A few years ago, I ran across small, silver magnetic storage tins at World Market that were perfect for storing spices on the side of the refrigerator. Since my husband and I were living in a 740 square foot loft at the time, they were the perfect solution for utilizing unused space and giving us valuable cabinet storage back.
Unfortunately, they were almost $4 per container.
Even if I could streamline our spice stash down to ten, that would still mean $40 spent on storage containers that wasn’t necessarily a need. As much as I liked them, I just couldn’t justify the expense.
A few months later, I was still thinking about those silly containers and determined I could probably make something similar myself. I put together a plan but never followed through. Call it lazy, busy, or whatever. The bottom line is I never made them.
Ever so often I still thought about how nice it would be to have matching spice containers. So even though we don’t live in that small space anymore, I finally got to work and made my own space-saving magnetic spice containers!
DIY Magnetic Storage Bins
- Baby food jars and lids
- Chalkboard paint
- Chalk (I used regular chalk but I’d rather use chalk markers since my handwriting is atrocious)
- Self adhesive magnetics (I used magnetic tape but these heavy duty magnets and a glue gun would be much better)
- Remove label from baby food jars and wash thoroughly.
- Paint the lid with chalkboard paint. Let dry. Repeat at least once if not twice.
- Dry at least 24 hours.
- Rub a bit of chalk on the lid and rub off with your finger before labeling. It just helps the chalk stick a bit. I used regular chalk but next time I think I’d prefer chalk markers to make sure the name isn’t easily removable.