After receiving a beautiful, handmade spice rack as a gift, we started wondering why we've never made one on our own. There are so many online tutorials explaining how to construct clever racks, including this one sent to us from a dedicated AT reader. Many types of canisters will work but because cooking is so scientific, we love the look of test tubes in the kitchen.
This specific project was created by blogger Melinda Swenson who likes to pick a theme, such as "chili ingredients" and fills her test tubes with the appropriate spices. Personally, I would like mine filled with an array of gourmet salts. These days, you can usually buy test tubes from the local pharmacy but we've found an amazing one-stop science shop where you can order a variety of tubes along with some beakers and flasks if you feel another DIY project coming on. (photos by Melinda Swenson)