Messy spice drawer got you down? Transform your spice drawer so it’s never cluttered again with this simple spice drawer organization idea. Mason jar spice jars are a game changer!
Is your spice drawer a mess? Do you spend precious time searching for that one spice you need for dinner? I have been there and wasting time searching for spices is the pits! That’s when I began searching for how to organize spices once and for all!
This spice drawer organization idea is super simple. It was first posted over at the Darice blog. However, I wanted to share it here in case you missed it because this system works!
I love organizing spices in mason jars. However, my version has a unique twist that takes an already great idea and makes it even better. I have been living with this mason jar spice organizer for several years now, and it really works for us. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Mason Jar Spice Drawer Organization Supplies
Here’s what you’ll need to create this organizational system so you can always find what you need.
Note: I’ve included links to help you find the supplies faster. These are affiliate links which means you won’t pay any extra if you click through this link and make a purchase, but I’ll receive a little bit to put towards this site.
- Ball Quilted Jelly Canning Jar 4 Oz
- Die Cuts with A View Chalkboard Card Stock Stack
- Sizzix Big Shot Machine or something to cut circles
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set Circles
- Glue Dots
- Chalk Pens
How to Use Mason Jars for Spices
I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy seeing ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos for projects like this. It helps me to really see the difference and visualize how the project would look in my own life. This project for how to organize spices is the perfect example.
So, would you like to see the state of my spice drawer before its transformation? Yep here it is in the messy, cluttered, disorganized state.
Now here’s what I did to turn this messy, disorganized drawer into a clutter-free, always-find-what-you-need spice drawer.
Step 1: Cut out chalkboard circles for your jar lids
I started with the chalkboard paper stack and chose blue for the tops of my jars.
Using a Sizzix and a circle die close to the size of the top of my jars, I cut several circles from the blue chalkboard sheets.
Another way to do this is to trace the lid onto the paper and use scissors to cut out circles. The edges of your circles won’t be visible, so any method you choose will work just fine.
Step 2: Fill mason jars and add lid labels
Add your spices to the jars and top them with the lid and chalkboard circle. Nothing else is needed as the two-part lids will hold the chalkboard circles in place perfectly. Don’t forget to use your chalkboard pen and label the jar!
The mason jar spice jar part of this project is now complete.
But remember when I said I had a unique twist to my method of organizing spices in mason jars? Here’s the twist.
Step 3: Line your drawers with chalkboard paper
In addition to using the chalkboard paper on your mason jar lids, line your drawers with chalkboard paper too.
I recommend using a different color of chalkboard paper in your drawer. Trust me.
When I added the paper to my drawer, I had to use two pieces cut to size and overlapped them as shown. I used the Glue Dots to stick the two pieces together so they would not move or shift.
Step 4: Trace your jar lids for organized jar placement
Then trace the top of your mini mason jar all over the chalkboard paper as shown. This is the layout of how your jars will be in the drawer.
I tested out the placement of my jars in the drawer before marking my spice organizer paper. I recommend this step to save you time from having to fix it if you mess up.
However, if you do mess up, remember that it’s only a chalk marker and will easily erase with just a damp cloth.
NOTE: Be sure to trace the top as shown. If you trace around the bottom of your jars, the circles won’t be big enough and will throw off your jar placement.
Step 5: Alphabetize your spices and label the circles
I then laid out my spices in alphabetical order and began to write each spice name on the chalkboard drawer liner. Do you see where I am going with this? Organizing spices in mason jars has never been easier – or more helpful, y’all!
Step 6: Add your mason jar spice jars to your drawer
Load up your drawer with all of your spices and admire your mason jar spice organizer. Look what happens if you remove a spice as you’re cooking. You know EXACTLY where to put it back! A brilliant time-saving feature!
This is my absolute favorite part of this entire spice drawer organization project.
I now have two spice drawers that look like the below image (yep, I use a lot of spices!). I am one happy, organized lady.
Spice Drawer Organization: Final Thoughts
The salt and pepper grinder in the back of the drawer are just extras because there isn’t enough room in the drawer for another row of jars. But they will also keep your jars from shifting as you open and close the drawer so it’s an all-around win-win!
The other drawer that’s not shown also has room for expansion of my spice collection. There are jars with tops that have no writing so I can fill those with whatever I wish.
Using chalkboard paper and pen in this project makes it super simple to rearrange the order of your spices any time you want. Just erase the liner with a damp cloth and reorder. You gotta love that. 😉
Now, if y’all will excuse me, I am off to gaze lovingly at my spices. I’m still enamored with my way of organizing spices in mason jars. It was definitely love at first glance!
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- Choose a color of chalkboard paper for the tops of my jars.Used a Sizzix and a circle die close to the size of the top of my jars to cut several circles from your chalkboard sheets.Alternative: trace the lid onto the paper and use scissors to cut out circles. You won't be able to see the cuts thanks to the lids, so any method you choose will work.
- Fill your jars with your spices and put the lid and chalkboard circle on top. The chalkboard circles will stay in place perfectly thanks to the two-part jar lids. Use your chalkboard pen and label the jars!
- Line your spice drawer with a different color of chalkboard paper. I found that it worked best to overlap my sheets of chalkboard paper once they were cut to size. Secure with glue dots.
- Trace your jar lids onto the chalkboard paper in the drawer to organize your jar placement.
- Alphabetize your spices and label the circles in the drawer.
- Add your mason jar spice jars to the drawer.
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