Kitchen Organization – Stackable Canned Food Organizers

 Happy Wednesday!

I hope you are all having a great week!  Today I am here to share the 7-can stackable canned food organizers.  I will also be sharing my tips and tricks in the pantry and letting you know where I found all of my storage goodies!  For those of you that waited 6 months for this post… Bless 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.

Several months ago I tackled my pantry.  It is one of the best “kitchen” decisions I have ever made!   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…

Canned Food Organizers Pin

You can stack them on top of each other, or use the top piece as a shelf like I did here!

And here they are in a bigger shot…

Organized Pantry

Organizing my pantry hasn’t solved this though…

Organize your pantry 1

(No, he couldn’t wait for me to finish the photos) 🙂 Does this look familiar to anyone else??

Now… Let’s organize our cans!


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 an 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…

DIY Canned Food Organizers

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.

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!


Here are the cuts for my shelf pieces…

Canned Food Wood Organizers

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.

 Finally you will add your top piece!  It will be from the 1/4″ plywood and will measure 5.25″ x 11.5″.  Just use some glue and small finish nails to attach it to the top.
That’s it!
wood can organizer diy
I spray painted mine with my very fav… Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White.

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.  Make sure to check out my 12 Can Organizers as well!

Now for a few more shots!

Canned Food Organizers


I get asked all the time where I found all of my storage goodies!  Here is a list!

Pantry Organization Shanty2Chic_edited-1

I LOVE the Snap Ware!  It has been so great for my kids and keeps me from having open bags EVERYWHERE!

Here is a great little tip…

organize your pantry


You can also see how I easily made my chalkboard labels HERE.  They are wet erase… I LOVE them.

Pantry Organization


And for those of you that missed my door organizers…

The DIY Spice Rack can be found HERE!


The DIY Foil and Baggie Holder can be found HERE!

That’s it people!  At least for now 😉

Organized Pantry


I hope it inspires you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this post and pin it below!

You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!





  1. Judy Pfister on October 10, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Is there anything on your website that shows how to make the pantry shelves, especially the angled corners without supports in the way? How do the corners hold the weight of the items without sagging forward?

  2. Emily on August 21, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Did you ever do a post highlighting where you got all of your different pantry containers? I see where you have said you would be doing a post, but not finding one.

  3. Jessica G Buchanan on September 10, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    What size snapware did you use and where did you buy

  4. J Amber St. Clair on April 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Could I possibly ask you to make them and I will pay you for them? Covering the cost of the supplies+ labor? What do you think?

  5. wizzzzzzzz on January 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    this is such a great idea, but cant do the wood cutting stuff so just purchased the wire racks to rotate the soups/veggies from container store and amazon. thank you for all the ideas

  6. DJRussia on January 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I live in Russia just above Japan and we are moving back to a new house soon. I am so glad I saw this organization idea! I can get the “Container Store” baskets at the 100 yen store in Japan so I’ll be loading up on those now that I can see another use for them. I hope my husband is into helping me organize the pantry like this. Thanks for sharing! Another reason to look forward to returning to the states. 🙂

    • wizzzzzzzz on January 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      amazon and container stores sell the can organizers, so you dont have to build your own .

  7. Christy on June 2, 2015 at 9:29 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE what you’ve done! Thanks so much for being willing to share your great idea! Also thanks so much for all the details…including “where to” buy things from!!!

  8. Sandra Marcelino on May 8, 2015 at 8:03 am

    This is an awesome post! Thank you for the detailed information.

  9. Cassandra Ward Oglesbee on April 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I love your pantry, it is so well organized. I am definiately going to be making some of those can organizers. Thanks for the details!

  10. Asti Spumante on March 6, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Love all the ideas! My biggest struggle is with “last in first out”. Any ideas on how to handle that with the snapware containers?

  11. Joe Stanfill on February 25, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I know I’m a guy reading this, but I get inspiration where I can. My only comment, is that the shelves say they are cut from 1X12 pine, but the later pictures show them cut from plywood. Plywood would be a better choice in my opinion, because it will not warp, like pine try to do when exposed to humidity. I love the plans and plan on modifying them to be a two can system to fit into and existing area in my pantry. I hope my wife loves them.

