If you love our hexagonal jars and don’t want to just throw them in the recycling bin then an upcycled spice rack is a fantastic way to make use of them.
Apart from being rather pretty, hexagonal jars can also be arranged together in a nice honeycomb pattern, and what better way to make use of this than as a spice rack, with all the different coloured spices filling up the jars it will not only organise your spices but brighten up the kitchen as well.
Luckily making the spice rack is incredibly easy! Here is a step by step tutorial in making your own:
You Will Need:
- Clean hexagonal jars – As many as you want
- Stainless steel metal sheet
- Four screws for mounting on wall
- Flat neodymium magnets to fit within top of jar lids
- Labels – This is where you can get creative; Marker Pen? Post-its? Stickers? Embossing? You decide!
Putting it Together:
Once you have collected enough empty glass jars give them a good wash in hot soapy water, you won’t need to sterilise them as long as they are clean. For a metal sheet you can visit a hardware store and buy one yourself but you may need to round off the edges at home which will require a decent tool set (tin snips may suffice depending on the thickness of the metal). Alternatively you can purchase ready made sheets of metal on the internet that even have holes drilled in for the screws. Try Etsy or Amazon which both sell magnetic plates for this very purpose if you’d rather take the simple route. Make sure that however much metal you have there is plenty of room for adding to your spice collection in the future.
They even look cool when empty!
The next important step is finding the right place to put your spice rack, make sure your designated space will be out of direct sunlight so the spices maintain their freshness and quality longer. You can avoid the metal sheet altogether by using the side of your fridge but 9 times out of 10 this will be in a place where your jars will be knocked off the fridge on a semi regular basis, it also isn’t a good idea to stick them to the front of your fridge as opening and closing the door can also lead to a high chance of knocking your jars off.
I haven’t had one break from dropping it yet but better not to chance the mess! Fixing a stainless steel sheet with four screws to a spare bit of wall in the kitchen in a handy place will not only be a safer spot for your jars it will also fill up some bare wall with a bunch of pretty spices.
It is important when searching for the right magnets to ensure they are not only flat and round to make the most use of the lid but are also very very strong as they are holding a considerable glass jar, neodymium magnets are best and will provide an amusing challenge for you trying to glue them to the centre of the magnetic lids. Make sure you give your magnets plenty of time to dry out and set and then all you need to do is fill your jars, affix the appropriate labels and your jars are finished! Simply screw on the lids and stick them onto the metal sheet and woohoo, you have a pretty new spice storage system!
The potentially endless array of colours is truly staggering.
Alternatively if you can’t wait to collect enough of our jars or don’t have the time for the DIY, the fantastic Etsy seller Beth Weisberger in the United States has done the whole thing for you, and she ships internationally! She has a wonderfully vast array of spices and gift ideas, with a great focus on sourcing local produce and being as environmentally sustainable as possible. You can check out her store here.
For more DIY and upcycling inspiration of all kinds you can visit our Pinterest Page.
Images via GneissSpice.