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DIY Herb Dryer Out of Old Picture Frames

Updated on May 5, 2016
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Theresa loves repurposing old things or turning things into other useful items. She loves creating something new from something old.

Herb Dryer Outside

Herb Dryer Outside
Herb Dryer Outside | Source

Best Herbs for Air Drying


This natural air-drying process works best with herbs that do not have high moisture content such as:

Bay

Dill

Marjoram

Oregano

Rosemary

Summer Savory

Thyme


Enjoy Making This Simple, Quick and Easy Project


Do you love fresh herbs from the market or do have an herb garden? Do you want to save money by drying your own herbs? If so, you will love making this simple, quick, easy and inexpensive project!


Drying your own herbs is very easy and really does not cost a thing, other than the small initial cost of making this inexpensive herb dryer. What is great about this project is that you may already have all or most of the items needed for this project just lying around your house. Drying herbs by air is a slow process, but it is best, as it does not diminish the herbs of their oils.


You can air dry herbs inside or outside. If you dry the herbs outside, be sure to hang the herb dryer in a shaded dry area. Also when drying herbs outside, you may come across the problem of critters trying to bother the herbs.


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Collection of Old Wooden Picture Frames

Collection of old wooden picture frames.
Collection of old wooden picture frames. | Source

Materials Needed:


Old wooden picture frames (wood picture frames are best)


Staple gun


Old screen


Eye bolts


Small Vice Grip (if necessary)


Chains (12 pieces of 10" in length each)


One large cable tie


Wood Picture Frame

Wood Picture Frame
Wood Picture Frame | Source

Step One:


Make sure your old picture frames are down to just the wood.Remove the glass or anything on the back of the frames.You can use the frames as they are or paint the frames.It is all up to your preference. You can even use different size frames.The amount of frames you use is also up to you.You can even just use one large frame if you so desire. Here, I am going to use three frames of the same size.You may also like to paint your frames or leave them natural as you found them.


I love to use a frame that has a bit of depth and width to it to keep the herbs in place and keep them from blowing off when drying the herbs outside.


Old Screen Found Under House

Old Screen
Old Screen | Source

Step Two:


I found an old screen under our house that we were not using. If you do not have any old screens lying round, just go down to your local flea market and you are sure to find one for about $3.00. You will need to wash the screen and allow it to dry.Since the screen is going to be attached to the back of the frames, be sure to measure your screen to fit the back of each frame.I just placed each frame on the screen and used a Sharpie to mark the size of the frame on the screen.Then cut the screen to fit. To my surprise, I found the screen was easily cut with a pair of cutting shears. Next, just staple the screen to the back of the wood frames.

Cutting Screen

Cutting Screen
Cutting Screen | Source

Back of Wood Picture Frame

Back of Wood Picture Frame (notice the inlay here, which helps in securing the screen).  This is the kind of picture frame I prefer.
Back of Wood Picture Frame (notice the inlay here, which helps in securing the screen). This is the kind of picture frame I prefer. | Source

Cut Screen Placed On Back of Wood Frame

Cut to size screen placed on back of wood frame.
Cut to size screen placed on back of wood frame. | Source

Staple Screen to Back of Frame

Staple screen to back of frame.
Staple screen to back of frame. | Source

Step Three:


Next, it is time to screw in the eye bolts into each corner of the top of each frame.These will hold the chains in place to attach each frame together and to hang the herb dryer. You must also screw in eye bolts into the back of two of the frames in each corner of the frames that will hang above the bottom frame. At times it was difficult to screw in the eye bolts, being they are so small, so I used a small vice grip to help. That did the trick!

Eye Bolts

Eye Bolts
Eye Bolts | Source

Eye Bolt Screwed into Corner of Picture Frame

Eye bolt screwed into corner of picture frame.
Eye bolt screwed into corner of picture frame. | Source

Using Small Vice Grip to Screw In Eye Bolt

Using small vice grip to screw in eye bolt.
Using small vice grip to screw in eye bolt. | Source

Chains

Pile of Small Chains
Pile of Small Chains | Source

Step Four:


It is time to attach your small linked chains to each frame, connecting each frame together.Be sure to leave enough chain at the top to attach all chains together in a triangular form so that your herb dryer can be hung from a tree branch or wherever. I used a large black cable tie to hold mine together at the top.


