We’re all guilty of buying large bottles of a single spice for a recipe, using it just a few times before we leave it to gather dust in the back of our cabinets.

When we decide to go on a cleaning spree, these spices—which we likely spent a pretty penny on—often get tossed into the trash. Not only is this wasteful from both an environmental and money-savvy standpoint, but it’s a missed opportunity to mix your own DIY spice blends.

Making your own DIY spice blends is easy as can be, too! Here’s a rundown on what you’ll need to make and store your own, followed by five do-it-yourself recipes you, likely, can make today.

Gather your supplies and spices. Below is a list of a few crucial items you’ll need:

● A tablespoon/teaspoon measuring set
● Zip-tight bags
● Spice jars
● (Optional) small funnel – rolled paper works well for this.

How to Start DIY-ing Your Spices
First, gather your spices and layout out your supplies. Then, referencing the recipes we’ll describe later, start measuring suggested amounts of each spice for the blend, pouring them into one of your plastic bags. After that, shake things up—literally. Make sure everything is homogenous, i.e., combined well, and then empty said created spice blend, using a funnel or not, into either one of your now empty spice bottles or a spice jar you bought. And finally, label your new spice blend, so you’re not second-guessing yourself about what it is later down the road.

DIY Spice Recipes
Now that you have the tools and instructions on how to DIY your spice blends, below are five popular recipes to reference. Remember, the world is your oyster here, if you don’t have a particular spice, try subbing out something that seems close to it! Maybe you’ll come up with something special your friends can’t stop talking about.

● 1 tbsp of chili powder
● 1 tsp of garlic powder
● 1 tsp of onion powder
● 1 tsp of lime salt
● 1 tsp oregano
● 1 tsp red pepper flakes
● ½ tsp paprika
● ½ tsp of cayenne pepper


● 2 tbsp thyme
● 2 tbsp rosemary
● 2 tbsp sage
● 1 tsp marjoram
● 1 tsp of salt
● 1 tsp of ground black pepper
● 1 tsp of cumin
● ½ tsp celery seed
● ½ tsp nutmeg
● ¼ tsp of cinnamon

● 2 tsp of oregano
● 2 tsp of dried basil
● 1 tsp of dried parsley
● 1 tsp of thyme
● 1 tsp of sea salt
● 1 tsp of ground pepper
● ½ tsp of red pepper flakes
● ½ tsp of garlic powder

● 2 tbsp garlic powder
● 2 tbsp chili powder
● 1 tbsp smoked paprika
● ½ tbsp onion powder
● ½ tbsp of oregano
● ½ tbsp of cumin
● ½ tbsp smoked paprika
● 1 tsp of chipotle powder
● 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
● 1 tsp of lime salt
● ½ tsp of black pepper
● ½ tsp of paprika

● 2 tbsp turmeric
● 4 tsp coriander
● 3 tsp of paprika
● 1 tsp cumin
● 1 tsp of chili powder
● 1 tsp ground mustard
● ½ tsp cardamom
● ½ tsp of cayenne pepper
● ¼ tsp ground cloves
● ¼ tsp nutmeg
● ¼ tsp of cinnamon

So, what are you waiting for? Start (literally) spicing-up your life with these DIY spice recipes.