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Crafting for Charity: How to Create a Spice Rack

Recently I decided it would be a great idea to gut our existing pantry and build a custom pantry. The process has been long and flat out exhausting, but I am happy to say we are on the tail end of entire project! One thing I really wanted for my new pantry was a decorative spice rack. The problem is they all look the same and have way more containers than I would EVER use. I don’t know about you but mustard seeds are not in high demand in our house! My solution, create my own custom spice rack. It’s a lot easier than you might think!



  • 1 – 1/4″ x 2″ x 2′ Poplar (or pine)
  • 1 – 1 /4″ x 3″ x 2′
  • 2 – 1/2″ x 3″ x 2′
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Paint (I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg)
  • 8 – Jars with lids (2 1/2″ diameter)
  • 8 – Vinyl labels


Step 1: Cut the wood to length. If you are using 2 1/2″ diameter jars like shown you will need your pieces to be at least 10″ long.

Step 2: Lay one 1/2″x3″ board down and glue a 1/4″ x2″ to the front and a 1/2″x3″ to the back clamp and let dry.

Step3: Glue one 1/4″x2″ to the front and one 1/2″x3″ to the bottom of a 1/2″x3″ board clamp and let set up. (Make sure your edges are flush)


Glue steps 2 and 3 together and clamp securely.

Step 4: Glue a 1/2″x3″ to the very top of your spice rack carefully clamp and let dry.


Step 5: Paint your spice rack.

Step 6: Create Labels for your jars using a vinyl cutter. If you like you could also use chalk board labels or chalk board paint to create a different but also pleasing look.

Step 7: Clean your jar and align the label

Step 8: Burnish your label allowing the lettering to stick to the jar


Step 9: Remove transfer tape and repeat steps 6 – 9 until all of your jars are labeled. Fill your jars with the appropriate spices and add them to your shelf.

In an afternoon you can create your own custom spice jar rack!


This project was created for the Crafting for Charity Blogger Giveaway competition sponsored by Homes.com.
Homes.com will give the winning bloggers charity $ 5,000.

TheDIYVillage.com has selected Catholic Charities of East TN as our charity. Catholic Charities addresses the unmet needs of the most vulnerable of our region by providing shelter, nourishment, counseling and education, in order to foster human dignity. They provide services to anyone with demonstrated need, regardless of race, income or religion; fewer than 5 percent of all clients served are Catholic.


One area Catholic Charities of East Tennessee focuses on is to help provide housing services needs for families transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency, single clients in group living facilities, and single clients to stable community living. Items on needs lists can be as simple as postage stamps and tissues to larger lawnmowers and appliances. Catholic Charities of East Tennessee (CCETN) is a member agency of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), which was founded in 1910 on the campus of Catholic University of America, in Washington D.C., as the National Conference of Catholic Charities. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people of all faiths each year. We are honored to have the opportunity to compete for Catholic Charities!

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Hi! I’m Maria, the Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. I am part of a dream team that is dedicated to running this awesome blog along with Homes.com’s social channels. If I am not busy writing blogs and socially sharing for Homes.com, you can find me painting, drinking tea with my friends, and doing DIY projects!

5 Replies to Crafting for Charity: How to Create a Spice Rack

  1. Great job Jacque!!

    Love the jars, they are so cool. Now spices are a conversation piece as well as a staple for delicious recipes.

  2. Great project, love it! The jars really make it! So, the big question is where did you get them?!?!

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