You can purchase these small chains or any size chains at your local hardware store. An employee of the hardware store will be happy to cut to size each piece of chain you need. I used 12 pieces of 10" chain.


Herb Dryer Inside

Herb Dryer Inside
Herb Dryer Inside | Source

Tip


In the summer, you may want to place mosquito netting around the herb dryer when using it outside.


Ready to Use!


Your herb dryer is now ready to be used! Air drying herbs naturally is less expensive than other methods. Well, it is free! This project just does not get any greener.


Air Drying Herbs

These Make Wonderful Gifts Too!


If you have friends or family who have an herb garden, I am sure they would love receiving this handmade herb dryer as a gift! They are simple to make and very inexpensive too, but very useful.Therefore, they make the perfect gift for your friends or family who love fresh herbs, whether bought from the market or grown at home.


I bet your family or friends have not yet received this particular item as a gift!


© Copyright, Faith Reaper, January 5, 2014


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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Sunnyglitter,

      Oh, I do hope you give this a try. It is super easy and you can customize to your own style and creativity. I've seen painted ones with cute designs on them in all sizes.

      All of us usually have some old picture frames lying about, and I found an old screen under my house.

      Let me know how it turns out!

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      Sunnyglitter 18 months ago from Cyberspace

      Very cool! Can't wait to try this!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rayne,

      I apologize for missing your wonderful comment from six months ago!

      I hope you did make this as it is truly an easy project and so useful. You can use just one large frame if you want or all sorts of sizes, just whatever fits your needs and space at the time.

      Oh, yes, those are great ideas you have shared! Hmm, may have to borrow your ideas too. Yes, they could be floating shelves.

      Blessings to you too

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      Rayne123 2 years ago

      Hi Faith how are you.

      You know I have read a few of your hubs and never noticed this one until today.

      This is so cool. I will have to make some.

      These hangers can also be used for plants or candles, anything really.

      Great hub, very informative.

      Thank you

      Many blessings

      Laurie

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      Oh, I am so glad you found this hub useful and informative. Yes, you can certainly manage it for it is very simple ...no problem at all. Usually most people have old picture frames lying around and they do not have to be the same size or even color.

      I really appreciate the vote up.

      Blessings always

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful and informative hub!

      What a brilliant idea to dry your herbs. Never thought about it and now I think I can manage to do this and your instructions are so helpful.

      Voted up and many thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Michael,

      Thank you so much for stopping by here this day. You are always the poet, even in your commenting on a craft hub : ) ... so kind and sweet too.

      Happy New Year and continue blessings during the new year and always.

      Peace and (((Hugs)))

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      cleaner3 2 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very creative... your deep spirit and the love that emanates from your soul is rare..

      wishing you a great new year for you and your family ..Dear Theresa.. always your friend..

      Michael

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Country-Sunshine,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. Yes, if it is a bit windy, there is a good chance of them blowing off the frames, unless one uses really deep frames. I have seen where others use a white, cotton or linen covering to prevent bugs and wind from disturbing the herbs. If you have a covered area protected by two walls, there is less of a chance of that happening. I love your idea, which would work just great!

      Yes, there are plenty of possibilities for this green project in using old picture frames. I have seen some painted white and just using one large one with angels painted on them or country images painted on the frames too, which is so cute, like cows, chickens or whatever. These can be customized to suit all's personality or space.

      The smaller frames are great in small areas like a corner in a small kitchen or even on a balcony of an apartment.

      If you do give this a try, let me know how it works out for you next spring, especially if you place it outside.

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi joyfulcrown,

      Thank you for stopping by my side of HP Town. Herbs are wonderful and this project in using old picture frames that most have lying about, is a great green project for a useful project, especially nice in small areas, but can be used anywhere. I have a huge and deep frame that is good for outdoor use as it is so deep to help keep the herbs in. This is a very simple project to make and one can use however many frames of varying sizes or colors, or even paint them to add character even.