  12. Mindy Coy on December 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I like Tupperware Modular mates they come in different sizes so you don’t need that board in the back….I do love the chalkboard labels that is a great idea….i had some whiteboard stickers on some too they are removable and reuseable

  13. Keri Stephens on November 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

    My pantry reorganization is done! Thanks for the inspiration & the specs to build the can shelves. I LOVE IT! Hopefully it stays this way 🙂

  14. Keri Stephens on November 25, 2014 at 8:47 am

    My pantry reorganization is done! Thanks for the inspiration & specs to build the can shelves! I LOVE IT!

  15. Diana on August 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! Ignore the fact that I had to quickly toss the cans on top and still have to organize everything–but look at the beautiful rotation shelves! I knew I wanted four of them side by side, so we modified the pattern a bit and just hooked them all together, this saving some of the “side wood” so I can make more! We have made two sets of four already and there are plans to make more next weekend. I sure appreciate the inspiration and pattern! ~Diana~

    • Deidra Longbrake on January 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      What did the finished dimensions end up being for this? Particularly the depth? I’m just wondering if I can fit it in my existing space. THANKS!

  16. Ginni on August 4, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Absolutely love your pantry organizing, and the can dispensers are fabulous. I need to make those!! Thank you!!

  17. Tiffany Jenkins on April 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Question…. on your supplies list, how many will it make? That way I can determine if I need to double or not. Thank you.

  18. Jace on February 12, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Your black eyed peas look an awfully lot like tomatoes! 😀 Any update on how they are holding up? What do you do if you have more that 12 different cans?

    • on July 29, 2018 at 11:19 am

      ?I built my own using the plans at www. – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

      Head on over to www. if you want to learn more – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!



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  19. Shanty2Chic on February 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Brian these are GREAT!! Thank you so much for sharing the plan!

  20. Brian on February 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I am making these can dispensers. this is genious. I created a 3d Model of them with some measurements in Sketchup if anyone would like to use it. you can find it here.

  21. Sara Navarro on January 5, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I can’t read the labels on all the containers from the pic. What do you keep in there? Just curious! I’ve never stored items out of their packaging before but as a mom of a toddler I’m doing much more cooking and baking and am looking for more ways tp organize! Thanks in advance <3

  22. Catherine M. D. Ledezma on November 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I just found this blog and I am so glad I did! I love the can organizers, and we have decided to get the things we need to be able to make them this winter. Thank you!

  23. Gwen Singer Stepanick on July 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Your pantry is amazing! Would you mind sharing the dimensions of it? I have a very, very deep pantry and I’m constantly losing things. I’m wondering if I should take out the shelves and cut them in half – then organize using baskets etc. as you have. Very curious to know how big your pantry is (how deep is it and how wide?) just to get an idea!

    • Gina on March 28, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      You could cut the shelf in half and add that amount to your door. That way you dont loose any space for storage, but you also dont loose anything.

  24. Stasia Neal-Renfrow on June 23, 2013 at 1:33 am

    You mentioned your 12 can organizer, but it doesn’t have a link – would you mind sharing the link to the 12 can organizer.

    • Stasia Neal-Renfrow on June 23, 2013 at 1:35 am

      Sorry, I found it in another comment. Have a great night.

  25. M.N. on May 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    can you just use those thins that hold soda cans in the fridge instead of building your own?

  26. Valerie on May 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Noobie question…how did you cut the wood? What kind of saw? Thanks!

  27. Ellen Delap on May 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Impressive! I love how you customized and gathered items from all sorts of stores to make this work. Awesome job!

  28. Neil on April 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I just built my first one of these, and I could not fit a can through the top once the front 4″x2.75″ piece was put on. My side panels are oriented correctly, and all my ramp placements and measurements check out. Was that 4″x2.75″ piece put level with the bottom of the middle ramp, or was it placed just to fit a can? Let me know when you get a chance. Thanks, and everything else came out perfectly!

