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Hello, friends!  A few weeks ago I shared some DIY Garden Markers I made using oven-baked clay.  Well, those cute garden markers made their home in a DIY hanging herb garden that I’m SO excited to share with y’all today.

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You guys, I’m not going to lie, this requires way too many power tools, in my opinion.  I had to enlist my husband to complete the first few steps, so please stick with me!

I found this DIY hanging herb garden on Home Depot’s website, and I was in love!  We pretty much followed those directions for drilling the holes for the pots.

I could list in detail here the steps we took to cut the 4 holes using a hole saw, but that’s not my area of expertise and since we followed Home Depot’s instructions at first….  Follow steps 1-3 on Home Depot’s website then head back here 🙂

Few tips for making the boards:

  • Start with cedar boards.  Cedar is naturally water and mildew resistant which makes it perfect for outdoors and watering.  Plus, it is GORGEOUS and has amazing character for being wood you can buy from Home Depot.
  • Clamp the boards down when you’re cutting the holes.  My husband had to really put some oomph into cutting the holes for the pots and the board was flying all over the place.  Clamp that baby down so it’s easier to cut!
  • Don’t stain the wood!!  While sanding and staining the wood would give it a more finished look, I truly love how rustic and natural the unfinished cedar looks.  Stay tuned for pictures 🙂

Supplies (to finish the herb garden):

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I started by painting the terra cotta pots with my favorite chalk paint.  I used a regular brush so that there would be streaky lines in the paint (as seen below).

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

Look at these herbs!!!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

Once the pots were dry, I planted the herbs and added in my DIY garden markers!!  Love how it looks already!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

These next few pictures were taken at night, after the kiddos were in bed.  So they are a little darker than I would like but hey I have to get this stuff done when the kids are asleep!! 🙂

We used regular ‘ole scissors to cut our sisal rope.  This rope is great for the project because it’s natural and rustic looking, matching the cedar boards!

We cut 8 pieces of rope about 24in long each.  You need 4 pieces of rope for each board.

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You will then string the rope through each of the holes.  My husband found if you twist the rope in a clockwise manner while pushing, the rope slides through easier.  I don’t know, I just shoved mine through…..

(AHHH look at those boards!!!   So pretty)

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

So, on the cedar there is a more rustic-y side and a more finished side.  We chose to have the rustic side face up.  So you want about 3/4 of the rope on the unfinished (or top) side and the remaining amount on the finished (or bottom) side.

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

Then, we tied a knot on the bottom side of the board.  You’ll need to make a knot for each rope on the board (so 4 knots total for each board).

This is a regular “pull the rope through a circle” knot.  Nothing fancy.

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

Once you have your bottom knots complete, it’s time to hang it!!

We have a great iron railing that was perfect for this project.  You may need to figure something a little different out for you, depending on what your railing looks like.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!!

This is definitely a two person job because you want to make sure it’s level.

Starting with the rope on the unfinished (or top) side:

1 person will hold the board and the other will begin tying a knot with BOTH PIECES of rope to the top of the balcony.  My husband did some weird knot here, but all of my were just regular knots as before.

Finished tying both upper knots before moving on to the bottom.

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

Then you’ll tie ONE bottom piece (below the knot you tied before) to a post on the railing.

You want to pull it pretty tight so that it’s not blowing in the wind.  You don’t want those herbs flying out!  Try to make it as level as possible.  But, if I’m being honest, mine aren’t 100% level….

The last piece of rope that is in the front of the wood face down will just get cut so that all that remains is the knot you made before.

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

All that’s left is to trim the rope (leave about 1″ of rope at the end of each knot).

Then, insert your beautiful herb pots!!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

Oh hey, back to day light!!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You guys, I would have liked to hang this on the inside of the railing, but, little fingers would come and destroy all my hard work.

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

You HAVE to check out this amazing DIY hanging herb garden!! Perfect DIY herb garden for a small outdoor space. Hangs on a railing like a window box!

I’m loving how the hanging herb garden turned out!  It’s easy to come out and pull a few herbs for cooking.  So far I’ve used the mint for lemon/mint water (or mojitos!!) and parsley for turkey burgers.

That’s all for today, guys!  I hope you try this out or are inspired to make your own herb garden.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wishing you a joyful day!

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12 Comments

  1. Kristi

    SUCH a great idea Sarah! So handy to have your own herb garden AND not have to give up your balcony space to do it!

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  2. zan

    Oh my! Girl you rock at what you do! And to have your husband helping you is an added bonus. We tend to drag them along in this blog thing of ours – don’t we. But we are doing the stuff for home anyway so it’s all good:) Your herb garden is beautiful! I have never done a hanging herb garden but would love to have something like this (without me making it, of course). Your photos are lovely, night time and all!!!

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  3. colette @ restyle it wright

    It turned out super cute! I love the raw wood look with the rope. The natural green elements of the herbs are awesome!

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  4. Lora

    I love this project! I’m also crazy about your cute herb markers, too!

    Reply

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