Jan 30 2015

Organized spice jars make finding spices easier

Published by at 2:22 pm under Cooking,Crafts

Spice jars

Here’s a post that I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Had the pictures, but got waylaid by life. Better late than never!

Spice jars are one of those items that always seem to end up a crazy mess. Partly it’s because the ones you get in the rotating ones never hold a full jar. So I end up with lots of half empty jars that sit in a pile. See picture below for evidence:

Old spice set

Old spice rack

And above is an example of the rotating spice rack. I really loved this rack — smooth turning, very pretty. But the jars just didn’t hold enough. And when the tops got too hot they exploded off (hence the empty spot you see).

Spice jars -- cleaned

So I researched jars and found these jars above, shown after cleaning them before pouring in the spices. Reasons I like them:

  • they’re made of Italian glass
  • they’re 5 oz and most store bought spice bottles are 4 oz, so they hold at least one spice jar (no extra jars floating around)
  • they’re just around 3 in tall which fit in the drawer which I wanted to put them in
  • they have nice wide mouths which is good for inserting measuring spoons
  • they have screw top lids to keep spices fresher
  • they are a super cute shape — kinda square so they line up nicely

Spice jars

I made up labels for the jars using my Silhouette. I measured how big I wanted the labels and put those as a cutting circle. Then I put a dashed circle in that, the name of the spice and cute little flower icon. I cut them out of some generic white full page sticker paper.

For those curious, the font is Apple Butter and the flower is also from a font, Floralia. I’ve put the files up on my Silhouette Designs page available for personal use in case you want to see how I did it or want to use them yourself if you buy the same type of jars. 

Spice jars

I placed my labels on jar lids and then filled the jars accordingly and put them in my drawer where they were the perfect height. Of course, they are alphabetized. And I love them. They make finding my spices so much easier and fun to to use!

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Organized spice jars make finding spices easier”

  1. Angieon 24 Feb 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Where did you get your jars from?

  2. Pigleton 02 Mar 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Hi, Angie, I got most of mine from Amazon. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Bormioli-Rocco-Quattro-Stagioni-Canning/dp/B0000CFHM6 But you can also get them from The Container Store which is where I picked up extras to round out my set.

  3. S. John Rosson 25 Feb 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Hey, I drew those letters =)

  4. Pigleton 26 Feb 2016 at 12:11 am

    It’s a great font — thank you for creating it!

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