Do It Yourself Organization

Do It Yourself: Spice Drawer Organization

November 18, 2020
Spice Drawer Organization

Has anyone else been influenced by the goddesses that are Clea and Joanna, aka The Home Edit on Netflix? These badass ladies truly reinvented the organization game. I’ve become obsessed with their organization and interior design tips. Not that I wasn’t obsessed with organization before, but now I can’t get enough of it. There is something about having a home for every item that makes me feel complete and at ease. I highly recommend watching this show!

In this do-it-yourself tutorial, I’m going to show you how I organized my spice drawer using foam board to create shelves. This project is budget friendly, costing $5 to make the organizer and super easy!

Let’s SPICE things up!


What you will need:

  • 1 Foam board – You can find it at most Walmart’s or Dollar Stores.
  • Nonslip foam/drawer liner – Not necessarily needed but will help the glass jars from moving around.
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Spices in Jars

Jars with labels
I used two different size mason jars in this tutorial.

Medium jars are Bernardin smooth regular mouth mason jars – You can purchase these from any Walmart or Amazon.

Small jars are Ball® 4oz mini mason jars – You can purchase these from Amazon

If you like my label designs, you can download them for FREE here. You’re Welcome!


Step 1: Measure the width of your drawer.

Mark the drawer width on the foam board and trim the excess off using an exacto knife.

Measure the width of your drawer
Mark the drawer width on the foam board and trim the excess off using an exacto knife.

Step 2: Calculate the height and angle for your organizer.

Place the jar on the edge of the foam board and measure the height. Mark the height of the jar on the foam board by drawing a horizontal line with your pencil.

Place the jar in the drawer. To calculate the jar angle for the organizer, use a guide. In this case, I used my exacto knife as a guide for angle height. By placing the exacto knife under the jar, I can determine if this angle height works and if the drawer can still be closed. Try other objects as guides if you would like a steeper angle.

If you used a guide, measure the guide. This will determine the next horizontal line above the jar height on the foam board. (See image) The angle I chose to use was 0.5 inches. I measured 0.5 inches from the top of my jar height line to create the second horizontal line on the foam board.

Calculate the height and angle for your organizer.

Step 3: Score and cut the foam board to create the first spice shelf.

Deeply score the foam board along the jar height line. Cut through the first layer of paper and foam but NOT completely through the whole foam board. This will allow the board to bend.

Cut fully through the foam board along the second horizontal line (which is the angle height).

Score and Cut the Foam Board to create the first spice shelf.

Once you have the first spice shelf cut and folded, check to make sure it fits by placing it in the drawer.

Once you have the first spice shelf cut and folded, check to make sure it fits by placing it in the drawer.

Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 creating more spice shelves.

To avoid remeasuring, use the first spice shelf as a template. If you are using different sized spice jars you will need to remeasure. (See Step 5)

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 creating more spice shelves.
Test to make sure spice shelf fits in drawer.

Step 5: If using different sized jars, remeasure and create more spice shelves.

I chose to use medium mason jars for the first two rows in my spice drawer and mini mason jars for the back three rows.  When cooking, I use some spices a lot more than others, so I wanted my more popular spices to be in larger jars.

Mark the height of the smaller mason jars on the foam board, repeating steps 2 and 3. I suggest using the same angle height as the larger jars (0.5 inches).

If using different sized jars, remeasure and create more spice shelves.

Once you have all the spice shelves cut and folded, check to make sure they fit in the drawer.

Once you have all the spice shelves cut and folded, check to make sure they fit in the drawer.

Step 6: Hot glue the spice shelves together.

Hot glue the bottom of each spice shelf to each other. You want them to be connected. Don’t panic if the shelves are not holding the fold. You will want the spice shelf to be flexible in the drawer.

Hot glue the spice shelves together.

Step 7: Hot glue drawer liner to the spice shelf.

This step isn’t necessarily needed however, it does help prevent your jars from moving. It also hides the rough folded edge.

Hot glue the drawer liner to the spice shelf. My drawer liner wasn’t quite big enough to span the full width of my spice drawer. This is okay. You won’t notice the seam when you have all your lovely spice jars on top of it.

Hot glue drawer liner to spice shelf.

(Testing spice jars on foam board shelf) – EKKK! So cute.

(Testing spice jars on foam board shelf) – EKKK! So cute.
Apply drawer liner.

See! You can barely see the drawer liner seam.

See! You can barely see the drawer liner seam.

Step 8: Place spice shelf in the drawer and fill with spice jars

It’s quite magical isn’t it? Organization is a beautiful thing.

Place spice shelf in drawer and fill with spice jars
Beautiful Spice Drawer

If you tackled this project, leave a comment! I’d love to hear for you!

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Cait

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