Looking for spice storage ideas? We have all the inspiration you need to get your coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and countless other spices organised in a way that's both practical and pleasing to the eye.
After all, what's a kitchen without a rather-ridiculous array of spices?
Spice jar alternatives
When it comes to storing your spices, the options are much more vast than what's you see on supermarket shelves. Check out the list below for some alternative spice storage ideas you may not have considered...
1. Test tube spice jars
For those of you who are all about aesthetics, test tube spice jars will be an amazing addition to your bohemian kitchen.
This test tube spice rack set from Amazon is a great way to get started. It's a compact, air-tight and pretty solution to all your spice dilemmas!
Or, if you're handy at DIY, why not make your very own set? Head over to Hello Young Lions XO to get her step-by-step tutorial.
2. Metal tins are super practical
Looking for a streamline spice storage solution? Stainless steel containers could be just the thing.
They're roomy, so you won't have to refill them every week, and extremely practical too - with their magnetic bottoms, you can stick them almost anywhere.
Add your own labels (scroll down to the bottom of the blog post for DIY spice label ideas) and you're all set.
3. Spice storage ideas using stackable jars
Really short on space? Consider investing in some stackable spice jars.
Unlike stackable jars, traditional spice jars are surprisingly difficult to store, which can be put almost anywhere. Invest in a set today and store them in your cupboards or even on kitchen worktops to maximise on surface and storage space.
4. Why not store spices in bags?
Storing spices in bags might not be traditional, but, do it right and it'll not only be practical but look good too.
Invest in some high-quality, re-sealable small bags, and you'll be able to store them in almost any drawer, or even hang them.
Bonus: unlike traditional spice jars, you'll easily be able to fit your measuring spoons inside, making cooking delicious food easier than ever!
5. Shop-bought jars
If you are going to buy spices in jars, our advice is to invest - get yourself a really nice set of jars which are well-labelled (preferable on the top and sides to make them easily identifiable).
Then, instead of re-buying them each time you're out, buy refill packs which are much cheaper and will save you lots of money over time.
6. Tic-tac boxes spice storage
This is definitely one of the weirder spice storage jar ideas, but it can be super handy - especially if you're short on space.
If you are or know a Tic-Tac fiend, start collecting the empty boxes. They'll serve as great little spice holders, which you can store neatly in even the tightest of spaces.
7. Baby-food jars
Whilst we're on the topic of upcycling, baby-food jars can also be wonderful for spice storage.
Give them a good clean, and they'll look just as aesthetic as IKEA's storage jars, without costing you a penny!
8. Regular jam jars
If you have the luxury of space, you can go crazy with you spice storage. Save up a selection of empty jars - everything from jams to olives will do - and pop your spices in them.
Put those you use often in larger jars, and the less frequently used flavourings in smaller jars. It will look great and give your kitchen a real homely feel.
Spice storage ideas
Now you've got your spices all jarred up, you need someone to store them. Whether you've got a lot of space or a little, there'll be a solution perfect for you in the list below.
9. Magnetic board behind your cooker
What's better than having spices in the cupboard next to your cooker? Having them on a magnetic board above your cooker!
Magnetic boards make spice storage easy. Like the sound of this? Any spice jar with a stainless steel top will stick onto your magnetic board giving you no more excuses for flavourless cooking!
10. Cupboard door shelves
Run out of cupboard space? Not so fast!
Your shelves may all be used up, but that's not to say you can't add more. Your cupboard doors are the ideal place for adding spice racks - they'll be out of the way whilst staying neatly organised.
11. Pull down spice rack
Perhaps you do have some shelf space left, but not quite enough to accommodate your ever-increasing spice selection.
A pull-down spice rack. This will multiply your space and give you more than enough room.
12. Why not hang your spice jars?
Hanging spices aren't something you see very often - if ever - but that's not to say they aren't worth trying.
If you're out of worktop and cupboard space, using the wall could be a great option.
There are two ways of doing this.
- À la IKEA with a rail, curtain rings, clip-on hooks and bagged spices.
