above the lip of the wall, sufficient to touch the lid when closed, and provide a slight pressure barrier, to prevent the powder from getting into the gap when closed. It should be completely invisible from the outside.</p>
<p>Try putting plastic wrap over the top of the jar first. Then screw on the lid. The plastic wrap forms a tighter seal, conforms to the threads, and forms an anti-friction barrier between any spilled powder and the lid. (I also do this to keep things from leaking, when transporting liquids or other leakables in a suitcase.)</p><p>Great post. I love magnets, but hadn't thought of this. (stupid) Question: could you not just put your magnets inside the jar at the bottom? They would stick to the jar, which would, in turn stick to the metal board.</p>
<p>Good idea with the plastic wrap. As for the magnets inside the jar - I read that the adhesive (JB Weld or whatever you use) might not be good to put with food. I have no idea if that's true, but it was enough for me to put the magnets on the outside.</p>
<p>I think agwh meant to skip the JB Weld altogether, and just have the magnets on the inside of the jars without any adhesives.</p>
<p>Yes, I meant put the magnets inside without the JB Weld. The magnets should stay put, due to, well, their magnetism. ;)</p>
<p>I've had pretty good luck with rubbing the outside of the rim with a TINY bit of coconut oil so it will spin off next time it also cleans the powder off </p>
How about tapping off the lid except the contact point and spraying/painting that with a thin layer of plasi dip or rubber spray paint? I haven't done this so I don't know if it would work but I just thought if it works for Ball jars it might work for this.
Sorry, I don't follow you. So the plasti-dip on the outside of the lid so it is easier to grip? <br> <br>I'm still trying to find a solution to this problem, so I'd like to understand your idea better.
on the inside of the lid between the lid and the jar edge; however, more i think about it the more it seems that it won't work. the idea was to create a gasket-like effect so that the cinnamon will not slip between the lid and the edge of the jar, like on canning jars (http://www.canningbasics.com/images/canninglids2.jpg) but with out a two piece screw top it doesn't really work.
Oh, I see. That's a good idea, and one I haven't tried yet. I've got nothing to lose so I'll try it.
<p>All great ideas. I did mine with hexagon glass jars with metal lids from Amazon. Main reason, I'm obsessed with quality Pensky spices and the tins are not as seal tight, hence the cinnamon around the lid and the clump in the garlic from humidity. Definitely use heavy duty strength magnets. Has worked well using Gorilla glue for a short term but am seeing a problem of it cracking. Will use the JD Weld in the future and try the brilliantly simple idea posted of putting in the metal lid.</p>
<p>Although a fun project, this will cost a person way more than the $10.00 category that it's in. I LOVE using those magnets around the house but they're pricey. Over $5 a pack at Michaels for 5 (i think). Then to use 3 per tin = lots of dinero. So, in my area this would cost too much at one pop but I've spread out buying these as they are the best magnets. I want to buy them every time I go there but limit myself. I have to or I'd buy them all up! Fascinating to witness how powerful these are!!</p><p>Sorry, I got on a tear! </p>
<p>Try looking on Amazon or eBay for larger, bulk quantity purchases? Michael's is geared to smaller, craft-sized quantities (with their associated packaging and markup).<br><br>I see a quantity of 100 6mm by 1.5mm neodymium magnets from China on Amazon for under $10. (I'm not linking to it, since I'm not advertising for anyone specifically.)</p>
Wow, thats a lot of magnets! Now why didn't I think of that??<br>Thanks!
<p>made these about 8 months ago when we moved in to the new place for the spices i use most...works well for my purposes.</p><p>i bought my tins from uline.com and my magnets from ebay. </p><p>like some other people have mentioned, there is a bit of an issue with the really finely ground spices, but i have gotten into the habit of wiping the rim of the tin with a paper towel before i put the lid back on.</p><p>if i can figure out a way to keep the garlic powder from clumping, i will be in good shape.</p>
<p>Adding some silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent) to your garlic powder might help prevent clumps (it's how the spice industry does it). Also, possibly adding something non-magnetic (such as a glass marble) might give you more 'clump-busting power' when shaking the grains loose.<br>https://www.americanspice.com/silicon-dioxide/<br><br>&quot;Simply Organic&quot; brand garlic powder is more coarsely ground than many &quot;garlic powders&quot; and is less prone to clumping. I buy it by brand specifically because of this fact (I don't care about 'organic' labels).</p>
<p>I made a spice rack using these tins for my daughter (chose the clear to see the contents, just buy smaller amounts &amp; use up). Covered a metal sheet with wrapping paper and mod-podged, then inserted into a painted frame (also well mod-podged for easy cleaning). She lives in a turn of the century apartment building with white walls and hideous gray cabinetry, so purple is her go to accent color. For her I covered a metal sheet with purple foil wrapping paper (protected by mod podge) in a purple Victorian style frame with purple metallic pearl &quot;antiquing&quot; (also protected by mod podge for cleaning ease). The contrast between the modern canisters and the antique frame makes it look fantastic and, of course, it can be moved anywhere in the kitchen.</p>
<p>Just a thought. Since it is recommended to you keep most spices and herbs out of the light. I wouldn't recommend the tins with the see-thru lids. But, why not use the rectangle tins that you can buy the herbs in? You could put the magnet on the side; it's already labeled; it already has the perfect shaker/scoop hole for that herb, and they are usually cheaper than buying the herbs in the glass jars.</p>
<p>I want to do this on the inside of the pantry door, if so, I don't think the clear lids would be a problem. Nice post!</p>
<p>Hello, I am gathering all the supplies to make this; I was thinking to substitute the 3 small magnets with one &quot;disk-like&quot; magnet in the center of the tin. I was also wondering if little glass jars with metal cups (such as ball small canning jars) would be too heavy. Any advise?</p><p>Thank you.</p>
Single magnets can be strong enough if you get powerful ones. I originally tried magnet tape and wasn't pleased with how it worked.<br><br>As for jars, I think they'll be too heavy. Since the force on the magnet is parallel to the magnets surface (slipping) instead of perpendicular (pulling straight out), the magnet's force is much less.
