Handcraft a Magnetic Countertop Spice Rack

Keep your spices right where you need them all while adding a healthy dose of charm to your kitchen decor.

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Finding an effective way to store spices while keeping them within reach is harder than it seems, but this stylish magnetic storage solution is here to change that. Add some rustic charm all while boosting your home chef potential with this budget-friendly DIY spice rack.

Materials Needed

  • scrap boards
  • chop saw
  • orbital sander
  • paint brush
  • two complementary paint colors
  • food-safe sealant
  • safety equipment
  • cloth
  • two wooden braces
  • 3/4" wood screws
  • drill
  • 1/4” and 1/8” drill bits
  • 1/4” dowel
  • wood glue
  • galvanized metal tray
  • glass spice jars with labels
  • magnets
  • hot glue gun + sticks

Prep Wood

Start by laying out four distressed pieces of scrap wood side by side, then mark and cut them all to the same length. This length will be determined by the size of the metal tray you plan to use. Lightly sand the boards and clean the dust off. Layer two complementary paint colors on the boards (we chose yellow for the base and red to accent) and use a cloth to blend. The goal is to have a thin, distressed paint finish that maintains the visibility of the wood’s grain. Once paint dries, seal with a food-safe sealant following the manufacturer's instructions.

Assemble Frame

Turn the boards over and lay side-by-side, then secure together with two thin wood braces and wood screws. Once the frame is complete, drill holes for two dowels on each corner of the bottom of the back, fill with wood glue and slide two small dowel pieces in place. This will allow the boards to stand upright like a picture frame.

Add Magnetic Tray

Upcycle 300 - Spice Rack

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

Center metal tray on boards, using a measuring tape to ensure even distance top to bottom and side to side. To attach the tray, drill four small holes on the top, bottom and sides, then secure to the scrap boards with wood screws.

Add Spices and Complete

Use a label maker to label your spice jars, then secure small magnets to the back of each jar with hot glue. All that’s left is to fill your jars, place them on your new spice rack and find the perfect spot on your countertop.

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