DIY Spice Rack with baby food jars

I've been holding onto Some Boy's old glass baby food jars for ages, knowing that one day they would make for a fun craft. And then the other day as I was searching for spice in my cluttered cabinets, it dawned on me: these would make the perfect DIY spice rack! I had an old magnetic Melissa & Doug board and some strong magnets that I bought for another project that all came together nicely for this.

painter paint markers

I was momentarily stumped as to how I would label the spices in my DIY spice rack (I contemplated stickers but thought that would look tacky and eventually start to wear off), and then remembered one of my favorite crafting tools. I always stock up on Painters Paint Markers from Elmer's at Walmart, and they can be used on glass as well as wood, styrofoam, plastic, metal, fabric…just about anything! I've used acrylic paint with a thin paintbrush for glass projects in the past, but that gets really messy. Painters Paint Markers are a lot more precise and a lot easier to clean up.

painters paint markers at walmart

Walmart just started carrying them individually for $1.97 in a bunch of different tip points and color options, so you can get exactly the look you're going for without buying multiple 5-packs.

DIY Spice Rack

DIY Spice Rack

Baby food jars
Magnetic board
1/2″ x 1/8″ Neodymium Magnets
Painters Paint Markers

baby food jar craft

Clean out the baby food jars and remove any excess residue (I used a combination of dish soap, Goo Gone and fine sandpaper to do this).

DIY Magnetic Spice Rack

Place a magnet on the inside of each baby food jar lid (you may need to two magnets per lid, depending how strong your magnetic board is and how heavy your baby food jars are). Since the jar lids are made of metal and are already magnetic, you shouldn't need any glue to make the magnets stick. And please be careful to keep these magnets away from your kids…I've heard a couple horror stories about children trying to eat these things.

DIY Painted Spice Rack

Fill each jar with spice, turning the filled jars upside down and placing them next to the empty spice containers. Using the Painters Paint Markers, write the name of each spice on the bottom of each baby food jar. Let dry.

DIY Spice Rack magnetic board

Hang the magnetic board. I spray painted the frame of mine and then simply screwed it into the wall.

DIY Spice Rack

Attach the baby food jars to the board with their magnetic lids.

Tada! Now all your spices will be at your fingertips any time you need them with this fun DIY spice rack. For more clever craft ideas from Elmer's, check out their Twitter and Facebook pages!

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