Inspired by Annabel’s post on her spice cabinet earlier this week (and by a jar of thyme falling out of the cabinet and landing on my poor little toe), I decided to get our spices in order.
About a year ago, Kevin and I found these little gift tins on clearance in the wedding aisle at Michael’s. I think we paid something like $5 for them. They’re a little on the small side, but since we prefer to buy our spices from the bulk section of our fancy pants grocery store in small doses anyway, we decided that they’d do the trick. The Velcro was hanging out in my craft box, so we didn’t have to spend any money there.
The process is pretty seamless: snip Velcro, peel backing, apply to tin. Viola!
We put a long strip of Velcro on the cabinet door so that we can stick the tins wherever on the door we want.
Everything looked pretty stable; we had done the “slam test,” slamming the cabinet door shut to see if the lids budged. They didn’t, so we thought we were in the clear. But as we were rearranging (alphabetically- for my OCD self), we discovered that if you don’t firmly grasp the bottom of the tin and instead grab the lid, you will end up with allspice berries everywhere (and I mean everywhere). We have enough tins for several more rows, but are hesitant to go on until we figure out how to keep the lids from popping off every time we reach for a new tin.
We love the way the tins look and that they clear up the clutter in our spice cabinet. We’d really like to keep using them, but can’t think of a way to keep them closed that’s not prohibitively a pain in the rear (like taping them closed).
Any ideas on how to keep the tins closed more effectively? The only come open if you’re not careful how you grab them off the Velcro.