Easy DIY Spice Rack
Spice storage was troublesome in our house. My mother and her friends had maybe 8 spices in a little rack. We still use the same basic 8 spices but our generation added a couple of dozen others. This DIY spice rack has room for all of them, this spice rack holds 40 jars with room for other condiments if needed.
Placement and Sizing
My kitchen has a teeny tiny pantry, its organized but so full all the time. There were only two unused spaces left, the walls between the shelf and the pantry door. Hubs built the DIY spice rack to fit into the widest space.
The best part of this spice rack is its height, mine is 6 feet tall. It’s tall, white and oh so handsome. Given the constraints of the small pantry, it was impossible to take a picture that shows the entire rack. The spice rack has two more shelves than shown.
Take Spice Rack Measurements
Measure the width of the open wall space between the shelves and the door. Mine is 12 inches.
For easy access to the spices, you will need the spice shelves to be a minimum of 6 1/2 inches between the bottom of the upper shelf and the top of the lower shelf. This rack has 7 small shelves and 2 long ones. If you have room for a larger shelf make sure you lengthen it by at least 6 1/2 inches.
I added two taller shelves on the bottom to house small assorted containers, like capers, horseradish, hot sauce. If you have more spices than I do feel free to continue with the small shelves the whole length of the spice rack.
Build the DIY Spice Rack
To make a DIY spice rack the same dimension like this one you will need:
2 – 1 by 3″ boards cut to six feet (Long Casing)
2 – 1 by 3″ boards cut in 2 – 11 inches pieces ( Top and Bottom casing) and 8 – 10-inch pieces (Spice Shelves)
1 – 1 by 2″ board cut into 8- 10-inch pieces (Shelf Support)
99 inches of small molding cut into 9- 11″ pieces (Cross Bar)
Screws, small nails and white paint.
Build the Outside Casing
All your cuts are simple square cuts. Cut two 1 by 3’s to six feet. If there is enough board left over, cut two 11 inch pieces. If not use a new board.
Make sure all the boards are square and edges meet exactly. Screw the short boards to the ends of the two long boards. (Careful not to attach on the inside of the long pieces or your shelves will be too short.)
Build the Shelves
Using the remains of your 1 by 3 ” boards, cut out 8 – 10 inch pieces (Spice Shelves)
Starting at the top. Measure 6 1/2 inches with a pencil, down each of long casings. Double check to be sure they are even on both long pieces. ( this ensures level shelves). Once you have confirmed that you like the spacing, screw the shelves into the place through the casing.
Next, take a 1 by 2″ inch board and cut into 8 – 10 inch pieces. The shelf supports not only strengthen the shelves. You will use them to attach your shelves to the wall.
Place the shelf supports under each shelf and screw into place.
Cut the moulding into 9 – 11 inch pieces. Place one of your spice jars on the shelf and place the moulding where it will hold the jar in place while allowing the jar to be moved easily. Ours is 1 inch above the shelf.
Nail the moulding into place with small nails or an air nailer.
If you like you can fill all the screw and nail holes. Frankly, this is a practical piece so I didn’t bother. It was given two coats of white paint.
Attach the DIY Spice Rack to the wall with screws into the studs. Due to the weight placing the screws in a wall stud is important. If the screws are not centered to the spice rack, it’s in a closet and doesn’t truly matter.
Jars and Labels
The jars are from the Dollar Store, I purchased them for 3/$1.00. May I suggest buying a few extra bottles and having them on hand in case you ever get a new spice. After all this work you want the jars to match. The labels were made in Word using a free Microsoft clipart of a mixer and Avery 22804 labels.
The pantry is not pretty I admit that, but it is extremely functional. At least it is now that I have the extra spice storage. Its tiny but this little easy project makes a huge difference. It freed up a whole shelf. As you can see it takes up no space in the pantry and everything is just as easy to get to.
The pictures have a bit of glare because my pantry has a lovely light in it. After the spice rack, the light is my favorite part.
Let me know what you think, and please pin the project if you think your friends may find it helpful.