Being Indian, and having parents who cook amazing Indian food daily, means there are a million different spices they cook with. This also means that we have a ton of boxed spices, jars, and packages, of inconsistent sizes cluttering up our kitchen cabinets. And if there is one thing I am particular about, it's organization. Inconsistency is a no-no for me! Which is why I felt it was time to get these spices in order.
They best way to keep kitchen cabinets clean looking is to get a whole lot of mason jars that are the same size and shape, and label them clearly with what the spice is. I labeled mine with chalkboard paint. Here's how you acheive this super cute and creative look.
What you'll need:
- Mason Jars
- Stencils/ or Old Magazines
- Chalkboard Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Chalk/ or White Marker
Boxes of mason jars can be found at any home store. I bought mine at Walmart. A box of 12 for $7.99 seemed like the best price.
You can either buy stencils or make your own. I wanted a particular oval shape on mine. I'm sure if I looked hard enough I could've found stencils, but I went with making my own. I used the back of an old magazine to make these. Take your time and make a few of these so that if they get worn out during the process, you have extra on hand.
Place the stencil over the area you want painted. Hold it down tight so that you don't leave any spaces for the paint to drip into. Chalkboard paint is pretty thick so it shouldn't drip. Paint one thick coat over the stencil and leave to dry. It takes about 10-15 mins to fully dry. You may need a second coat on some jars.
Don't worry about perfect lines. The paint comes off easily with a little water, so any mistakes can be easily fixed up. As you can see, they are already looking adorable!
Lastly, labelling! If you know your jars will change over time, you may want to use chalk to label them. However, for permanent labelling, I recommend white marker. These can be purchased at any art store. (Curry's, Michael's, etc.) And even if you do need to change your labelling over time, you can paint right over the white marker as well.
The jars you see above are only 8 of 29! Yes, we Indian people have a lot of spices! I wasn't kidding!
Special thanks to Victoria for helping craft these jars with me!