Magnetic Appeal: Turn Empty Spice Tins into Mini Kitchen Organizers


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DIY spice tin organizers
Make these cute kitchen helpers out of empty spice tins to “spice up” your space.

With all the cooking that goes on in our household, we’re always stocking up on kitchen spices. Hungarian Paprika is an all-time favorite around here, given both Mary’s and my Hungarian heritage — it’s incorporated into all sorts of dishes including Hungarian goulash, chicken paprika, even as a way to add a spicy kick to kale chips. Old Bay is another one of our staples, going on or in everything from peel and eat shrimp, cheesy crab artichoke dip, to a Chesapeake style omelette. I guess you could say Hungarian Paprika and Old Bay seasoning would be the spices of choice if we could only pick two to survive on a deserted island with.

When the final sprinkles have been used, we hate to throw these empty graphic tins away, so we transform them into magnetic organizers to help wrangle the kitchen clutter that inevitably stacks up. It’s a really simple way to repurpose the tins and add a little spice to our space (pun intended).

How to make a magnetic kitchen organizer

Things You’ll Need

  • Metal spice tins
  • 1-inch ceramic disc magnets
  • Metal magnet clips
  • Craft glue

spice tin project supplies

Remove the spice tin caps and thoroughly rinse out to clean and dry. Adhere two 1-inch ceramic magnets to the backs of the tins using an all-purpose craft glue suitable for both ceramic and metal, such as e6000.

How to make magnetic tins

Magnet Tins DIY
After the glue has dried, the basic magnetic storage storage tin is made and it’s time to get creative. Store everything from your go-to pens and sticky notepads, to postage stamps, scissors and rubber bands. You could even nestle fresh blooms inside to add a pop of color in the kitchen or make succulent planters from several tins to create the look of a living wall.

Magnetic Storage Tins
To make them work even harder, we added a magnetic clip to the side of one tin that holds little reminders or odds and ends that have lost their way from around the house.

Magnetic Spice Tins with Note
With the addition of a drilled 1/8” hole near the base of the other tin, we’re also able to use them as kitchen twine dispensers, having at arm’s reach the ability to pull what we need to snip.

Spice tin twine organizer These recycled storage tins save those favorites from cooking and add a little graphic interest to your space. The same concept works with and can be applied to tea tins, mint tins and more — so give those metal containers a second look before throwing them in the recycling bin.

Magnetic Storage Tins
Looking for more organizational ideas? Learn how to make this simple leather catchall tray and check out our 5 favorite ways to decorate with ladders, each from eHow’s Home series.

Tim & Mary

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Keep up with Mary and Tim’s adventures in DIY, home and gardening on their collaborative lifestyle blog, 17Apart. Find them on Instagram (@17Apart) and page through delicious recipes on Tim’s food blog, E.A.T.

Photo credits: Mary & Tim Vidra

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