Introduction: Super Easy (and Cheap!) Magnetic Spice Rack

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 Do you hate your spice rack?  Does it take up counter space and get inexcusably dusty?  Does it contain spices that you will never use? (Seriously, WTF is "savory" anyway?)

Then go over to your window, throw it open, lean out and yell, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more!"

Then follow this Instructable and you'll have your very own under-the-cabinet magnetic spice rack that doesn't require a second mortgage.

Step 1: Materials

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 You might be asking, "But can't you just go out and get those magnetic spice thingies at the local bed and bath super box store?"

Sure you can, but it's lame.  And you can't mount them under the cabinet because the lids aren't held tightly enough and they will fall off.  Also, it's more expensive. (Even with an abnormally-sized 20% off coupon.)

This spice rack was made mostly from things we already had lying around.

You will need:
1 power drill
1 drill bit
4 screws
Gorilla Glue
Scrap wood
junked-up cookie sheet (test the cookie sheet to make sure that it's magnetic before you commit to it)
spice jars with lids
rare earth magnets
screwdriver (not pictured)
lovely assistant (not pictured)

The jars were the only things we had to buy specifically for this project, and they were only $.99 each.  Beat that, needlessly-alliterative chain store.

Step 2: Wash the Jars.

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I don't have a picture for this, but you should get the idea.  This stuff is going in your food, so make sure the jars are clean, m'kay? 

Step 3: Attach the Magnets

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 We decided to put two of our Curiously Strong Magnets on each lid.  Since the lids are, themselves, magnetic, we had to engage in some super-glue acrobatics to make sure it got done without attaching anyone's hand to his or her (my) forehead.

First, lay down a lid and lay two magnets on top of it.  Then put just a drop of glue on each magnet.  Take a second lid and press it down on top of thefirst lid. (It should stick together naturally, since everything in the jumble is magnetic.)  Set the two lids aside for the glue to set.  This takes about 30 seconds.

Step 4: Fill the Jars

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Once the lids are ready, you can go ahead and fill the jars. (Which is really what you've been waiting to do this whole time.)  You can also label them in the fashion of your choosing.  We chose to write on the lids.

Here are some of our more aesthetically pleasing spices. 

Step 5: Drill Holes in Cookie Sheet

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The title is pretty self-explanatory.  You want to put a hole in each corner of your cookie sheet so that you can screw it into the underside of the cabinets later on.  I used a 5/32 drill bit, but size isn't important. (Ha.) 

Step 6: Secure Cookie Sheet to Underside of Cabinet

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 With the screws, as with the drill bit, size doesn't matter.  Just make sure the screws are not so long that they'll poke through the wood and into the cabinet above.  Also, make sure that the head of the screw is large enough that it won't just pass through the hole you drilled. (There's a dirty joke in there somewhere...)

Step 7: Stick 'em Up!

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 Attach your fancy new spice jars to your fancy new metal-plated cabinet.

Step 8: Freecycle Your Old Spice Rack

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Give that crap to someone else and go enjoy your awesome new spice rack.

Or just go order some takeout and put your feet up.  You've earned it.

Step 9: Special Thanks

I have to give special thanks to my Lovely Assistant for her help in putting this project together and for inspiring it in the first place.  She is my muse.

And amusing. 


whodalolly (author)2017-10-10

That was so terrifically comical to read.

Thanks so much for that :)

I got to thinking after I read know the Velcro strips you can buy from 3M ? (or Scotch, whoever it is) - available at Dollarama's in Canada, btw.

To avoid any screwing going on (lol) , those suckers can hold up to 60 pounds. Why not fasten the female side to the lid and the male side to the under cabinet ? No cookie tray needed !

Any time you want to use a particular spice, simply unscrew the jar from the lid, use what you need and put 'er back ! Yeah ? No ??

I'm going to try that and come back to let you know :)

Preety1013 (author)2015-03-11

My suggestions:-
1.) Cut out a piece of Magnetic Adhesive Sheet on any type of spice jars u wanna use!
2.) For labeling, Self-Adhesive Multi-Purpose Chalkboard Liner.

AshleyM154 (author)Preety10132017-05-19

Great idea, but I found that the magnetic adhesive sheet wasn't strong enough to hold the weight of a glass spice jar. Instead, I stuck magnetic adhesive sheets directly to my wall and stuck spice tins to that! You just have to make sure to use something like a jar or can to roll along the magnetic sheets to make sure they adhere evenly, and wait 24 hours before trying to stick anything to them, or else they can come away from the wall and all your spices can end up on the floor (don't ask how I know this, lol!).

AshleyM154 (author)2017-04-19

I love your determination to make a magnetic spice rack without spending a fortune on it! Someone who had access to baby food jars could make it totally free! I might spend $4 on a can of spray paint to fancy up the old baking sheet, though. I'm actually writing a blog post about spice storage in RVs...would you mind if I included one of your photos and a link back to this post?

