Introduction: Magnetic Spice Non-Rack

About: I'm crazy about gardening, although I've got a LOT to learn. I like the whole idea of suburban homesteading, and not just because I hate mowing the lawn. Canning and DIY are great. I also spend way too much ti…

Do you like cooking? I keep finding new recipes online and think, I've got to try that! It calls for fennel seed? Oh, sure, I've got that. Probably. Somewhere. No doubt in the far reaches of the dreaded "spice cupboard". A five minute search maybe finds it. Maybe not. I discovered today I have three large containers of ground coriander. Does anyone need that much ground coriander?

So I resolved to somehow manage my spices. Unfortunately, I'm involved in like 17 other projects simultaneously, in varying staged of completeness. I needed a quick, easy solution. I think I found it. My fridge is right beside the spice cabinet. Magnets are very cheap - like $0.10 US. So just glue magnets on the back of my spice containers. Not for all of them, just to relieve congestion in the spice cupboard.

Step 1: Put Down Magnet

Grab your spice jar. Grab a magnet. Place magnet on scrap of paper. I have used a post it. You might use an old envelope or a grocery store receipt. Do not use treasured family photos, they might get glue on them.

Step 2: Put Glue on Magnet

Put a big ol' blob of glue on that magnet. Is this the best glue for the job? I don't know. But I would guess no. But it was on hand.

Step 3: Put Spice Container on Glue Blob

Set the spice container on the glue. It may shift slightly. Or even roll off. I moved the glue container to prevent roll off.

Step 4: Let It Dry

I don't know how long it takes to dry. Probably varies depending on what glue you use. I let mine dry for 24 hours. As you can see, it seems to work.

Step 5: Side of the Fridge Is a Good Spot

The front of the fridge gets jostled a lot, the side of the fridge is ideal. More containers drying at the moment. Spice cupboard looks manageable now. Note the leftover magnets for another project. A hundred for $10 US.

Step 6: Conclusions

Final thoughts

  • Heavy spice containers may be too much for your magnets/glue.
  • Glass spice containers may break.
  • I could certainly jazz it up a bit with homemade labels.
  • I should report back in a while on how well they have held up with time/use.

Hope you found this useful. Good luck with your own spiceventures.