Learn how to dry herbs or flowers from your garden or foraging with a DIY Hanging Herb Dryer.
At the end of every gardening season, it’s common to end up with a huge bounty of herbs. Sometimes it seems like there’s more than you could ever use (but we find ways)!
I love making my own dried herbs for my spice mixes, 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.
Getting the timing right with an oven can be a challenge as well, so I started hanging my herbs to dry. The slow process helps to preserve the beneficial oils in the herbs better than the oven.
Learn how to dry herbs with the easiest DIY hanging herb dryer ever! All you need is a good wooden hanger, some painting supplies to spruce it up and some assorted herbs or flowers from your garden or foraging efforts.
How to Dry Herbs with a Hanging Herb Dryer
- 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.