DIY: Magnetic spice rack

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – If your cupboard looks anything like mine, it needs to be organized ASAP. Besides living in an apartment with tight kitchen quarters, I’m a freak when it comes to clutter. When my living space is a mess, so is my mindset. Before this project, this is what my “spice rack” looked like:

spices

If I ran out of room in the cupboard they were thrown in, I would move my most frequently used spices to the counter where they would sit and take up space. This is embarrassing, and you should know this is not my normal method of organization. However, putting together a lunch every morning and dinner every evening, I got sick of various objects raining on my head as I tried to squeeze the basil out of the tight cupboard. This magnetic spice rack is so easy to make, can be done in a few hours, and is cost effective. The whole project cost a little under $50, which is a lot cheaper than most store bought racks that usually hold around 6 spices.

The supplies:

supplies

Here’s what you will need: Tin containers with lids, magnets, sand paper and J-B Weld.

Let’s start with the jars. I used specialtybottle.com, each jar ranges from about 60-80 cents. I used the 4 ounce, round, clear top tin, but there are different shapes and lids to choose from. You can get these anywhere: Ikea, World Market, Meijer, Walmart, almost anywhere that sells home or kitchen goods. I shopped around and found that jars from the big box retailers ranged from $2 to $3 a pop. Count your spices, you have more than you think and the jars are the bulk of the expense.

jars

Rare-earth magnets are strong permanent magnets made from alloys of rare earth elements. Basically, these are some seriously strong magnets! I considered using regular store bought magnets, but after searching around I found that people who used them didn’t think they were strong enough and wore down after a couple months. The magnets I used were from K&J Magnetics, I bought enough for three magnets on each tin. For the same reason, that’s why I opted to use J-B Weld which you can find at your favorite hardware store. I wanted to seal those magnets on tight and make sure they would last. The price of the earth magnets and glue was under $15.

Step-by-step:

Step 1: After washing the jars, create a clean and spacious work space. A place where the jars can sit to dry.

Step 2: Next, rough up the bottoms of the jars with sand paper. Wipe with a damp paper towel to get rid of any leftover grit.

Step 3: Prepare the J-B weld. Keep them separate until you are ready to attach the magnets, this stuff gets tacky quick. Mix the two glues until they form a uniformed, light grey color.

Step 4: Dot the J-B Weld where you want the magnets to go. I first tried to use a bobby pin, but it wasn’t strong enough. Instead, I opted for a wooden skewer which worked great. The dot should be about the size of a sesame seed and ignore the urge to apply more. J-B Weld is magnetic which is good for the strength of the attachment, but can start to creep over the top of the magnet if too much is applied. Attach the magnets using tweezers. This was easier than I thought it was going to be. You just need to hover the magnetic over where you want it to land and the attraction should do the rest.

Step 5: I left my jars out to dry overnight, but they should be good to go in 4 to 6 hours.

Step 6: Pour in your spices and label. I liked how the gold marker looked on the clear top, but you can use any label you like! Labeling is highly encouraged because all the spices start to look alike after awhile.

Viola! Convenient, nice looking, and space saving. This project was so easy and cost effective, and I enjoyed doing it. Comment any questions below, happy DIYing!

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