Has your stash of spices outgrown your cabinet? Would you like to have a spice rack but do you often only see one that can hold 15 jars, while you have 50? Or are your spice jars just an inch too tall? This spice rack DIY is the answer! All you need is .. a cutlery tray! Scroll down to the pictures to get an impression, or get ready and make your own spice rack in 5 easy steps.
– a cutlery tray, I choose one made of bamboo because it’s light but sturdy
– 2 screw eyes
– steel wire
Let’s do this
1. Measure your spice jars
Before you buy your cutlery tray, you need to know the height of your spice jars. Mine were 8 cm, with a diameter of 5 cm. But I also have smaller ones, and some bottles I frequently use (e.g. worcestersauce).
2. What’s out there, and what will it cost you? (This step may be swapped with step 3)
Start browsing online and look for large cutlery trays that suit your needs. It may pay off to use different search terms! Does it come in a colour and material you like?
3. How big should your tray be?
Calculate or estimate the inside measurements of the tray you like to buy. I sort of drew an example below. If it has five sections of which one is perpendicular to the other four, like in my example, and the total measurements are 35(H)x25(W)x5(D), then you know that those 4 partitions have a maximum width of 25/4=6,25 cm. But of course that includes those 5 panels, and you probably won’t know how thick these are. So here’s what you do: make an educated guess!
Let’s say the partitions are 6,25 – or let’s assume 6 cm – wide. That leaves us 25(W)-24=1 cm for total thickness of the panels. With 5 panels, that’s 1cm/5 panels=0,2 cm per panel. That sounds unlikely. Let’s assume a width of 5 cm for the partitions. That leaves us 25-(4 partitions x 5 cm = 20)=5 cm for five panels. So that means that each panel can be up to 1 cm thick. That sounds plausible! You can guess it from the picture of the cutlery tray: does a panel look like 1 cm thick..? If it looks thinner: good! That means that the partitions probably are wider than 5 cm and that leaves you with room for error.
If you want to know it for sure, call the manufacturer and ask them if they can give you the exact measurements. It’s what I did to confirm my guesswork – and I was right, so next time I’ll just stick to guessing.
25 cm (W)
| | (5 cm)
| | | | |
| | | | | total length 35 cm (=H)
|4 partitions |
| | | | | (30 cm)
5 panels that divide the tray in 4 partitions
This drawing is an example tray, costs 23 euro, and (of course once it’s turned 45 degrees) can hold up to 24 spice jars and one bottle.
4. Can it hold enough jars?
Think of how many jars you can store in the tray. In the example we estimated the partition width to be 5 cm, so we have room for jars of 5 cm high. If we assume an equal width of the top partition (the one perpendicular to the rest), that leaves us how much room to put jars in? 35 cm from the total length – 5 cm for the perpendicular partition = 30 cm. My own jars have a diameter of 5 cm, so I could store 30 cm/5 cm = 6 jars per partition. Times four! And with room for a bottle of tabasco!
5. Hang it wherever you want
Use the screw eyes and steel wire to mount it on a wall or in my case, the side of my refridgerator.
And you’re done, for only part of the price you would’ve had to pay if you bought an “official” spice rack!
I bought this bamboo cutlery tray with measurements 71x47x6 cm. It was deep enough to hold most of my spice jars and as you can see, I had 7 rows for spice jars and 4 larger partitions for tabasco or worcestersauce and the likes. Come on, this must be the best spice rack DIY ever, right?!