Let me start out by saying I looooooove how my spice jars turned out! LOVE!
I took the tips from various sites that recommended using canning jars. My initial intent was to use chalkboard paint and then write the names on with chalk or a liquid chalk pen. I did that and it was a miserable failure, so I needed to find another way.
I created my own labels for the tops. I have 3 colors. Green is for my mixes (‘mixed with love’), red is for peppers (‘sprinkle with care’), and blue is for everything else (‘sprinkle with love’). Only having top labels was perfect for the jars being stored in my spice drawer, but then I couldn’t see the names on the ones stored in my cabinet, so I also made matching labels for the front of the jars.
I originally organized my spices this way back in February. It’s now mid-August and I needed to make some labels for the mixes I’ve made. I thought I’d take some pictures as I did it.
Here is an unlabeled jar with chili powder in it.
Here is the page I printed with the labels. They are printed on sticker paper: Avery® White Full-Sheet Labels for Inkjet Printers with TrueBlock(TM) Technology, 8-1/2 inches x 11 inches, Pack of 25 (8165) After much time spent with Google, I decided this would work best and it has so far! I even accidentally rinsed a lid off and it didn’t harm the label much.
I used a 2″ hole punch to cut the lid labels out. The front labels are cut out with scissors along the inner white line.
And here is the jar with the labels on it. Easy!
These are the 6 jars I put labels on today.
In my cabinet spice rack. Italian is empty because I use it all the time and I need to make more. If you notice on the Northwoods seasoning, there’s also a rectangular label near the bottom where I list what’s in it. I may do that for the other mixes or maybe a square label for the back with a recipe for the mix.
Here’s how I organized my cabinet when I first did this project. Ignore the lemon pepper, it was having an identity crisis. lol
FYI, I also bought some of the plastic storage lids. A – they’re ugly! B – my drawer and cabinet smelled like spices! No thanks. Stick with the two lid approach. No odors get out, not even fennel seed.
There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this and maybe it gave you some ideas for your own home.