Hey friends!

Ash and I are getting ready to teach a building class at the Haven Conference in a couple weeks and we are so pumped!  Our goal at this class is just the same as our goal here on the blog… Take the intimidation factor out of building!  For this class, we have decided to build our Shanty Spice Rack!  We have teamed up with our building bestie, Miss Ana White to show others how to follow a set of Ana White plans as well!

Here is our Shanty Spice Rack…

I will share some tips and tricks here and you can check out the full set of plans on Ana’s site!

You like it?  I do!  This baby is super easy to make!  This was made for the inside of a pantry door, but it can easily be used on a wall as well!  I decided to make mine for the top half of the door to keep my babies from playing with the spices!  Plus, it left me room on the bottom half of the door for my foil and baggie holder!

I used my Kreg Jig® to build mine, but you can also use finish nails and wood glue if you aren’t a Kreg Jig® owner!

I will share a few of my tips with you here, and be sure to check out the full set of free plans over at Ana’s site!

After making my cuts I drilled my holes for my dowels.  I used a drill bit just 1 size larger than my 3/8″ dowels.  I knew my holes would be exactly the same on both side boards, so I clamped them together and did them at the same time.  This saved a little time.  If you don’t have a clamp you can just do 1 board at a time!


Here are the measurements of where to drill your holes!  All of my holes are made 3/4″ from the side of the boards.

Next, I used my Kreg Jig® to add pocket holes to my top and bottom pieces, and to all of my shelf pieces.  Again, if you don’t have a Kreg Jig®, you can use Gorilla Wood Glue and finish nails to attach the boards.

I used 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Here are what my top, bottom and shelf pieces look like.

I built a box like this…

I used Gorilla Wood Glue for all of my joints.

Now to add my shelves!

Here is the placement of the shelves.  The measurements are from the top of the box, to where the bottom of each shelf will be.

I also added a board on the top back side.  This will be used to hang my spice rack on the door.  Again… use the Kreg Jig® or nails and wood glue from the sides.

Now for the dowels!

Just add some Gorilla Wood Glue to the inside of your holes…

And stick your dowels in like this!

Then, use your dowel buttons to cover the holes on the sides.  All you do is add a bit of wood glue and push them in!

I decided to add some cup hooks to the side of mine to hang my measuring spoons… Spices and spoons go hand in hand, so it helps having them in 1 spot!

I added some Gorilla Wood Glue to the back of the whole thing, and attached my 1/4″ plywood to the back with finish nails!

That’s it!

My very final step before hanging was to give the whole thing a coat of my fav!

Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White – It’s very close to my door and trim color, so it was an easy choice! You can find this at HD!

Spray Paint

Now to hang it…

Like many of you, I have hollow core doors in my home.

I used these Hollow Core Door Anchors to attach mine.  This is so easy!

I started by drilling some small holes into my spice rack where I would be placing my screws.

Next, I used a pencil and my hubby to mark those holes on my door.  He held it in place and I used a mechanical pencil with the lead out really far to mark where the holes would be.  Pretty shanty, but it works!

Next, use a drill to attach the anchors into the door.  These are self drilling, and all you have to do is make them flush with the door.

Next, use the screws to go through your spice rack, and into the anchors.  Easy!

I also added 1 wood screw through the bottom of the rack to keep the bottom attached to the door.  No anchor on that one… Just a little screw.

That’s it!  Seems like a lot, but it’s because I tried to be super detailed to make it easy.  This took me 1 nap time to build and a few minutes to hang!  And… I LOVE IT!

Here are a few more pictures…

pantry organization

Hope you LOVE it!

Remember to get the full set of FREE plans over with Ana White!

I would love for you to PIN this and SHARE it with your peeps below!

And… For those of you attending Haven, we will see you very soon!


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  1. in the initial pinterest picture you can see a row of cans vertically (looks like sitting on top of a 2×4). Where did you get these?

  2. Thanks, do you have any plans or ideas for a door for this as I want to hang it on the wall, but it will be in some sunlight, and I don’t want my spices to spoil, so would prefer putting a door on it. Thanks

  3. I just built the back of pantry door spice rack for my wife today. Plans helped…it went together well. Just have to mount it to the door…then wife will be totally happy.
    Much appreciated the tutorial.

  4. ⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐?
    ❤❤ I built my own using the plans at www. WoodworkPlans.info – 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. WoodworkPlans.info if you want to learn more – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!


  5. Great plans! I used yours and modified it some to make mine a full door spice rack.

    Thanks once again!

  6. Super EXCITED!! Just found this and can’t thank you enough for sharing this post. Hubby is building this today! 🙂

  7. Thanks to your awesome tutorial I built these! Now I want to do the bottom ones in your last pic! thank you, thank you!!

  8. So now I have to make curtains AND this spice rack! I’m gonna be a busy City Girl this weekend!

  9. Well… for the first time, I think I just might be able to create something like this! You’ve made it look very doable 🙂 Thank you for this awesome DIY post!!!

  10. Well girls, I have become a Shanty 2 Chic junkie! Like the flyers in the mailbox, I wait to see what you will post every Monday. These are a wonderful addition, and kudos too you for that nice clean pantry!

  11. Perfect timing! I think one of the pantry units in our new kitchen will come without shelves, so we can use/make shelves that leave a few inches in the front and put one of these on the door. thank you!