      Hope you are enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Yes, if you already have so much to use, please use it up first! Rosemary is my favorite herb, as it adds so much flavor to baked chicken or really anything. I used dried and crushed rosemary in the sausage and cheese balls I made at Christmas. They are always a hit with everyone.

      Being you have so much, you could just lay the screen out over something and dry a lot of herbs at once, without using any old frames. This is one way to repurpose old picture frames, but certainly not necessary to dry herbs. You could place the screen across two work horses (wooden) in an enclosed area if need be.

      These smaller frames are great for those who live in small places and can be easily tucked away in a corner or on a balcony.

      Always a blessing when you stop by and I appreciate you sharing!

      (((Hugs)))

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello aesta,

      I am so sorry I missed your visit here nine days ago. I appreciate you stopping by to read and glad you are excited about giving this simple, yet green project a go!

      Blessings always

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      This is an interesting idea, and it seems to have a lot of possibilities. As to placing one outdoors: my first question was "how do you keep the herbs from blowing away?".

      I think that by making a "sandwich" of the frames would do the job better for the outdoors. Make one frame, place the herbs in it, then place another frame on top. Not certain how to secure them, since I'm thinking out loud here. It would need to be easy to assemble and take apart.

      I'll have to give this a try next spring. Thanks for the easy instructions!

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      What a good idea, not only useful but pretty too. I grow herbs, and I would love to make one of these.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I still have not done this but have my frames ready and roll of screen in an outbuilding. I grew more herbs last year and right now I have rosemary that is sort of an evergreen that I could dry but I have so much I have bought already dry! I need to hurry and use that up! It is good on everything.

      Well just stopping by a hub I really loved and sharing!

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This idea made me get excited. Another project to do when I get home.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This idea made me get excited. Another project to do when I get home.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo, Being you have so much herbs, if you could find one very large frame to hold a large quantity, it may be best, or just get two saw horses and place a huge screen on top inside a garden shed or wherever lol. These smaller frames are great for small spaces. They are truly easy to make. If I can do it, anyone can! Lol. Trust me. Happy herbing. Yes, a nice weekend so far and even managed to stand the Christmas tree up but not decorated yet ... hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend too. Blessings

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, I just had to take another look at this, I'll be showing it to the old boy so he can build me one. I thought I might have a go, but I'm quite useless at such things. I usually tie the herbs and hang them or preserve them in oil, but I prefer your dry frame idea, and so will all the herb growers. Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey, it is very easy to make and so useful. It would be perfect in your kitchen as you can choose any size frames to fit your space, plus enjoying the fragrance of the herbs drying is nice. Hope it works out for you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This is such a wonderful idea! And it looks easy to make which is always a plus for me! I am thinking this would be great inside my kitchen!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Becky, oh, your beautiful covered porch sounds like the perfect place to hang one of these easy to make herb dryers or several! Oh, yes, give the roses a try and let me know. I am grateful for Jackie sharing this hub here for another round on HP. Enjoy!

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      Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I now have a huge, beautiful covered porch to dry them on. I will have to plan and plant next year. We moved here too late to do anything about it this last year. I still love this idea. I hated having fresh basil go to waste, because I did not have a way to dry them before.

      Thank you Jackie, for reminding me of this. I had forgotten about it. I wonder how roses dried on this would work as potpourri. I have a bunch of rose bushes and they are all blooming. I will have to check it out.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      You did find a good deal there for sure. This project is so easy and very useful to dry herbs and it does not take up a lot of space. Drying herbs smell so great! Oh, Oregano is one of my favorite herbs.

      I appreciate you sharing this one.

      Hope it works out well for you. You are always cooking up something wonderful.

      Hugs

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I bought the frames and still have not done this! I have got to and dry some herbs cause I did plant some more this year since mine were dying out for some reason; maybe they just do after awhile. Oregano is one I had never done before and I have a lot of it.

      Sharing so everyone else can be reminded if they plan to do it and I got huge frames at Dollar Tree; some luck there!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ologinquito,

      Thank you so much for reading. Yes, it is so very easy, useful and green.

      It comes in handy in small spaces.

