Spice jars come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, which is fine if you’re a brand trying to stand out in a grocery store, but not so fine if you’re a Mom trying to keep your seasonings from becoming a hot mess while throwing together a weeknight meal between piano lessons and karate practice. Sound like your life? I feel ya, girl. But before you give up on ever having a clean spice cabinet, let me show you what I did with my own seasonings to make dinner prep way easier.
DIY Spice Jar Labels
I realized that the bottles I had were all different. Some were short, some were tall, some were fat, others were skinny, some glass, some plastic, and a few had lids that straight up sucked. Not to mention the labels were also very different, which made looking for the cumin a little difficult. (Random side note, cumin sprinkled on sweet potato fries before roasting is AMAZE-BALLS)
So to make things easier to see and find, I decided I should take a note from the fancy tea store I visit monthly and put them all in clear identical jars. I’d be able to see exactly what’s inside and how much of it I have left before I need to restock. So I ordered these jars from Amazon (they had the best reviews) and two days later I was ready to rock and roll.
**I so wish I had a ‘before’ picture for you, but I guess I got excited about clearing out the drawer, and I forgot the pic. Forgive me. #bloggerfail
- Clear Glass Spice Jars
- Plastic Funnels
- Cricut Maker with Standard Grip Mat
- Design Space Access
- Cricut Removable Vinyl (I used white)
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Cricut Tool Kit and Cutting Mat
- Washable Paint Pen
- Post-It Notes, Pen, and Paper
Cricut Project Level:
- Beginner Project
- 1-2 Hours
- Minimal Supplies
First, I washed all the jars and lids in warm soapy water and allowed them to air-dry for 72 hours. I wanted to make sure there was absolutely no moisture whatsover inside that would damage my herbs and spices. I also wanted to make sure there was no soapy film or residue on the outside, because I planned on using vinyl labels.
Vinyl + Slippery Residue = Waste Of Good Cricut Materials.
When I was ready to get started, I set up shop on my dining room table. I grabbed a pad of Post-It notes, a pen, a sheet of paper, and a few plastic funnels. (I tried a silicone funnel first, do not do that. Bad idea.)
Fill The Jars First
I know it seems like you should put the labels on first, but despite using a funnel, you’re still going to make a bit of a mess with some of the spices, and you don’t want them getting all over your pretty new labels, so I suggest filling them first. That’s where the post-it notes come in. As you’re filling the jars, write down the contents on the post-it and stick it to the jar.
You’ll also want to write the name of the spice/seasoning on a sheet of paper so you can use it as a master list when you get into Design Space.
**Extra Tip: Before you trash each manufacturer’s container, use a washable paint pen to write the expiration date on the bottom of your new glass bottle. That way you can keep up with when to toss the contents and refill it, and you can just wash off the old date and write a new one.
Create Your Labels
If you bought the exact same jars I used (these jars from Amazon) then I made it super easy on you. You can use my exact template of words that are already sized to fit those jars. Just be sure that if you’re changing any of the words, the total length doesn’t exceed 2.9 inches. I had to make a few words smaller so they’d fit.
If you bought different jars, you can either use my Design Space template and just readjust the sizes, or you can create a new custom template however you want.
**Label template can only be opened and used in Cricut Design Space. It is not available for download on my website.
After you’ve typed out all the words you need for your labels, just print, weed, and prep them for transfer.
Now that your labels are ready to be transferred, you can work one-by-one to replace the post-it label you stuck on with your new vinyl label.
I definitely think using removable vinyl is best, because your cooking spice needs may change over time, and you may find that you need to replace the dried parsley with a more versatile Italian seasoning blend to save space. You can just scrape off the label and print a new one. Since it’s a glass jar, it should come off fairly easily.
This is totally optional, but highly recommended. There’s a reason grocery stores keep their spices and seasonings stored alphabetically. They’re easier and faster to find. And since all your jars look the same now, having them in alphabetical order will make finding the celery salt a snap. (See what I did there? Vegetable joke.)
Want To Organize Your Spices Like A Pro?
Check out this blog post to see how I recommend to turn your hurricane-swept spice cabinet into a magazine photo-worthy organized cooking hub.
And when you finish your project, I want to see it! Post your Cricut label projects on Instagram with #lelaimorganizedish and tag me @lelaburris so I can give you a well-deserved shout-out and inspire more busy mamas to break out her Cricut machine again.