Pantry Ideas – DIY Canned Food Storage

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I hope you all had a great weekend!  I am back today to share our next ‘Shanty Storage Solution’ with you!  As I mentioned in my DIY Spice Rack post, Ash and I are on a mission to use our love of wood and DIY to create solutions for our kitchens and our homes that help things run more smoothly and efficiently.

My next project was to tackle my canned food collection!  With a family of 7, we always keep a large variety of canned foods.  What did I come up with??  These are individual canned food organizers thats store your cans, and rotate the cans to allow you to use the older dates first.  Rather than making 1 single rack, I opted to make them individual so you can make as few or as many as you need for your canned food stash!  Here is how they turned out…

Awwww… SO much better than how they used to be!  The need for this system came along with the addition of my sweet baby.  His very favorite thing to do is knock over my can stacks and roll them around the house…

I do think it’s cute, but I was going batty stacking my cans on an hourly basis!  I won’t say these are ‘baby-proof’, but I will say they have helped!

I made these canned food organizers in 2 sizes.  The larger size holds up to 12 cans, and I am sharing it today.

Here we go!


For each organizer I used 1/4″ hardwood plywood.  I bought mine in a 4’x8′ sheet and had the guys at Home Depot cut it down into 11.5″ strips.  You can also buy smaller panels like a 2’x2′ or 2’x4′ if you don’t need as many!

I also used a 1×12 for my shelf pieces.  These also come in different lengths.  I bought and 8′ board because I was making several, but you can buy a smaller one if you are not making as many.

I also use a 1/2″x2″ pine board for my bottom shelf front piece.  A 4′ piece will make 8 dividers.

When you break it down, these cost under $5 a piece to make.


For the sides you will need 2 pieces of 1/4″ plywood cut to this..

For the shelf piece I cut my 1×12 into 4.75″ pieces.  Each divider will use 2 pieces like this…

There will be a small scrap from the middle shelf piece that I will use later on a different step.

Next, I marked both of my side pieces for my shelves!  Marking them with a pencil makes lining your shelf pieces up really easy, and it keeps you from having to guess where to nail from the side.

Mark each side like this…

I found a really easy way to do this!  I used some scrap pieces cut to the dimensions above to serve as a template for each piece.  I would just lay them down, line up my middle shelf , and draw it out quick.  No need to measure each time!  This saves a ton of time!

Excuse my shanty handwriting on the blocks! 😉

Next I used Gorilla Wood Glue and finish nails to attach my shelves like this!

Easy!  And because I drew my shelves on the other side, it makes this part simple!  Just nail where the shelves are marked!

Next, I added some Gorilla Wood Glue to the shelf pieces, and attached my other side piece!

Now to finish off the front!

I used that scrap piece to cut my front piece.

This is for my middle shelf.  I just added a little glue and nailed it in place!

I used a 1/2″ x 2″ pine board for my bottom shelf piece.  Each one was 5.25″ long.

That’s it!  How simple is that?  No need to put a back on these… Once they are placed in the cabinet, the wall does the trick perfect!  I painted mine with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White.  I also couldn’t resist the urge to add some labels.  I will be sharing those soon!

My favorite part about these babies is how they rotate my cans!  You load the cans through the top, and it allows your older dates to rotate out from the bottom first!  LOVE.  I will also be sharing my 7-can dividers that are stackable soon!

For now, here are a few more shots!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share and pin these below!  I will be sharing my entire pantry makeover over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!  Also, be sure to check out my Pantry Door Spice Rack!

Thanks so much guys!!

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  1. impatientgirl on November 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I just stumbled across this on Pinterest. I have been LOOKING for a wood version of these and had given up and thought I’d just have to figure it out. THANK YOU!!

    • judy huff on February 27, 2020 at 8:53 am

      i just wish it had a printable page

  2. Annalea on November 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Wow. This is These are totally affordable, totally customizable, and I LOVE that you can stack extra cans on top of the top shelf. Thank you so much!!!! This baby is pinned and waiting. :o)

  3. Neice McHan on October 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    About how many cans can each organizer hold? And I can’t wait for the large can one.

  4. [email protected] on October 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Andrea. These c

  5. megan Vaughn on October 19, 2012 at 6:42 am

    These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tutorial. Megan

    • Shanty2Chic on October 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks so much Megan! Happy to do it! 🙂

  6. marjoycek on October 19, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Great idea and so much much better than the plastic ones you see in the stores.

  7. SafePantry on October 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Brilliant DYI, thanks for posting – Tweeted and Pinned for our readers to enjoy!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks so much!! I appreciate it!! 🙂

  8. Mindi Carwin on October 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

    These are awesome! Pinning!

  9. Charlotte on October 16, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I am so going to show this to my hubby! Thanks

  10. Jan Messali on October 16, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Fantastic idea!

  11. DeDe Bailey on October 16, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Very cleaver! I am amazed that you have that many of ranch styled beans! Lol. Love how organized they all are and so much easier to store.

    • Shanty2Chic on October 16, 2012 at 5:30 am

      Thanks Dede! Haha… We are from Texas, and my hubby eats them on everything! ;-))

  12. Rachael on October 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Wow. My hubby and I were just discussing how to store our food storage/cans and I couldn’t stomach the price to buy them. Maybe I could convince him to make some for me for Christmas??? They’ve GOT to be cheaper than buying. We need them in the basement too for bigger cans. If you have a stack-able version, please post a link or tutorial!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 16, 2012 at 5:30 am

      It’s coming Rachael! I haven’t quite finished up the plans for larger cans, but the stackable holders are coming! Thanks! 😉

      • Mar on September 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm

        Have you got the stackable holders yet?

  13. Giggling Gerty on October 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I’m LOVIN this series!!!! Both are on my list already… & i can’t wait to see what else you have in store!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks so much Juanita!! I am addicted… Want to organize everything now ;-))

      • Giggling Gerty on October 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        I have the bug too… i just don’t know how you you find the time for everything … i only have 4 kids, i dont blog or constantly diy & yet i run out of time!!! Maybe that can be a future post… How you managed it ALL (or “How you too can be supermums like us!”;-) )

  14. kristen on October 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    blows my mind. SO awesome!

  15. Angie Overton on October 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Love these. I guess I need to see if I could incorporate these into my space. Just pinned it.

    • Shanty2Chic on October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Yes you do Angie! Thanks for the pin and sweet comment!

  16. Holly Baker on October 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for this post! I saw it on Pinterest. I have always thought these could be made and not purchased. I am excited to get more organized and rotate my canned goods better. I love how much they hold, too!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you Holly! Glad to help!! I love them and I am sure you will love yours too!

  17. Jill C Adams on October 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

    What a Super Smarty Pants Idea!!! Thanks for sharing….. I am Pinning NOW!!! Making Later! ;’D

    • Shanty2Chic on October 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Haha thank you Jill! I appreciate it so much!!

  18. Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitch on October 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Love these ~ hope to convince DH to make some for me (I’m dangerous with a hammer). Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Yes you do! Just wink at him! Good luck and thanks!;-)

  19. Hannah Hathaway on October 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Wonderful idea! And adorable little guy you got there!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Aww thanks Hannah! I appreciate it!! 🙂

  20. Kristi @ Creative Kristi on October 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Looks Great! Thanks for the tutorial…now if only I had actual shelves in my pantry to put these on 😉

    • Shanty2Chic on October 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Oh bummer Kristi!! Maybe you could build both… 🙂

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