Simple Wooden Herb Boxes

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My apologies for displaying these beauties from the garage wall, but when you are doing one project per day it doesn't leave much time for staging.

I saw these gorgeous wooden boxes hanging on the wall in a picture by the extremely talented Kevin and Layla Palmer at The Lettered Cottage
Here is their profile picture from facebook.  Perfection, right?

Notice on the wall to the left of the kitchen cabinets a row of antique herb boxes?  I love them!  I found a set on Esty, but they were $80, plus shipping.  Ouch.  Not in my budget.  :(

I set to making a similar set of my own.  There is a stenciling on the front of the antique boxes with names of various herbs and the name of the herb company...but as my past experience with lettering goes I'll just leave mine plain.  I may add something later, but for now just stain.

I made three boxes.  See a simple measurement plan below.
Originally, I planned on hiding the bottom inside of the box.  However, I had some left over thin plywood and it was in sizes I could cut with a miter saw.  Very little cutting for this project.

Early American stain

I had planned on using a wire to hang them (like in the inspiration piece), but I had a pack of rustic looking rope sitting next to my work bench.  Somehow, I liked the rope even better.  Only problem was when I hung them in the garage to allow the stain to dry overnight...they didn't sit flush with the wall.

However, they should sit flush with the wall if you drill the holes on the end pieces instead of the back pieces.  But this was the look I wanted.

I ran to the basement where I keep all the picture hangers and found these.  So I hung the boxes in two places.  I'm thinking I may use some fancy hooks to hang the rope and just a plain nail for the picture hanger when I put these in the breakfast room.
Added a picture hanger to the top of the box for it to sit flush with the wall.

Large Box -
3 - 11" x 8" (front, back and bottom)
2 - 5.75" x 8" (sides)

Medium Box -
3 - 10" x 6" (front, back and bottom)
2 - 4" x 6" (sides)

Small Box -
3 - 9" x 4" (front, back and bottom)
2 - 2" x 4" (sides)

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  1. Very cute! I love seeing your projects btw! Thanks for taking the time to post them.

  2. What if you put the rope coming from inside the box so the knot is on the back? That might make them slightly more flush while still having the rustic robe look. They look great!

  3. You are my hero! All the sites on the web but no one as clear and understanding like yours!

    I love your drawings thank you sooooo much!

    xx Noon

  4. I just found your site, and am putting it on my list of favorites - love your determination to put together trendy stuff without paying a fortune!