Does your spice cabinet look anything like this? Yep, pretty messy. When I was out of town, my hubby noticed how bad it was and strongly suggested that I get the thing organized. So, I finally did.
Remember these retro spice racks? Think 1970’s, groovy apartment, cooking for yourself. Everyone has to have some nifty spices, right? I found this brand new spice rack with pretty glass bottles probably 2 years ago at a yardsale for 50 cents. And it’s been in my cabinet all this time, waiting for me to finally get to it.
Those computer skills I learned on the job have all come in handy and I knew just how to make some pretty labels in Word. I chose an oval shape, with a pretty border around it, added a pretty font and typed away. Twelve spices later, I hit print and was done.
Cut them all out with scissors and Mod Podged them to the bottles. A little Goo Gone on a Q-tip took off any residue around the labels.
Aren’t they cute? Here’s how to make the labels in Word:
Open a Word document, click on Insert, then Shapes. Pick out the one you like, I used an oval. You can resize and drag the shapes. You can then click on Shape Outline to pick an line outline, size and weight. It might say Format Autoshape & I had to click on More lines to get this one. Play around with all of that. Then, to get the font inside the box, click on Text Box, add your text and drag it inside the box. I used Bradley Hand for my font. You will have to get rid of the box around the Text Box by clicking No Line. All this is under Textbox Tools. And you may have to click No Background if your text box is hiding part of the circle. Then when you have it like you want it, hold down Shift and click the Text Box & Circle to group them together. Then, rick click and click Copy and then Paste to paste 12 more identical circles on your page. Drag them apart and change the name in the middle and presto, you’re done. You may have to hunt down right drop-down menus for your shapes and fonts. Word seems to change things up with every upgrade and the one I have now is much more confusing than the old version used to be. It’s really easy to do though!
Ready to rock and roll in the kitchen now.
I painted the rack black, of course, and they will be in reach under the cabinet for hubby or me (well, mostly me).
I also took the opportunity to clean out my old spices and since I usually buy the bulk spices at Whole Foods, I’ll store them in the cabinet and refill as needed.
Hope you got inspired to get your spices in order too. It feels good to be organized.
Not that I’m completely there. I still need to work on my closet. 🙂
What do your spices look like?
Come back on Monday for the master bathroom subway tile post! I’ve been working on it all week and it looks fantabulous! I LOVE IT!
very cute and cheep, love it!
I have a pot rack and dh puts all my spices on top, which I hate the wall is huge and this silly pot rack in the middle, I have been on his butt to build me shelves around it so I can place every spice I own plus want (LOL) and all my cake deco’s everything along that tall long lonely wall. I have exactly in my mind how I want it to look but now getting him to do it, is another story.
Pam @ Adventures In Homemaking says
My spices are in a plastic basket in my cabinet – functional, but nearly as cute as this. :0)
That looks great! Mine are all lined up in the cabinet above my stove. I keep them pretty organized!
I just got through organizing my spice cupboard, too. Apparently it was quite needed, because I found, count them, THREE unopened bottles of coconut extract. Three! Who needs three bottles of that? Besides, I don’t even use coconut extract 🙂 Yours look so pretty, and I love the idea of hanging them under the cabinet!
Sabrina Persico says
This looks wonderful! I have my spices in a drawer, lying flat. I’ve had it that way for years and its worked pretty well. Only problem is that it makes the drawer and the drawers below it, very spicy smelling. 🙁 Maybe I’ll try out this fab idea!
Cool, it took a bit for me to figure out the directions, but I did get the label to work. Now, I just need something to use them on. Printing on an actual labels would eliminate the mod podge.
Anne Loyd says
I love this idea! I am totally inspired to try this. Thanks for sharing!!!
Hi Rhoda – Your “new” spice rack looks wonderful.
I purchased this product a few years ago and LOVE IT !!! I bought 2 and ALL of my spices are contained (in alphabetical order). Just about the only thing truly organized in our home.
Take a look – a WONDERFUL PRODUCT !!! https://spicestack.com/index.php
Those turned out so great! Thanks for sharing, it gave me a push to keep going with my organization!!
I have an embarassing admission~Since I have too many spices to fit on a conventional spice rack (love yours~the labels are great!), I keep them alphabetized on a shelf in one of my kitchen cabinets. Yep~ I’ve gotten to the point where I alphabetize my food : )
Seriously, although it sounds neurotic, I can pretty much reach in and put my hand on what I need without digging around and making a mess.
This looks great – a wonderful idea. I saw this http://www.deandeluca.com/ViewProduct.aspx?ProductID=160213194 at a friend’s house last week.
Needless to say – yours is a much better price performer and absolutely darling Thanks for sharing.
I love seeing the transformation from something I would quick look over to something I would want to buy!! I need to train myself to start seeing the “possibilities” when I’m looking for items instead of just what’s there!
[email protected] Stories of A to Z says
It looks great. Love all the organized little bottles. My problem with using any kind of cute containers is that you then have to have extra storage to store the leftovers. My spice cabinet looks like a big mess right now and needs some help :). Getting organized and staying organized is a constant battle for me.
Just Love the spice rack idea!!!! What a difference it made with the cute labels on the bottles and the rack painted black……
Coincidentally, I was just grumbling about the hot mess I have made of the spices in my cabinet and the need to do a clean out and organization. Now, I’m doubly determined to do it!
Yours look great! It reminds me of my mom’s spice rack. I wonder if she still has it stashed in her attic. Hmmm…… thinkng… thinking…
Love the spice rack and the fact that it is not sitting on the counter! A design statement and functional! I found two great baskets that store all my spice bottles that I keep above my stove. So I can just take the baskets out of my cabinet while I am cooking and then put the up when I am done.
Hi ya’ll! Check out the SpiceStack for a great, in-cabinet organizer of store-bought spices. You won’t have to transfer anything using this thing and the price is nice compared to other “racks”.
Becky T. says
Love the rack.. I have 2 that I use for ribbon in my scrap room! Great idea to clean out that cabinet and super price to boot!!! 🙂