      Blessings

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This is such a great idea, which most of us never would have thought of doing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Sanjay Lakhanpal,

      Thank you for reading and I am glad you think this a novel idea.

      Blessings

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      Sanjay Sharma 3 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Thanks for the novel idea.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Word55,

      I am so glad you found this interesting and creative. Yes, fresh hers are the best all the way around. Oh, growing herbs is so easy, and you can even do so on a windowsill in the kitchen. That is awesome you grow some veggies already!

      Kim is a sweetheart for sharing.

      I appreciate you both so much.

      Hugs and blessings for a lovely day and always

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Kim,

      Thank you for leaving such a generous comment here.

      I appreciate the vote up and more and share. You are a treasure.

      Yes, I did receive great news yesterday, and now I do not have to go back for another year, as I have been going every six months for two years. It really has been almost three years now of being healed from such (July, 2011). Praise Him!

      Hugs and love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Um Faith this was very interesting and most creative. I love fresh herbs. They are very preventive of illnesses and diseases. I wish I could grow my own. I grow some veggies but not half enough. Thank you Kim for sharing this :-)

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      This is an example of professional and extraordinary work presented in such a useful and user-friendly way. A green hub in all the right ways.

      V+/Shared H and FB.

      Kim

      PS--I just want you to know I am sending you the biggest and warmest hug ever. From reading comments on another hub, I got the impression you have had positive news regarding your health.

      : - )

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Lady,

      Thank you so much for reading. Glad you like this idea. Yes, that is usually the case that most already have the items around the home, and makes this a lot easier. It is very green and drying one's own herbs saves a lot of money, especially if you have an herb garden.

      I appreciate the share.

      Have a great weekend ahead.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      This is a neat and cool idea. I have all of the stuff to make this. Thanks for sharing this and I will share it too.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Victoria,

      Thank you so much for the "awesome" and, yes, you can dry fresh herbs from the store too, so that they will not go to waste!

      I appreciate you stopping by to read and hope you will give this one a try, as it could not be any easier and most everyone already has all the materials necessary for this project. The fresh herbs smell wonderful inside drying in one's home.

      Have a great evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is awesome! I want to add it to my green hub! Cilantro is my favorite. Can I dry out the stuff I buy from the store, even? I've always wondered that. I can't use it all before it goes bad. Great hub!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Crafty, oh, that is awesome you grow fresh rosemary! This project is perfect for you then no doubt. I can smell the fresh rosemary drying already! If you do give this a try, let me know how it works out for you. Most everyone already has the materials necessary around the home for this simply yet useful project. Have a lovely evening, Faith Reaper

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is so clever and crafty! I love this project. I grow fresh rosemary and have never figured out how to dry it without snipping little shoots off and letting it air dry. This is perfect.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      So great to see you here this day reading my hubs! I am glad to see you back writing too. Oh, yes, the kitchen is the perfect place indoors to hang this project and the scents are quite appealing while the herbs are drying indeed.

      Blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Another great idea, Faith! I think I'll make this to hang in the kitchen. I imagine the scent of the herbs drying is quite appealing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Better Yourself,

      So great to see you stopping by to read! I am so glad you will give this a try when the weather warms up after you get your herb garden going. Yes, most already do have the supplies necessary for this project already lying around the house, if not, they are very inexpensive. It is a very simple, yet very green project and useful too.

      I appreciate the vote up and so glad you think it to be creative.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      So excited about this! I will be starting an herb garden when the weather warms up. I already have some picture frames I'm not using and the staple gun so just a few items to acquire to make my own :) Great hub, creative idea, and voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eddy,

      Thank you so much for reading and I am so glad you found this simply, yet green, project to be interesting, original and useful. I appreciate the vote up and hope you have a lovely weekend.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting,original and so useful Faith.

      Voted up for sure and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank so much for reading, Writer Fox. Our Internet and phones have been down here in the deep south due to snow and ice. It will not improve until noon on Thursday. This is the first time I was able to get online. Yes, children could help with supervision. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      What a very interesting do-it-yourself project! This looks like something even kids could help out with. Enjoyed and voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Deb,

      Thank you so much for reading, and I do hope you will give it a try and it works out for you.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ignugent,

      So nice to see you stopping by to read. I hope all is well with you and yours. Thank you so much!