DorothyM5 (author)2015-08-27

Awesome!! GREAT JOB!! GOOD THINKING!!I am going to try this I live in a tiny house!! I need some more ideas. My Kitchen has no counter space at all!! Love the jokes in between.. :)

nanna_boat (author)2014-10-08

I am planning to do this! Now, if the lids are magnet-compatible, wouldn't you be able to just pop a magnetic strip up on the cookie sheet and stick the jars to the strip WITHOUT using any glue?

edsobo (author)nanna_boat2014-10-10

Actually, that's a great idea! I had a problem with some of the magnets coming off after a while, but a magnet strip would solve that nicely. (Added bonus - you could also use it to store knives.)

catrance (author)2013-05-17

cute dog!

catrance (author)2013-05-17

reading some of the questions, I think they can be named on the bottom instead of the top I am sure..maybe with stickers.. I will try this in my kitchen!! excited!!

Brassett (author)2011-09-06

I saw a different instructable for this and just finished, and I used an old cookie sheet, perfect upcycle. I loved your instructable, wish I would have found it first.

lsteer (author)2011-05-16

How do you read what jars you want if they're labeled on the lids? (just wondering)

edsobo (author)lsteer2011-05-17

You can't, really. Most of our jars are pretty easy to tell apart from the outside, so with the couple that we can't it's not really a big deal to just pull them down and check the top.

SMBonante (author)2011-01-26

Savory (Satureja) is a genus of aromatic plants of the family Lamiaceae, related to rosemary and thyme. There are about 30 species called savories, of which Summer savory and Winter savory are the most important in cultivation.


bobsbestgirl (author)2010-04-02

I am so glad you posted this structible...I would love to know where to find empty spice jars with metal lids, though...I've looked just about everywhere (I simply will not order online and pay for shipping...) and I can't put my hands on any reasonably priced ones...thoughts?

edsobo (author)bobsbestgirl2010-04-02

 The ones we used here came from World Market and only cost us $.99 each, which I considered to be pretty reasonable.  You might also want to look in at a restaurant supply store.  They would almost certainly have suitable jars, but I can't say for sure how much they would cost.

bobsbestgirl (author)edsobo2011-01-05

Thank you so much! I have been able to find some, now I just have to find the motivation to put it together. ;-)

MrsDJE (author)bobsbestgirl2011-01-04

If you know someone with a baby, ask for the empty baby-food jars (or post a 'wanted' on freecycle or craigslist). Soak the lables off, and you have nice sized spice jars free of additional charge!

zchampine (author)bobsbestgirl2010-07-02

Dollar Store! :p

Spice rack (author)2010-07-23

I really like how you organize your spices on the picture with the spice rack. It's clean, accessible and well organized. great post!

arualanne (author)2010-04-01

I was wondering about the jars. Do you think the small mason jars (you know the smallest canning size with the cut glass look) would work for this as well? The lid would seal tight then as well, so that would be a nice feature. I know I can get like twelve of them for less than ten bucks at the Super Store.

edsobo (author)arualanne2010-04-01

I don't see why not, though you might have to use an extra magnet or two per jar to account for it being heavier.

Madrigorne (author)2010-03-26

if you have a cookie sheet that seriously gungy and will work for this  fabulous project( this is going to be a present for my Pook - but you are embarrassed by the gunge - steel wool,  SOS, or brillo pads will power off that gunge - also can use the wire brush on your dremel tool - but if you try to cook food afterwards - the lil scratches will make for more stuck on burnt-ing.

edsobo (author)Madrigorne2010-03-26

I don't remember purchasing it, so I'm pretty sure that this one was leftover from when I had roommates.  Or that the cookie sheets are secretly having children in the dark corners of the cabinet.

The good cookie sheets get the Brillo treatment on a regular basis.

bertus52x11 (author)2010-03-22

 It's great, but why use magnets in a vertical setup? I use old peanutbutter jars to keep nut and screws. I have hammered two small nails through the lid and now I can twist the jar on and off the lid (the lid stays fixed).

alibc (author)bertus52x112010-03-24

That seems like it would leave a lot of holes in the underside of the cabinet. If you used that idea for a spice rack (or other food uses), it would take quite a bit of doing whenever you wanted to wash the lid. I'd also be concerned about rusty nails in/around food items. A great idea for a workbench, though.

bertus52x11 (author)alibc2010-03-24

 Didn't think about cleaning!

edsobo (author)bertus52x112010-03-22

I actually hadn't thought of that.  We went into it wanting some of those magnetic ones, but didn't want them mounted on the wall, and this was the result.

The nail-in-the-lid method would have worked out pretty well, too.

lemonie (author)2010-03-21

It's great. Did you see this one? The question was asked about doing it this way, you might go back and point that person to here.


edsobo (author)lemonie2010-03-21

I did notice that one when I did a search before-hand to see if anyone else had done a similar 'structible yet, but didn't look at it too closely since it was mounted against the wall.

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