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How to Make a Spice Rack for a Drawer

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Wondering how to store spices in a drawer? This post will teach you how to make a spice rack for a drawer using cheap pine project board you can get at your local home improvement store.

How to Make a Spice Rack for a Drawer (for $4.50)

January is all about organization over here. I don’t know what it is about the post-holiday, new-year mood that makes you want to get your sh!t in order. Maybe it’s being stuck inside the house more than you normally would.

Or maybe it’s an empty promise to yourself that this is the year you’ll finally be organized. Maybe I’m getting too deep here at the start of a post, and people just like organizing. 🙂

One thing that we have always battled is spice organization. We have a lot of spices. For a while we did the lazy-susan-in-the-cabinet approach. That was too cluttered. Then we decided to use one of those plastic organizers with drawers to at least contain some of them from rolling around. That just became frustrating because you’d sometimes have to check three different drawers to find the spice you want.

spice organization

We toyed with the idea of doing a shelving organizer in our cabinet, but we ultimately decided that moving all of our spices to a drawer and using a draw organizer would be the best approach. We have more drawer space than we do easy-to-reach cabinet space.

I love how it turned out—you can easily see everything you have in one spot, and everything stays put! If you want to learn how to make a spice rack for a drawer, this project is for you.

how to make a spice rack for drawer
DIY Drawer Organizer for Spices

HERE’S WHAT I USED:

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  • 3/8″ x 3″ select pine craft board (cut to the lengths indicated in step 1)
  • Miter saw
  • Wood glue
  • Measuring tape and pencil
  • Bar clamp (optional)

And here are the steps to make a spice rack for a drawer.

(Remember to wear a mask and eye protection while sanding, and wear a mask while working with oil-based stains and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand.)

Step 1: First I cut my pine craft board as indicated below. I wanted the organizer to fit perfectly in the drawer.

how to make a spice rack for drawer
how to make a spice rack for drawer
how to store spices in a drawer

Step 2: Next I glued one of the dividers in. I started with the bottom divider. I measured my spices before I measured and marked where to glue the divider.

Not all spice jars and racks are the same size unless you buy the same brand for everything, so I used the largest measurement. I figured some of the smaller spice jars could be stacked on top of one another, too.

how to store spices in a drawer
how to store spices in a drawer

Step 3: Once that dried, about 30 minutes, I measured, marked, and glued the second divider. The third divider required a bar clamp because one of my side pieces bowed out just a hair, but you may not need one.

I wasn’t terrible worried about this popping out after the glue dried because the glue is really strong and there really wouldn’t be that much pressure put on the joint. The rack would be laying flat. (Months later and it’s still fine!)

how to store spices in a drawer

I didn’t stain or finish mine; I just popped it in the drawer and organized the spices. I’d say this was a super easy, high-impact project—what do you think?

And it was so freaking cheap to make. I love looking at it every single time I open the drawer. It really maximizes the space well.

how to store spices in a drawer
DIY Drawer Organizer for Spices #woodworking #diy #organizing #spiceorganizing #spicedrawer
how to make a spice rack for a drawer
how to store spices in a drawer

In fact, it was so easy and I loved it so much that I made a version for the junk drawer in our kitchen, too:

DIY junk drawer organizer
DIY junk drawer organizer
DIY junk drawer organizer

Share my tips about how to store spices in a drawer on Pinterest:

how to make a spice rack for a drawer

Like smaller, high-impact woodworking projects? Check out my DIY space-saving sofa end table made out of scrap plywood from our DIY murphy bed build, these DIY raised dog feeder plans, my easy DIY monitor stand, and our super simple hairpin leg console table project.

Yield: 1 DIY Spice Rack

How to Make a Spice Rack for a Drawer

DIY Drawer Organizer for Spices #woodworking #diy #organizing #spiceorganizing #spicedrawer

How to make a spice rack for a drawer using cheap pine project board you can get at your local home improvement store.

Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $4.50

Materials

  • 3/8" x 3" select pine craft board
  • Wood glue

Tools

  • Miter saw
  • Measuring tape and pencil
  • Bar clamp

Instructions

  1. Measure the sides of your drawer and cut the pine board accordingly so that they fit snug.
  2. With the side pieces in the drawer, measure for your divider pieces and cut pine board accordingly.
  3. Glue one of the dividers in. Start with the bottom divider. Measured your spices before measuring and marking where to glue the divider. *NOTE* Not all spice jars and racks are the same size unless you buy the same brand for everything, so use the largest measurement.
  4. Once the first divider is dry, measure, mark, and glue the second divider and allow it to dry.
  5. Measure, mark, and glue the third divider and allow to dry.
  6. Pop in your drawer and organize your spices!
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