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If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll already know that there’s not much I love more than a good power tool! So, when Bosch Home & Garden got in touch to see if we’d be interested in trying out a few of their cord-free tools and building one of the fun projects they have on their website we, of course, jumped at the chance!
There are so many amazing projects to choose from that it was really difficult to decide on just one! You can check out all of the amazing Bosch projects here!
(Psst… Jan and I couldn’t agree on just one project so will be building some more over the next few months!)
So, which of their fun projects did we finally agree on? We built this fun DIY hanging herb garden!
For us, the best thing about DIY is that you can personalise and adapt things to suit your space which is why we slightly modified the original Bosch tutorial so that the DIY hanging herb garden fits perfectly in our kitchen.
This is a really easy and quick project to build and it’s perfect if you have limited space to grow your own herbs!
If you’d like to make your own DIY hanging herb garden, this is what you will need:
- Timber board 1200 x 180 x 18mm
- Wire & cable clamps or thick cord (which is what we used)
- Plant pots (we used these ones from Ikea)
- Plants or Herbs
This is how to make a DIY hanging herb garden:
1. Measure & Mark
Start by measuring and marking where you have to cut and drill. These are the measurements we used.
Mark the centre of each of the holes you’ll be cutting out and use a compass to draw a circle with a 10cm diameter around each of the centre marks.
You’ll also have to make a mark roughly 2cm in from each of the corners of the board. This is where you’ll later be drilling holes to be able to hang up the herb garden.
2. Drill & Cut
Doublecheck your measurements and then drill a hole into the 4 corners of the board. We predrilled the holes with a 4mm wood drill bit and then used a 10mm drill bit to make the hole slightly larger.
You’ll also have to drill a hole into each of the circles you’ve drawn. This is so that you can insert the jigsaw blade. All in all, you should have drilled nine holes – four to hang up your shelf and one in each circle that you’ll be cutting out (assuming you’re using five plant pots as we did).
Next, insert the jigsaw blade into your first hole and cut out your circle. Cutting out circles can be tricky so take your time and try to follow the line exactly. Using the Bosch cordless jigsaw made cutting out the holes really easy and it was great not to have to worry about cutting through a cable!
As you can see, some of the holes we cut out aren’t perfect but it’s nothing to worry about as the plant pots will hide small imperfections.
When you’ve cut out all of the circles give the whole board a sand to remove any sharp edges and make sure that it’s lovely and smooth. You don’t want to risk getting a splinter when you’re watering your plants!
Your DIY hanging herb garden is almost complete – all that’s left to do is hang it from your ceiling.
For this, you will have to drill 4 holes into the ceiling and attach a hook into each of them. The type of wall plug you need to use for your hooks will depend on your type of ceiling.
As the hooks in the ceiling have to line up with the holes that you drilled in the corner of the boards, we used the board as a template by holding it against the ceiling and marking the exact positions of the holes we’d already drilled into it.
Bosch recommends hanging the rack with some wire (which is probably a good idea) but we decided to use some thick colourful cord instead.
Just thread the cord through each of the holes in the corners of the board and tie a loop at each end. Then just push each loop over one of the hooks in your ceiling.
5. Add Plants & Enjoy!
All that’s left to do is add your herbs and your new DIY hanging herb garden is complete.
We love how the DIY hanging herb garden turned out. In fact, we love it so much that we decided to make a couple more of them and now have a hanging herb garden wall!
As fun as this project looks and was to build it has another bonus that you can’t see. It smells amazing! Now, all we have to do is remember to water our new plants which is definitely going to be harder than building the herb garden!
In case you’re wondering which plant’s we now have, here’s what we planted. Bottom row: Coriander, bush basil, chillies, woodruff, sage; Middle row: Lavender, mojito mint, kaffir lime, thyme, basil; Top row: new guinea Impatiens, jasmine, a plant I can’t remember the name of as we’ve had it a while, chives & sage.
Don’t forget to head over to the Bosch website for lots more inspiration and creative DIY ideas!
Let me know what you think of this DIY hanging herb garden in the comments below! Do you also struggle to remember to water your plants? Do you have any favourite plants or herbs?