- À la Dream Girl DIY, with simple hooks, some metal wire and simple spice jars.
13. Vintage soda crate spice rack
Fan of quirky interiors? It's time to go retro!
A vintage soda crate is the perfect spice storage solution. Not only does it serve its purpose, but it will make a real statement in your kitchen too.
14. Don't forget the fridge
The fridge isn't just a place for magnets and family photos - it can also be a place to store your spice jars!
You can either by new, magnetic spice jars, or simply glue a strong magnet onto your existing spice jars.
Keep them on the fridge, and they'll be easy to access and look pretty lovely too.
15. Shower caddy
Just because it's called a shower caddy, doesn't mean you can't use it elsewhere.
Shower caddies are useful all over the home, including in the kitchen. Pop one over your kitchen cabinet door and voilà - your very own spice rack.
16. Spice-gripper clips
We've officially found it - the easiest spice jar storage solution out there.
Of all the spice storage ideas, this is the simplest and most adaptable. Spice-gripper clips can be put up anywhere - on the wall, inside cupboards and on cabinet doors.
The best thing about them is that you can scatter them around, meaning they can fit in and around whatever space you're working with.
17. Magnetic strip spice jar storage
Just when you thought you were all out of space, we've got another one of our brilliant spice storage ideas for you.
This one involves putting a magnetic strip under your kitchen cabinets to hold spice jars.
This is literally the most space-saving solution you could wish for. Not only that, but it also keeps spices easily-accessible for whenever you may need them.
Is your kitchen tiny? Check out our organisational tips for small kitchens for more great ideas!
18. Lazy Suzanne
Lazy Suzannes aren't just for jams and condiments - they can also be used as spice racks.
Picking out your thyme for your tarragon is much easier when you can spin your spices around.
19. Drawer inserts
Super shallow drawers are neither use nor ornament...unless you invest in some drawer inserts that is.
Spice jar drawer inserts will enable you to lay your spices flat, and finally make use of shallow drawers for something other than pens, random screwdrivers, sellotape and other clutter.
21. Purpose built
Are you a bit of a dab hand at DIY? Then why not put your skills to use and create a personalised, purpose-built spice rack or cabinet that fits your kitchen perfectly.
Love DIY? Check out our other handy DIY tips that no one should live without!
Spice jar labels - 6 unique ideas to personalise your spices
Now for the fun part! Before choosing your new spice jar labels, it's first worth considering:
- How much time you want to spend.
- How much money you want to spend.
- How much versatility you need.
Keeping those criteria in mind, check out the spice jar labels below for some fab ideas.
22. Chalk-paint spice jar labels
We just love chalk-paint here at Expert Home Tips. Not only is it practical, but it looks great too!
Why not customise your spice jars with chalk-paint? It's extremely versatile, as you can erase and re-write the labels as many times as necessary.
23. Printable spice jar labels
Not the creative type? Let others do the work for you!
There are loads of gorgeous printable spice jar labels on the web already. We particularly like these circular, modern labels from Snippets Of Design.
Customising your spice jars has never been easier!
24. Print your own labels
And for those of you that are creative, why not try designing your own spice labels? Not only will this enable you to create a design that matches your kitchen perfectly, but you'll also be able to get the size spot on.
25. DIY spice jar labels using string & card
Want something even easier?
Create rustic-looking, versatile spice jar labels using brown packaging string and some card. These are extremely effective, and cost next-to-nothing to boot!
They're definitely a favourite with us.
26. How to make your own labels
There's a new trend out there in the crafting world, and today we're sharing it with you.
DIY labels, but not as you know them! These DIY labels have no background - just words, giving your spice jars a super-professional, 'shop-bought' look.
Best of all? You can make them at home with your printer and some packaging tape. Get the full tutorial in the video above.
27. Purpose-bought spice labels
No time to faff around? Get on the internet and find yourself some pre-made spice jar stickers.
This set from Amazon has a label for every spice imaginable, and they look pretty too!
Which of our spice storage ideas is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!