How to Make a DIY Spice Drawer Organizer

Store pantry staples smarter with this easy project idea.

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 day
  • Skill Level: Beginner

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Finish nailer
  • Sandpaper


  • Plywood boards
  • Wood glue
  • Paint or stain
  • Pin nails


  1. Make Cuts

    Cut your wood to the below dimensions.

    Piece Dimensions Quantity
    Riser boards 1 x 2 x 12-7/8-inch board 4
    Rack boards 1/4 x 4 x 12-7/8-inch boards 4
  2. Measure Drawer and Jars

    Decide which drawer you'd like to use to organize your spices. Measure the length, width, and depth of the drawer. Then measure the length of each spice jar to ensure the containers will fit inside the drawer.

  3. Cut Boards to Size

    Use a table saw to cut the plywood boards to size, matching the length of the pieces to the width of the drawer. Use wider, thinner plywood for the racks (we used ¼ x 4-inch boards) and thicker pieces for the risers (we used 1 x 2-inch boards). Make sure the risers are ½ inch less than the depth of your drawer.

  4. Attach Riser Boards

    Add wood glue to the bottom edge of a riser board and attach it to a rack board at a 90-degree angle. Repeat these steps to create enough spice racks to fill the drawer. Once finished assembling the boards, secure the two pieces together with pin nails.

  5. diy spice rack in drawer with spices
    Ryan Krull

    Paint and Place in Drawer

    For a more finished look, gently sand and paint each section of the spice drawer organizer. Once dry, place the risers in a drawer to create angled rows. Fill the organizer with spice jars, facing the labels outward so you can easily find and grab the container you need.

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