Here’s a simple and inexpensive way to display fresh or newly dried herbs, ready to be snipped and used in your favorite dishes. It’s the perfect handmade gift for any of your foodie friends too!
- Thin ribbon or decorative string
- Large-eyed needle
- Fresh herbs
- Twist ties
- Packing tape or fabric glue
- Pen or pencil
- Florist or thin copper wire
- Optional – decorative beads for hanger
1) Cut fresh herbs and tie them in small bundles, using string or twist ties. Try to keep the bundles similar in size.
2) Use a piece of heavy cardboard as your base (the side of an old box is fine). The size depends on how many herb bundles you’ll have to display. The one shown here is approximately 14″ wide X 12″ high. Cut a piece of burlap to be at least 2” wider than the cardboard on all 4 sides and set aside.
3) Place your bundles of herb on the cardboard, laying them out in the manner in which you’d like to display them. Add small marks to either side of each herb bundle.
4) Move your herbs off to the side, keeping them in the same order in which you had them displayed on the cardboard.
5) Using a small nail or sharp pencil, poke a whole through the cardboard at each of the marks.
6) Prepare your display board by affixing the burlap to the cardboard. Do this by folding the extra length over the cardboard and attach with fabric glue or tape. (If you use tape, you may need to re-poke any holes covered with the tape.)
7) Cut your ribbon or decorative string in 14-16” lengths, one ribbon for each bundle of herbs. Working from the back of the board and using a large-eyed needle, pull your ribbon through to the front, leaving one side longer a bit longer.
8) After you have all the ribbons pulled through, place your herbs on the board, keeping them in the order that you originally planned.
9) Starting at the top left, wrap the longer length of ribbon around the selected herb bundle once to secure it and cover the twist tie, and then tie tightly in a bow or knot. Continue with the remainder of the bundles.
To create a decorative hanger, cut a length of wire so that it’s about 1 ½ – 2 times the length of your display board. Poke holes in both top corners of the display board, at least ¾ inch from the edge so that the hole doesn’t break through. Wrap one end of the wire through the first hole and twist to close the loop.
(10) Wrap the wire around a nail or pencil a few times to create “curly Q’s”, adding a few decorative beads for extra color if you wish, and affix other end to hanger hole.
11) If you’re giving this as a gift, you can either write the names of the herbs on the back side of your display board, or add little signs with herb names to the ribbons or string.