spice up your pantry with custom jars & labels

My new kitchen at Josh’s has a pull-out spice rack… very convenient for storage, but few spice brands (if any) print on the top cap, making locating a particular spice a challenge.  After a few sessions of pulling out all the jars to find the paprika, I decided it was time to fix up the spice drawer.  Not that I’m complaining – if there’s ever an opportunity to apply branding, design, organization and a dash of obsessive-compulsiveness to a section of the house, I’m all over it!

And thus the pantry branding project began…

DIY Custom Pantry Labels

What you’ll need:

  1. For spices:  Glass jars in consistent sizes.  I’m a huge fan of Penzeys spices – they’re high quality and usually much less expensive than what you’ll find in the grocery store.  They sell empty jars in a variety of sizes, so you can transfer your current spices over.
  2. For oils & vinegars:  Glass bottle dispensers such as these, which have an open & close pouring spout to preserve freshness.
  3. Full-sheet sticker paper:  I’ve experimented with a few different types of paper and found the white photo gloss from this site to be best for a professional-looking result.
  4. Craft puncher:  For Penzeys spices, a 1.75″ circle punch works perfectly.  For the oils, I used a scalloped rectangle punch.

To create your custom labels, simply design, print, punch and apply!   I wanted something simple and easy to read, so I used U.S. 101 font and a turquoise color band to complement my Caribbean Blue Le Creuset pots.

This also makes for a beautiful personalized hostess or housewarming gift.  Package it in a pretty crate with some ribbon and you’re set!



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