DIY : Test Tube Spice Rack

We really, desperately, needed a spice rack. All of our kitchen cupboards were full and we were out of counter space. This is basically the case for our entire apartment since we moved, so we had to get creative. After searching for months and only finding giant contraptions that take up too much counter space or tacky wire frame wall mounts, we decided to just make a spice rack ourselves. Not only do we love working with wood, but we’re pretty fond of hanging anything we possibly can on a wall. The test tube spice rack was the perfect anti-clutter, space-saving solution. Mike’s been reading his woodworking book religiously (it sits on his bedside table), so he used this spice rack as an excuse to finally make his first dovetail joint…looks pretty good for a wannabe carpenter. Photos of the process:

Tools / Materials required:

  • test tubes, at least 25 mm wide
  • glass jars (ours are from Market Spice)
  • corks to match test tube and jar sizes
  • wood (we used Fir from Limback Lumber)
  • o-rings
  • wood stain (we used Minwax Special Walnut)
  • tung oil
  • screws
  • saw (we used a cheap manual miter saw)
  • drill press with a bit slightly larger than the test tube’s diameter.
  • hand sander + sandpaper
  • assorted spices (duh)
  • chalkboard as a key for unmarked spices (ours is from Anthropologie)
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April 25, 2012 - 5:28 pm

wang - dude these look BOMB

April 25, 2012 - 5:44 pm

nicholas the great - Oh my lawwwd. It looks so good! You two are magical.

April 25, 2012 - 6:02 pm

dorothy - why are you guys so COOL. this looks so so sweet

April 25, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Natalie Wylie - Gimme that. NOW.

April 25, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Sara - You two aren’t wannabe anything. You just do shit. It’s awesome.

April 26, 2012 - 1:03 am

Pickle - You two are “The Bomb” and your Mother agrees with me..Awesome photos! you two are very talented!!! Love the spice rack….Pickle

April 26, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Makayla Renaud - This is way too cool!!!

October 3, 2012 - 7:21 am

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April 9, 2013 - 11:33 am

Renee - what measurements did you use for wood?

September 15, 2013 - 1:46 am


October 9, 2013 - 5:29 pm - Very nice and very good post. Please make a lot

August 18, 2014 - 9:41 am

Sheilagh Lynn-Howe - Excellent idea :) I would like to know where you obtained the test tubes for this project please.

August 19, 2014 - 8:53 pm

jennylinquist - you can buy them on Amazon. :)

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