DIY spice shaker

These spice shakers are so easy. Josiah wasn't that into it when I asked him to do this project for me.... but by the end of it he was so pumped! He said it was lots of fun and they look so cool.

These "shaker" "pourer" things can be used for just about anything! Salt, sugar, herbs, spices, baking supplies, etc.


You will need:

-huge container of salt that has the metal spout
-mason jar (we used these)
-something sharp
-something to put inside!

Yeah, that's it. You probably won't even need to buy anything for this tutorial.


First, tear off the top of the salt container. You'll then cut around the container where the white lid meets the brown cardboard stuff. A box cutter is good for this. (careful when cutting! There is probably still salt in your container. Try not to spill it everywhere! Josiah almost did. ha)


Now trace around your mason jar onto the white lid. You could've done this before step 1. Their order doesn't matter. Oh, yeah, I forgot to tell you that you'd need a pencil. Sue me.


Now cut around your tracing. Are we back in kindergarten? Trace and cutting. The cardboard stuff is pretty thick around the edges so it can be sort of tricky.


Then get your mason jar ring and put the paper under it. The paper should stay if you traced right because the metal ring has a bit of a lip. The lip will overlap the paper and make it stay put when you screw on the ring.

And voila! You are done. Now unscrew it if you want to add things to it - which I assume you do.


Ok. If you want bonus points, do this next part. We cut out a piece of paper from an atlas to the shape of the lid, including the spout. That took some finagling and isn't worth explaining. You could put any cool piece of paper in there - and you could write what's in the container on the lid! SALT. Oooh, just thought of chalkboard paper/paint... that would be so cool. Just use chalk and wipe it off when you change what's inside!


So, with spices, here are some examples:


Salt! (or sugar!)


Chili Powder


And oregano. As I was taking this picture I realized it totally looks like I'm storing weed in a mason jar with a spout. Hilarious. But really, it's just oregano.

And now you have a lovely handmade spice shaker thing. Go do it!