Fresh Herb Drying Rack…from a Picture Frame

Fresh Herb Drying Rack…from a Picture Frame

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…

Vintage picture frame from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY herb drying rack for fresh summer garden herbs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Apparently Grandma did some house cleanin’…

And then gather your other supplies. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience:

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.

Vintage picture frame from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY herb drying rack for fresh summer garden herbs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Garden green for my garden herbs!

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.

Vintage picture frame from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY herb drying rack for fresh summer garden herbs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Annie, get your gun!

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!

Vintage picture frame from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY herb drying rack for fresh summer garden herbs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hanging prep work…

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!

Vintage picture frame from the thrift store repurposed and upcycled into a DIY herb drying rack for fresh summer garden herbs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Isn’t that perfect??

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!

Vintage picture frame from the thrift store repurposed and upcycled into a DIY herb drying rack for fresh summer garden herbs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So awesome!

Isn’t that easy to do and perfect for your summer gardening plans? I just LOVE a good picture frame upcrafting project!

Craft on!

S

P.S. – I put this tutorial to pretty music in a fun little video- please give it a watch!


PIN ME!Vintage picture frame from the thrift store repurposed and upcycled into a DIY herb drying rack for fresh summer garden herbs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Sadie, this is genius. I have just begun “herbing” seriously. I have to make one.

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by The WeekendSocial Link Party over at KitchenDreaming. Hope to see you next time!

  3. What a great repurpose! I too have a “stash” of thrift store frames and now I know what to do with at least one of them! Thanks for the idea!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Mary! Yes, I love mine and it is so easy to do!! Let me know how yours turns out!!

  4. Great idea and so pretty too. I love re-purposing thrift store finds.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much! YES, same here- love upcrafting thrift store treasures. Definitely a Sadie Seasongoods staple. 🙂

  5. This is awesome last summer I ad bunches of basil hung all over the laundry room and kitchen . I’m sure I have an old picture frame floating around.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      And if you don’t have an old frame, you should be able to score one cheaply ($1-$2) at a thrift store!!! Let me know how it turns out for you!!

  6. That is too darn cute! Hope you don’t mind if I copy that!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Not at all- copy away! It’s a great remix of an old picture frame…and perfect for our summer gardening bounties!!

  7. Just wanted to stop my and let you know that I loved your drying rack (and will most likely be making one of my own in the near future) and am featuring it on The Weekend Social #21. Please feel free to stop by and grab a button http://thequestionablehomesteader.com/weekend-social-21/
    Can’t wait to see what you share this week.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Ricki!!! I tried to use the code for the “I was featured” button on my page, but it didn’t work. Maybe it’s me?

  8. This is just so awesome! What a great idea! Pinned! Found at Showlicious linky. Have a great weekend.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Rachel!! It’s super-easy to do and ridiculously functional…good luck and let me know how yours turns out!

  9. Poor little kiddies! But good for you for rescuing the frame! Thanks so much for sharing at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Pinning to our Party Board!

    ~ Ashley

  10. We just planted a bunch of basil–my favorite herb–and this would be awesome to have when the basil is ready! I kinda feel sorry for the grand kids, though. 😉 Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! 🙂

  11. I love this, especially nice for smaller herbs! Very creative. Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    Robin

  12. Great idea! I have a couple frames hanging out waiting for a craft project 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

  13. Great way to use an old frame and make something functional/useful out of it. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  14. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  15. salttree says:

    What a great way to repurpose! Sharing this!

  16. Super cool idea! I love drying our own herbs. 🙂

  17. Jann Olson says:

    Another fun idea! I love drying herbs. I just bundle them and hang them, but this is another fun way. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  18. I absolutely love this idea! Thank you so much for linking up to Friday Favorites. We hope you will join us again this week. Michelle OurCraftyMom

  19. Brilliant idea! My cat would not be able to get to them here, which would be good LOL Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday 🙂 Feel free to bring a friend or two!

  20. This is a great project. Perfect for this time of year. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing at the party.

  21. You always have the best ideas! This looks like a piece of artwork and it’s functional! Bravo! Thanks so much for linking up!

  22. Kathy Couturier says:

    luv this idea!! If you don’t paint the frames what would you suggest sealing them with??

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