    • Ally on December 11, 2022 at 6:03 am

      Looking at the photos, she used the same 2″ board in the middle that she used on the bottom. Made like the directions state there would be 2″ of clearance between the middle shelf end and the top. Certainly not enough for much more than tomato paste cans! If you’ve seen the 12 can holder directions, it’s mostly a copy of that which is great with no top, but not accurate for the 7 can stackable version. It also really looks like plywood for the angled shelves and not dimensional lumber… I plan to make these, but will be sure to be certain dimensions make sense before buying anything and certainly before cutting! I love the idea and the free plans, too– sometimes things just need to be proof- read by more than one person!!

  29. Mark Gawel on April 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Do you have the measurments for the 12 can?

  30. Connie Borgerson on April 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Hi, I want to make the canned goods rotation dispensers that you made. My question is this: Should I just pick the largest can size I keep in my pantry and make them all the same, or should I make different sized ones to fit the various can sizes? I checked my can sizes yesterday and found that I have like 7 different sizes!

    • Cynthia on August 16, 2019 at 7:15 am

      From her photos, it’s seems she made the can despencer for her most purchased items, she has another shelf of cans probably for the odd size and cans she doesn’t use or buy often.

  31. Chris and Katie on April 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Can I just say that my favorite part of your pantry is the DIY spice rack – I guess I never had to take shop class in high school, because I NEVER got to make one…until now. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Amanda Mae on March 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

    This is amazing, but I must say, I would be 500lbs living in your house will all the snacks. My husband would be so jealous. Lol

    • Amanda Mae on March 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

      And I voted!

  33. Barb on March 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I tried to vote for you in Reynolds contest; however, when I clicked on vote it asked me for my Facebook password. I don’t have a Facebook. So unfair 🙁 I have a Twitter, but did not ask me for that. Discriminatory!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 28, 2013 at 4:21 am

      Thank you Barb! I know… This contest is being held through facebook votes, but we do appreciate the thought 😉 You are sweet!!

  34. Yvonne Stine Garrett on March 27, 2013 at 10:30 am


  35. Sandra Rosa Hymowitz on March 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Thank you Whitney! You totally inspired me, this was my Jan/Feb project and I could not be happier with the results. Everything is soooo easy to find and I always know what I am running out of. xo!! Sandra

    • Shanty2Chic on March 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Oh yeah! That makes me so happy to hear! 🙂

    • Sandra Rosa Hymowitz on March 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Going to vote now!

      • Shanty2Chic on March 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        And this is AMAZING

        • Sandra Rosa Hymowitz on March 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

          Thanks so much! :)) I ordered all your amazon goodies! Loved all the products ESP the chalkboard contact paper! Brilliant and a total breeze to switch out snacks. U have made my life soooo much better.

          • Heather M. on March 17, 2016 at 2:49 pm

            What size are the canisters, I am finding a few sizes. thanks

      • Vicky Pappenfuss Arnott on April 25, 2013 at 2:42 am

        Sandra, your rock! I too will take the next two months to redo my pantry. Go Shanty2Chic! Great to see women encouraging each other.

  36. Misty Hunt Doughty on March 27, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Voted! I really hope you girls when the contest! Y’all have really inspired me as well, so thank you! I still need some more beginner projects. I have made some of yours and im going to order Ana Whites book too 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on March 27, 2013 at 8:37 am

      That’s awesome Misty!! Thanks for voting! You will love that book! And we are going to start doing some videos to help you girls get started with these tools 😉

  37. Bethany on March 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Your way organized, labeled closet makes me feel so shameful! LOL It looks beautiful though, and I’m sure everything is really easy to find. 🙂

    PS Where did you get those clear plastic containers (and those bins)? 😀 I have a few clear ones with pop-up lids from BBB but they were pretty expensive.

    • Shanty2Chic on March 27, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Haha don’t feel shameful! You should have seen the before! I promise it would make you feel better 😉

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