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is such a wonderful idea, and I think I will try it. Thanks for the thought.

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      Very creative Faith. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Becky,

      So great to see you here this day reading! Oh, I am so glad you will give one a try. That is a great idea about using the Philips screwdriver to help screw in the eye bolts. I am glad you found this to be a wonderful idea.

      Really this one cannot get any easier, especially with most items found already in the home.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Wonderful idea and I will be making one soon. I have found that a philips screwdriver works really well to help screw in eye bolts. Just stick it through the hole. I use them a lot for mounting small frames. They have some pretty decorative ones that I use.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much again dear Romeos. Oh, this project is a very simple one for sure.

      Yes, the weekend was lovely with the granddaughters, who just left about 30 minutes ago. Today, here in the states, it is a state holiday, and I work for the state, so I did enjoy my Monday!

      Hope your week is off to a lovely start as well. Thank you for the return visit here to my simple, yet very green project.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi DreamerMeg,

      So nice to meet you and thank you for reading! Yes, that is what is so great about this very simple and very green project, is that most do have tons of old wood frames already, as well as the other item. Oh, as far as rain, well, this herb dryer really great to use indoors too. You can make several, some for outdoors or indoors. If you have a covered area outdoors, that might be good, or just use it indoors. Also, you can use less frame and shorten the length of frames between each upper frame to take up less space. You could use one very large frame if you so choose. It is very versatile and one can pick and choose just how many frames and the sizes to fit one's needs.

      I hope it can work for your needs.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzette,

      Thank you so much for the "fantasic" and I understand about missing hubs here and there myself! That is great you grow your own herbs inside. Yes, most do have all the required items already in the house and so it makes this little project even easier than it already is to make. I know I have tons of old wood frames just lying around. I like to repurpose and reuse when I can.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      That's really very kind of you to say dear Faith; you seem to be very creative with ideas and with the dexterity of your hands in making such practical, and special pieces; the visuals from your harlequin fountain was a wonder to behold, and am sure that your step-by-step manual will engender confidence to those who wouldn't otherwise feel they could tackle such a project.

      I hope you had a lovely w/end precious heart, and that today is relinquishing promises of joy for you.

      With Kind Regards,

      R.Q.

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Interesting hub. I have LOTS of old picture frames of all sizes waiting to be used. What about when it rains? This is Northern Ireland. It rains quite often.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Dear Faith: I don't know how I missed this hub but this one is fantastic. I love your idea - so simple and yet so creative. This is a great idea as I sometimes grow herbs inside the house and then I have been drying them with tissue paper in books. LOL! This is a great idea and so lovely for both inside and outside the house. What I love about this idea is your are correct the necessary items are already in the house. Thanks for these creative ideas - the picture frame herb dryer and the beautiful bird bath!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Romeos, you always know how to bring the big smiles to one's face. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment here on my very elementary, yet very green project! Plus I love the Angel with the pursed lips idea and/or a sprayed image on the screen...how clever! I may have to give that a try and I hope others read your fantastic idea. There is true talent here on HP and you are one who is multi-talented. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Tom Schumacher, So nice to meet you. Thank you for reading! Oh yes, most definitely if you have some old wood frames, they would be perfect and I do hope you give it a try for your backyard garden. It is very simple to do and very green. Enjoy! Faith Reaper

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      Tom Schumacher 3 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      This is a fun and creative approach to drying home grown herbs! Now you have me thinking about old picture frames boxed up and stored away that might be perfect for this addition to my backyard garden area. Thanks for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Vellur, Always so great to see you stopping by to read! I appreciate the "awesome cool" and great comment, as well as the vote up. Yes, it is indeed useful. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      This is a great idea, it is decorative and useful. Your herb dryer looks awesome cool! Great hub, voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello KennNewel,

      So nice to meet you. Oh, I am so glad you are going to try this simple project and I hope it is useful to you. Thank you for reading. Yes, it is a great way to reuse old frames.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Kenneth Newel 3 years ago

