How to make a herb dryer for the window

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I have a cool cool project for you today!! This is my herb dryer that I use in my apartment. It’s temporary and easy to make which makes it perfect for our rental! My summer herbs are drying on it and when I have herbs leftover from dishes (like my Tomato Tart) I hang them up and use them later. Love! I’ll be honest, I’m not an expert in herb drying and may not be doing it correctly. But, I do know that it is working fine for me. So…that’s what counts in my book!

I hope you can see the herb dryer in the window. It’s awfully hard to take photo’s of a window. But, this is a herb dryer/hanger. It’s the best thing in my kitchen! For realz! I love cooking with herbs…especially fresh. But, I always find myself with just a bit more herbs than I need. And it is a big bummer to have those fresh herbs go bad. So, I found a way to hang those bits of herbs in my window. Fresh herb leftovers become dried herbs wonder!

Herb dryer Supplies…

  • A tension rod to fit your window
  •  dowels- 1/2 inch- (use as many as you like to fit your window. I used 3. You can have them cut to the size you need at your home improvement center if needed)
  • 2 feet of small chain per dowel
  • S hooks ( 2 per dowel…and 2 for the tension rod) that fit your dowels.

To Do List…

  1. Put up your tension rod. Put it high on your window allowing for your dowels to hang.
  2. Attach your S hooks to each end of the dowels.
  3. Make sure your chain lengths are even.
  4. Attach an S hook and then chain to your tension rod, attach to the dowel, repeat for each row.
I tied up my herbs with bakers twine and tied it to the dowel. I did buy some small clamps from the hardware store to be used on the upper rows. I’m short and don’t relish the idea of standing on a ladder to tie on herbs. Clamps make that a whole lot easier!!
 Isn’t that the coolest!! My kitchen here at the apartment is becoming pretty cute. Small, but cute. Kinda like me (giggle!)

 By the way, I have an uber cool announcement!! Along with contributing at The Shabby Creek Cottage (whom I created this project for) I am so pleased to be the Renter Girl for Remodelaholic. Yep, life is good here at NellieBellie!!





Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Heidi Colton

    January 6, 2014 at 7:57 am

    How clever! I love this idea.

  2. Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly

    January 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Love love love this! What a great idea!

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