I have had my eye on some really pretty, rustic Herb Nesting Boxes for a while now. They are all over Pinterest and are great just about anywhere in your home. They can be used for practical kitchen storage for things like plates, pretty placemats rolled up, or for their actual purpose…herbs (wink, wink). Since I haven’t had much luck in the herb growing department, and my Oreo’s are served best without anything fresh like basil sprinkled on them, I decided that I wanted to DIY 3 of these little cuties to house decorative/seasonal items for our living room.
I decided to DIY instead of purchase them because they can be pricey and the ones that I have found that are actually real wood are over $100. I don’t mind spending money on certain decor items (like rugs,mirrors/art and decorative pillows), but, since I’m a girl who likes to change up my decor frequently, I typically like to keep these types of projects on the less expensive side!
For this project I enlisted the help of my main squeeze. He doesn’t mind helping out with these little projects and he prefers me not to use a saw so that I keep all of my digits to make his food and do his laundry and such… so its a pretty even trade if ya ask me!
Here’s the material list for these guys (I had most of the material here. Don’t worry if you don’t though, this project is super reasonable!
- (2) 3/4″x 6″x 8ft Poplar Boards
- Stain (I used Minwax Penetrating Stain in Dark Walnut), Sponge Brush
- Tape Measure, Ruler
- Tape Measure
- White Craft Paint
- Air Nailer or Finishing Nails and Hammer
- (3) I-Hooks
- First off you will want to measure and cut your wood to your desired size. Our finished boxes were as follows: For the largest 21 1/2″ wide x 6 1/4 high x 5 1/2 deep. The medium size was as follows, 17 1/2″ wide x 6 1/4″ high x 5 1/2″ deep. The small was 13 1/2″ wide x 6 1/4″ high x 5 1/2″ deep. Along the board my husband made the following cuts to piece the boxes together…(3) 20″ lengths, (3) 16″ lengths, (3) 12″ lengths and (6) 6 1/4″ lengths.
- Next, assemble and nail your box together.
- On the top of the board that will hang closest to the wall you are going to want to pre-drill a hole for your I-Hook that will be used to hang your nesting box. After your hole is pre-drilled begin screwing your I-Hook into place until you can no longer see the threads. We spray painted our zinc I-Hooks with black paint. You could leave them silver if you love that look as well!
- After your box is assembled you can begin the staining. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area! Using your sponge brush make long sweeping strokes in the direction of the grain until your box is completely stained. Allow 24 hours to dry before you begin the hand-lettering/stenciling.
- Make a straight, level line across the front of your box as a guide to keep your lettering straight.
- Lastly, you can either hand-letter like I did or (if you aren’t comfortable lettering by hand) you can use a stencil to stencil on the names of the herbs that you choose. For our boxes I chose to use Basil, Sage and Rosemary. Sooooo simple!
After the boxes were completely dry and ready to go we hung them up and I got to work on my favorite part…styling these little cuties! Keep in mind that the finished sizes aren’t super wide inside so you’ll want to choose your decor accordingly. For the smallest box I chose 2 concrete candle stick holders in varying heights.
For the medium and large boxes I styled them with white plates, a cute recycled glass jar and some faux greenery that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
This project is so simple and versatile! Thank you so much for visiting the blog! If you loved this post make sure to sign up below to get an email notification of new posts!