      Best way to reuse the old frames, I will definitely try this.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS, Thank you so much for reading my very simple and green hub. Oh, now I know better as you are great at making things! Remember I have read all of your craft hubs! I appreciate the wonderful comments and thank you for pinning and sharing. Hugs and Angels back to you too, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Faith

      You have done such a great job of explaining how to do this that I might be able to replicate it . I am not so good with the constructing of things but your step by step directions and photos are dynamite. Pinned and shared.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Cyndi,

      Oh, thank you so much for the "awesome" and "elegant" ... and I am so thrilled you have lots of screens and lots of frames laying around, which means you will be able to cover your needs and make tons of gifts for your friends! It is a win-win situation indeed!

      Well, your husband's sawhorses can hold a lot of herbs for drying no doubt! That is actually a great idea too.

      I appreciate the vote up, pin and tweet.

      (((HUGS))),

      Faith Reaper

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      This is awesome! I dry herbs from time to time, and use screens and my husband's sawhorses to dry - not very attractive at all. These are elegant! Thank you for the idea. I have LOTS of screens and LOTS of frames laying around. Now I know what to do with them. :D Voted, pinned and tweeted. Hugs!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo (LadyFiddler),

      No, not done with my other masterpieces yet LOL. Have had a bit of bronchitis, but I will be fine. Thank you for checking though.

      Hugs and blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      LOL well i haven't seen any other hub from you in three days so i guess your other Masterpiece work of art is on it's way :) LOL.

      Pleasant day to you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sweetjoo,

      So nice to meet you and thank you for the sweet comments and taking time out to read here! Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Yousaf Meera 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Awesome. Very good written and helpful. Thanks. Keep it UP

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello oldiesmusic,

      So nice to meet you. Well, thank you so much for the generous comments and kind words! Yes, most everyone has most of these items lying around already, and what better way to repurpose old frames.

      I appreciate the "awesome" too.

      Have a great week,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. Always a blessing to see you stopping by to read. Yes, I just love fresh oregano. There is nothing better than fresh herbs and with this simple and very green project, one can dry one's own herbs. The aroma makes one's home smell so wonderful too.

      Hugs and blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      Really clever Faith! And there's not a more beautiful-looking herb dryer than the one you've made -- good way to do with old unused frames. Really awesome. :)

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Faith, this is a fantastic idea for a craft project. A very detailed hub and simple to follow. Good visuals too. The only herb that I have at home is oregano. I also voted for oregano in the poll. thank you for sharing. Hope everything is well with you. Blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      Thank you so much for your kind words and reading! Yes, it is great when one can reuse something for another useful purpose.

      Have a blessed week,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very good work, Faith! Creative, beautiful and useful. Thank you for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, that is so great, Leslie! I am thankful for your enthusiastic comments in response to my simple but very green project here. I appreciate the vote up and more and pin. Yes, I think it makes a great gift for anyone who loves fresh dried herbs. It can be customized to any size frames, colors and design. I hope you give it a try and it works out for you. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Nell, Thank you so much lol. Yes, I can look at something and come up with some different takes on them for all sorts of uses. I really love Romeos' cute idea up there about painting angels with pursed lips blowing on the herbs to help them dry! Lol ...so cute as this one I made here is pretty plain Jane. If I do his idea, I will use just one larger frame with larger width and angled sides to add the art but I would paint it a nice crisp white and then add the art. If I am in an artistic mood, I will give it a try to see how it turns out and, if good, will add a photo here. So glad you loved this! Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      lesliebyars 3 years ago

      I absolutely love this idea!! I love my herbs and I love cooking with dried/fresh herbs. This is great. I have pinned it, voted up, useful and interesting.

      Great idea for gift giving!!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      This is fantastic Faith! I totally admire someone who can see an old picture frame, and then the mesh and think to themselves I know I will make a.....and so on! It just would not even occur to me! lol! I love it, wonderful!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kathryn,

      So great to see you stopping by to read this day! An herb garden is great. However, herb gardens to not have to be outside and take up a lot of room, as you may know, you can plant a few fresh herbs on a little shelf and you are good to go with your favorite herbs. This type of herb dryer works really well inside, and you can just use one large picture frame if you so desire to not take up as much space or you can shorten the chains between each frame, and you will be good to go! I appreciate your kind comments and, yes, it is very simple, could not be any easier. Simple and green!

