Herb drying rack utilizing an old sign and office binder clips!

Sep 26 2016
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I mentioned in one of my last blog posts that I put in a little kitchen garden right by my front step this spring. I loved it!ย I was able to transplant just about every type of perennial flower of my grandma’s into it so they won’t be lost and will keep on blooming for years. Besides the flowers though I finally got some fresh herbs! I’ve been dabbling in just about every type of herb storing since they started growing. I’ve frozen them as is and I tried freezing them in oil as well. But I really just wanted to dry them because that’s how I use herbs the most. So, I needed an herb drying rack! At work I have these medium sized binder clips that I bought a box of.

A DIY build project of a simple sign combined with office binder clips to create a great herb drying rack or hat rack or anything really!

They’re very handy! I started working on the idea that maybe I could hang them off of screws but what I really needed was a neat old piece of wood to make this really work. I headed out the barn because I thought of the perfect old sign that I had spotted out there! I added screws spaced out along the bottom of it to hang the binder clips on and I was in business!

A DIY build project of a simple sign combined with office binder clips to create a great herb drying rack or hat rack or anything really!A DIY build project of a simple sign combined with office binder clips to create a great herb drying rack or hat rack or anything really!

It then dawned on me that this would be a great rack for just about anything! I thought pictures would work on it, children’s artwork, even hats for a great hat rack! I like how the clips aren’t attached at all so I can get all my herbs ready and then clip them and then hang them. It was such a simple project but sometimes those work out the best! I hung it up in my office and I just LOVE how it smells in there now!

Do you store and grow your own fresh herbs?

A DIY build project of a simple sign combined with office binder clips to create a great herb drying rack or hat rack or anything really!


  1. November 9, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Simple, but so useful, Tarah, and I love the sign you rescued from Grandma’s barn ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking up with us at Vintage Charm–

    • November 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you Diana ๐Ÿ™‚ I used it for drying my hydrangeas this fall and I wondered why I hadn’t made one a long time ago!

  2. December 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    So useful! I love how pretty it looks to while they are drying out! Great tips!!

  3. December 13, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Oh that must smell amazing Tarah and it looks really awesome too. We dry our herbs by hanging them off of one of those old fold up clothes dryer racks, but I’m loving your idea of using binder clips. It’s so much more practical than tying string around the stems. We always have to keep tightening them as the herbs dry and it’s a bit of a pain in the butt.

    • December 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Hey Michelle, I wondered if the string trick would be a bit of a pain. When I looked at other ways people hung herbs to dry they usually used string which is why I tried the binder clips! Now I just need to make more of them because that little board didn’t fit as much as I hoped it would! Thanks for coming by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. December 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I am so making this for the next harvest!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    • December 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Helen! I loved using it this year for all of my herbs my only regret was not making it a lot bigger lol SO I think I may make a couple more!

  5. December 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Love this idea, with winter here I bet the smell in my kitchen if I did this would be incredible! Thanks for sharing this at the DI & DI Link Party.

    • December 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      The smell of the thyme was just amazing! Thanks Christine for commenting!

  6. Vicki
    December 31, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Just curious, how do you store them once they’ve dried?

    • January 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Hey Vicki, I break them up and put them in jars in my spice cabinet ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jann Olson
    December 31, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Great idea! I love bringing herbs indoors and drying them. Smell yummy and look pretty. A win, win! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. January 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    That is adorable! I would love to make one of these when I’m finally able to start my garden in the Spring. Pinning to try! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. January 6, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Sometimes the simplest things yield the greatest results.

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      So true! Thanks for coming by!

  10. January 12, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I love this so much Tarah & I love drying herbs for sure. I wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring you at tomorrow night’s Funtastic Friday party! Thanks for sharing!

  11. January 13, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Such a pretty solution to a practical problem. Your sign is adorable, and I definitely need to make use of this idea when herbs come back this year!

    • January 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Hey Leslie, yup I think I’m going to need to make a couple more of these! I had to cut and dry my herbs in batches this year.

  12. January 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    This is so cool. Love taking random items and turning them into something completely different. Random Acts of DIY. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

  13. January 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    This is fantastic! One of my goals for this new year is planting an herb garden. I love the drying rack tutorial and appreciated the tips. Thank you for sharing! Pinned!

    • January 14, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks Jen, I loved having my herbs last year I’m hoping a couple of them will keep coming back for us!

  14. January 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Super cute! Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  15. January 17, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    So cute and so many uses! I wish I had a barn to go collect scrap wood from!

    • January 17, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Rabia, it is so cool and fortunate for me to have had wood workers as grandparents, they left me so many treasures behind! Thank you so much for commenting!

  16. January 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Wow…what a neat idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. January 30, 2017 at 8:29 am

    The beauty of this lies both in its simplicity and the fact it is upcycled and purposeful. Love it! Heading over from Simple Saturdays Blog Hop and off to pin this now!

  18. February 1, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    This is a great idea. I would love to dry herbs this year. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  19. February 2, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I love this! great idea! Thanks for sharing with us on the Family Joy Blog Link Party!

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

  20. February 2, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Gotta love binder clips! They have so many uses and that sign is awesome. Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week!

  21. February 3, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I love this! Very clever to use the clips! I’m going to feature your herb rack at Best of the Weekend on Friday night! Thanks for sharing!

  22. February 10, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Such an easy way to create a drying rack.
    Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party @DearCreatives Pinned & shared.

    • February 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for coming by Theresa!

  23. February 10, 2017 at 5:02 am

    How clever! I will definitely be on the look out for an old sign when I start hitting the flea markets again this spring. Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party last week. I hope you will join our next party starting Sunday at noon EST.

  24. March 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Stopping by from Tuesday Talk. That’s a great idea and it looks like something my mom would do! Thanks for sharing and linking up! XOXO

  25. March 15, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Genius. Sharing now!

  26. July 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Love the simplicity of the binder clips!

  27. July 19, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I love this idea and it is so simple. Great idea!

  28. July 20, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I adore the old sign. I am checking out all of these ideas as we gear up for redecorating our home

  29. July 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I definitely need to make one of these for my herbs Tarah and I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Amber! Have a great week!

  30. July 23, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Tarah like you said sometimes the simplest ideas have the best results. I can only daydream about how nice your office smells with these. Pinning.

  31. October 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    This is such a clever idea!

  32. October 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    This is so great. Thanks for linking up to the Waste Not Wednesday. You are my favorite this week and will be featured on all our sites.

    • October 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Deborah!!

  33. October 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Such a cute project Tarahlynn! Must smell so yummy in your office!

  34. March 1, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful DIY project on the Encouraging Hearts and Home blog hop! You were featured on http://www.daytodayadventures.com today!

  35. March 22, 2018 at 7:23 am

    That’s a great idea. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty link Party this week. Pinned!

  36. March 23, 2018 at 2:26 am

    I wish I had seen this before buying a herb drier ๐Ÿ˜›

    • March 23, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      lol Easy to make! Thanks for coming by!

  37. March 23, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Such a great idea! #ThatFridayLinky

    • March 23, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you, have a great weekend!

  38. March 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Great idea, must have a go. Thanks for sharing. #ThatFridayLinky

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