It must seem as if I have an impossibly endless supply of thrift store frames…and seeming is believing because, yes, yes I do! There are just so many possibilities with a thrifted frame…and you just can’t beat the price point.
This time around? A drying rack for your fresh summer herbs. Crazy-easy and wonderfully functional!
So find yourself an inexpensive picture frame- I bought one from a local thrift store that is 8”x 10” in size. I do feel bad, though, that Grandma tossed these pictures of the kids…
And then gather your other supplies. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience:
- Window screen
- Staple gun
- Hardware (eye screws, S-hooks, chain)
- Spray paint (optional- but good if you’re leaving this outside)
- Drill (for pilot holes)
After removing the cardboard backing, photos, and glass from the frame, I had to paint it- of course! But using an indoor/outdoor spray paint and a coat of sealer is important since I live in the humid south and this project will be living on our back porch.
Then, I laid some inexpensive window screen (I had extra from this project) across the back and cut a rectangle a good ¾” (or so) longer/wider than the frame. I folded over the edges, pulled it taut, and staple-gunned the screen to the back of the frame.
Now, it was ready for the hardware. I screwed in the eyes at each corner of my picture frame drying rack, angling in. And yes, I wished I had had smaller, more delicate eyes for this frame…but ya’ll know I try and use supplies I already have on hand!
Each eye was fitted with an S-hook and two shorter lengths of chain, overlapping crosswise from corner to corner, like a large “X”. I then used a larger S-hook to gather the “X” chains in the middle, hooking a longer length on that same S-hook for hanging from the porch ceiling beams! Ta-da…a hanging herb drying rack!
After squealing a bit in glee, I gathered some fresh herbs (rosemary from our out-of-control wannabe hedge, and fresh bay leaves from the store). Now I’ll just let them hang out for a while!
Isn’t that easy to do and perfect for your summer gardening plans? I just LOVE a good picture frame upcrafting project!
P.S. – I put this tutorial to pretty music in a fun little video- please give it a watch!