<p>great idea, I've seen a version of this but yours seems well thought out. I believe I'll try this but I want to mount them on the wall between counter and cabinets. Is there a product that mounts easily to the wall? Like metal strips that don't require big holes to affix them? Thanks for the directions, I'm excited to try this out.</p>
<p>You could also just use metal thumb tacks or a nail. Place them at the correct spots by making some sort of stencil on a large sheet of construction paper. That would give it a sort of 'floating' look, which would be cool. Also, you could paint those thumbtacks the color of your wall or even an accent color (when you take off one of the jars, you see a cute little splash of an accent color). I've been thinking about doing something like this for a while now :)</p>
I think you can buy sheets of steel at most home improvement stores. As long as it is magnetic it should work for this application. To attach it to the wall you have a few options. You could attach with screws, 3M tape or even command strips. I think the latter might be the right option to get you started.
<p>How have I not seen this sooner, its great, thanks for sharing</p>
<p>cool project</p>
<p>Love it! Thanks for sharing this!</p>
<p>This seems like a lot of work to be honest! But I think that if you're lacking space in your kitchen for a good array of spices, this idea could really work out, not to mention be quite nice as a decoration too!</p>
<p>Haha. No work at all. You buy the spices, the magnets, the containers, you can even buy 100 round adhesive spice labels for 5.99 on Amazon. So easy. Stick label on, drop magnet on bottom of can inside, fill , stick on fridge.</p>
<p>As for people thinking the light will cause the spices to deteriorate, just get the ones with tin lids. I wanted the clear lids and my son made my labels and he put a pic of each spice on half of the circle so not really much light gets in. Plus if you are doing this you cook! You use them quickly. Also, the fridge is not warm on the front or sides. Some of the new stainless ones have a magnetic area especially if there is an indoor ice maker. That area will work. Try various parts of the front of your fridge, or the side.</p>
<p>I make sure to wipe off each lid and rim with a paper napkin before I close the tins. I also remember not to push the lid on all the way. Just leave a minute space. For onion powder, garlic powder, and lemon pepper there is a sticky feel to the lid due to moisture reacting with the powder perhaps. I actually put those items in a tiny plastic bag with a wire tie inside of the can. Also unless there is some health risk I don't know about, I just drop the magnet in the bottom of the can. No glue needed. No problems after doing this for over a year. Love them on the fridge. So convenient and it freed up two small shelves on the pantry door.</p>
I made this except I put the magnet on the outside and labeled the back. I used 'The Last Glue' to glue the magnets on. Then I stuck them to the side of the fridge.
I made these as a birthday present for my wife. Wells drink loose leave tea and she hate how the little bags clutter up the counter. Wells purchased two &quot;The Board Dudes&quot; magnetic chalk boards and mounted them in the kitchen.<br><br>Thanksgiving for the idea and directions!
<p>That is soo Cool Nice job :D Lucky wife </p>
<p>I made one of these and love it! I recycled an old cookie sheet that I spray painted to freshen it up. I purchased the tins online from Uline, they have several sizes and originally used magnetic tape on the back of each tin. As the adhesive onthe tape failed I just super glued them back on and they have been holding up well. It's been 2 years now. Never have solved the sticking lid issue for some spices.</p>
<p>I made a quicker/easier project of this, I think, by simply putting two small magnets into the bottom INSIDE of the cans, rather than glue them to the bottom. And I'm not the least bit worried that these nickel-coated magnets will taint or foul the completely DRY herbs and spices they come into contact with. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J5VO2EA?psc=1&amp;redirect=true&amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00 If nickel coating is good enough for some parts of my pasta roller, then it's probably okay touching dry herbs and spices.</p><p>I put the spice collection on the side of my refrigerator first, but didn't like the cluttered look in my kitchen. So I bought two metal bulletin boards and mounted them to the inside of my kitchen pantry door - good use of an otherwise unused space - and put all my spices there at eye level where they are easy to see and access. I was concerned about the lids not fitting tight enough and contents spilling out, so to overcome that I gave each can a little squeeze to make it every-so-slightly oval, which in turn made the lids fit tight as a glove, with no fear they'll fall off. </p><p>This whole spice organizing project was a huge and satisfying success, and I'm sorry I didn't do it years ago. </p>

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