      Enjoy your Sunday, sweet lady,

      Faith Reaper

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us. If I ever have my own home, I want an herb garden, and this would be a great project. I like the idea of drying herbs.

      I like the photos you provided, and that you gave us a list of all of the supplies needed. It looks relatively simple!

      Have a great weekend, my friend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Martie, Thank you so much for the "brilliant" comment! Sounds like you are ready to go then with your many old frames you already have and your love of drying your own herbs. I appreciate you taking the time to read and I do hope this truly gives you a new use or new repurpose for your old frames. Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Such a creative and inexpensive project, that looks so simple to make, from the delightful digits of a capable wife, no doubt. They would be great for airing black pepper and such like - another really clever idea!

      Just had a thought....if you're feeling extra ' arty', one could slip a home-made drawing of say an Angel with pursed lips that look as though he or she is blowing on the herbs you lay out, or spray a preferred image on the mesh.

      Talent has a name, and she's called Faith Reaper..... :D

      With Warm Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      What a brilliant idea! I have many old frames and had no idea what to do with it. And I love drying my own herbs. Thanks for this great tip, Faith Reaper!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Susan, that is different size frames and shorten the length of the chains ...is what I meant to say. Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh wow, Susan, that is awesome! Yes, this kind of herb dryer is perfect for indoor use and you can make it your own by customizing the design to fit your needs by using larger frames, more or less frames and even making more than one herb dryer. You can even use different suze frames on one herb dryer. You can also shirten the length of the chains to make the herb dryer take up less space, leaving enough air flow between the frames. You can also use just one very large frame in different locations. Sounds like you are set to go with your already purchased new screening and many onhand frames! It is certainly a simlpe and useful way to go green using this method to dry herbs. I appreciate the vote up and more, sharing and pinning. Have fun and I hope it works well for your needs, Faith Reaper

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a fantastic idea! I'm planning on starting an indoor herb garden and will make your herb dryer for sure. I have many old frames and I have a huge roll of new screening I can use for this. I'm always repairing the old screens and buy the stuff in bulk :)

      Voted up +++, sharing and pinning.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome, Devika! I know you enjoy your herb garden and so do your neighbors with your kindness and generosity. I am so glad this will work out for you dear one! Have a lovely weekend, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Blond Logic, So nice to meet you and thank you for taking the time to read! Lol, well isn't that a perfect timing coincidence with you and your box of picture frames about to go to the wayside and your purchasing seeds for chiles and basil!!! I am thrilled you have everything you need. You can use different sizes of frames in one herb dryer and it sounds like you may be able to make more than one. Also, if you happen to have a very large frame, it can be used alone. However you wish to configure it is up to you with what you have. I am glad you do not have to dispose of the box of frames now! Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have an herb garden and this is such great idea, lat summer I had lots of mint and gave much to our neighbors this will work perfectly for me.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deat Frank, thank you for always faithfully reading, especially one such as this as I know you are not one who is crafty, except in crafting great creative fiction. I appreciate the kind comment. Yes, it is a true green project for sure. Have a lovely Sunday dear one. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      You are a mind reader. We have a box of picture frames that we were going to dispose of. Also this week we bought seeds for chilies and basil. I also think we have everything we need to do this.

      What a great idea.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      you know Faith...not for nothing, but this is a good idea..yeah something useful thanks for sharing dear one

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear AliciaC,

      Thank you for reading! Yes, it is very easy and very green too, as most will have the materials already in their homes, except maybe the chain. I appreciate your kind comments and sharing.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzzycue,

      So great to see you here! Yes, I love working on these types of projects during the winter. I guess I am backwards from most people lol ... Yes, it is surely a very green project and it truly does work! Oh, thank you so much for the vote up and pin. What a cool board you have there. I will have to check it out for sure dear friend.

      So glad you love this, as I know you love making green projects too that I love as well.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper