Like most people, my spice cupboard was a jumble of different sized jars, bottles and packets. Being on my recent quest for order and function, (with a dash of style), I decided to make an assault on the offending cupboard. I found some great printable labels online via Lia Griffith’s great website which are like chalkboard pre-printed labels. You can download them here. The labels come ready filled, but I had a couple of rogue items like Juniper Berries that were not available, so I used Powerpoint to add a new text box over an existing grabbed image of one of the labels.
Given that I have at least 25 different spices and herbs, I needed to find stacking and stylish containers to maximise storage. I love the little Kilner baby jars with wire clipped lids, but they are actually very small and waste a lot of space in cupboards with all the metal sticking out at angles. So I went the trusty old Ikea route and used their jars called Ratjan, which are bargain at 4 for £1.50, and can fit in any style kitchen from retro to country cottage style.
I simply cut out the labels, used Modge Podge on both the back of the label and the front to seal it, and bingo, the most stylish spice jars ever. I may even now plan a space where they are more visible rather than being hidden away in the cupboard as they are so pretty. My precious Saffron is in a bottle from Marrakesh, complete with tassel to remind me of my travels.
Added August 2015: I also recently found these free printable labels, which are editable as well and by Emily McDowell.