Is your garden overflowing with herbs this year and you don’t know what to do with them? Try making this DIY Hanging Herb Dryer. You’ll be able to enjoy herbs from your garden all year!
I hate to say it, but it seems like summer is coming to an end. Kids are heading back to school and the weather already seems to be cooling a bit in the mountains. That’s okay though – fall is my favorite season!
One thing that I do know about summer coming to an end is that many of us have a huge bounty of herbs, but not enough ways to use them up! I love making my own dried herbs, but sometimes the dehydrator can be more than I want to deal with.
It seems whenever I dry herbs in my dehydrator, they come out great, but I end up with lots of small amounts of waste when I’m trying to remove everything. Crumbs wind up everywhere.
So this year I wanted to try hanging some herbs out to dry. And I found the perfect hangers to make that happen. I’ll walk you through how to turn these hangers into DIY Hanging Herb Dryers below.
Make sure to let me know how your hanging herb dryer turned out and what you dried in it!
DIY Hanging Herb Dryer Tutorial
- Wooden hanger
- Craft paint in assorted colors (we used green craft paint and brown craft paint)
- Paint brush
- Assorted fresh herbs
- First decide what wording you wish to have on the herb dryer. For us, the word “HERBS” worked great. You can also label your hangers by herb name if you have a wide variety you want to dry. If you wish, you can pre-trace the word with pencil.
- Next, paint on your wording using some quality craft paint and a paint brush. A fine tip paintbrush will work best. Take your time and apply the wording in two coats for adequate coverage.
- We decided to add some foliage to our words. Small leaves or something similar will do just fine. Clean your brush and dip it into the green paint. Make some simple ovals for leaves.
- Optional: Cover your artwork with a clear sealant. As long as your herb hanger isn’t hanging outside, it should be fine without it.
- Once your paint is dry, your hanging herb dryer is ready to be used. Just open the clip, place the ends of your herbs, and clamp it closed tightly.
- Hang your herb dryer in a dry place with adequate circulation where the herbs can slowly dry and be well preserved.
- You can then grind the herbs or store them whole in mason jars or other sealed containers.