66 In Spring

Window herb garden in a crate

Hi guys, I’m so happy you’re here today! I’m gonna show you my window herb garden in a crate ! It’s really easy, not that you expect anything else from me, lol, but no, a great quick DIY for anyone! 

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I’m super excited about this little project, not only, because it looks so nice, but also because I solved a few little issues all at once with this! Let me tell ya! 

So not too long ago, remember how I showed you my not so pretty kitchen ? Well, you know how I have that little window in my kitchen, next to the big door, leading to my storage room? It gives me a lot of light, which I love but I have to keep both covered with curtains, because that storage room is not pretty! But I need it and even though I’m not a keeper, there are some things stored in there. So, during the winter months, it’s not an issue, because I have light, white curtains that won’t show what’s behind them but still let light in. Great! Now, with the warmer weather starting, that small window will be open like almost all the time! I like ventilating when I cook, I need air in that kitchen and it’s just perfect because of the small window and that’s what it is there for! If it wasn’t for the uglyness behind it! The boxes and garden stuff are right there and it looks really ugly when you come in my kitchen and the window is open and you see all that! It had bothered me last summer already. But now I’ve found the solution and I’m soooo happy! 

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I’ve had this crate in my fireplace, but since the fireplace is covered up now, I had an idea the other day! I tried to fit the crate into that window seat. See, here, all windows have security bars from the outside, and it happened that the crate fit into that window almost as if it was meant for it! Whooohoo! Love it! I attached it in the back to the bars so it wouldn’t move and be more stable. And now I had my crate to fully decorate! 

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Window herb garden in a crate/kreativk.net

And I knew exactly what was going in there! Yes! Herbs! I love putting fresh herbs in my salads and I love having that smell in the kitchen! And the window is the perfect spot for it! I had tons of empty jars and I painted labels on them with black chalkpaint. 

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Then, off to one of my favourite places, the garden store, and got herbs! I got Oregano, Mint & Rosemary for now, I’d like to add Basil eventually as well, they didn’t have any right now… I asked the lady at the store and she advised me, that if I wanted to plant them into glass jars, to put rocks on the bottom for water drainage, which I did! I’m no expert, so I hope this works! But I’m optimistic!

I labelled the jars with chalk and placed them into my crate. For the hanging ones, I used thick wire and looped it around the top of the jar, and then attached it on the back of the crate and the bars. Perfect!

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This is the closed window version, which is also pretty! But the Best is the open window, it just smells lovely and fresh!!

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Some dried lavender just for the looks…

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Window herb garden in a crate/kreativk.net

I’ve added empty jars to the top…

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I’m so happy I get to have fresh herbs in my kitchen and that I’ll be able to have my window open without seeing the storage area! Win Win!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Have a great Wednesday!

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  • Sara
    17/04/2016 at 07:54

    This is such a great idea! I am getting ready to plant my herb garden and love this! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

    • Katrin
      17/04/2016 at 09:58

      Thanks so much Sara!

  • Beverly
    16/04/2016 at 22:03

    This is such a wonderful idea! It’s not only a lovely decor piece, but so practical! Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    • Katrin
      16/04/2016 at 22:27

      Thank you so much Beverly!!

  • Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance
    15/04/2016 at 06:03

    Hi Katrin! I LOVE your little Herb Garden!! Featuring you tonight @ The What to do Weekends Party!! Come on by and grab a featured button! I’m so glad you’ve joined us, I can’t wait to see what you are up to each week! Pinned and shared!

    • Katrin
      15/04/2016 at 13:34

      Thanks so much for the feature Theresa, I appreciate it! That is awesome! I also wanted to let you know, that i’m hosting together with three other great bloggers a new linky “Sweet Inspiration” going live this afternoon, and I’d be happy to have you join and link up!

  • Domenica
    13/04/2016 at 22:24

    Thanks for sharing over at the DIY Crush Craft Party. What a cute little herb garden! We’ve added this to our Pinterest board. Don’t forget to stop by next Thursday to add your tutorials to our next DIY Crush Craft Party!

    • Katrin
      14/04/2016 at 07:35

      Thank you so much Domenica!

  • Sandra
    13/04/2016 at 13:27

    You found the most perfect and creative solution! I can only imagine how great your kitchen smells and I am so happy that you have no shortage of clever ideas.

    • Katrin
      13/04/2016 at 15:27

      Hahaha, no shortage now, no, not yet anyways…Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Lela
    12/04/2016 at 20:22

    This is great! I’ve been wanting to do an herb garden in jars for a while now and I haven’t been able to nail down the logistics of it yet. You have definitely helped me figure it out. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

    • Katrin
      12/04/2016 at 23:05

      Thanks! I’m happy I could inspire you a bit here! Thanks for stopping by Lela!

  • Jenny @ Refresh Living
    12/04/2016 at 02:12

    This is adorable! I love that you decided to put them in the crate. I’ve been growing herbs in glass jars with rocks on the bottom and they’re doing great – so I think the garden lady was right!!

    • Katrin
      12/04/2016 at 10:35

      Oh, that’s great to hear Jenny, yes, so far they are doing fine 😉 I am pretty happy with having herbs inside that window now! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nikki
    12/04/2016 at 01:07

    What a great solution. That is an awesome window to have for sunshine and a great Breeze into the kitchen. But I would feel the same way about having my storage area behind the window. The crate absolutely solves all the issues, and I love The Rustic twist that it gives to your kitchen decor. I wanted to figure out how I can have herbs in my window, I wasn’t sure what to plant them in, these jars look great. Thanks for the idea, I love it.

    • Katrin
      12/04/2016 at 10:06

      Nikki, I’m so happy with this solution! Little things like this make me jump up and down, lol, I don’t have to see all the storage, not that it is a lot, but it looks prettier now! And having the herbs right there is really a great thing! Thank you my friend!

  • Amberjane
    11/04/2016 at 21:59

    What a clever idea and I love growing herbs too – thank you for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

    • Katrin
      12/04/2016 at 07:31

      Thank you so much Amberjane!

  • Tracey Lee @ Mia Bella Passions
    11/04/2016 at 20:43

    Oh My GOSH Katrin – I LOVE what you have done with the herbs. Rustic but pretty. Pinned and saved. 🙂

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 22:22

      Hi Tracey Lee, Thank so so much, I appreciate it and am so happy you like it! 🙂

  • Angie @ Knick of Time
    11/04/2016 at 08:36

    This is brilliant! I love that it hides the security bars from inside the window, and gives you wonderful herbs at the same time!

    Thanks for linking up at Talk of the Town – I pinned it on the Knick of Time party board and am giving you a shout-out on Facebook!

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 11:06

      Thanks so much Angie! I appreciate it! yes, fresh herbs are the BEST!

  • Emma Ballet
    11/04/2016 at 06:13

    A lovely DIY. Love this creative herb garden. Such a great way to have fresh herbs in the house!

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 11:03

      Yes, I love having fresh herbs handy! Thanks so much Emma!

  • Lacie
    11/04/2016 at 04:55

    Hi Katrin! I love your herb garden in a jar! I’m an SAHM too! I must say I love how your blog theme looks! If you ever want to talk blogging, please hit me up! I’m on WordPress too and I’m doing everything I can to not spend a dime and make some money. I would love to chat with you! Thank you for linking up at Funtastic Friday!

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 11:02

      Hi Lacie, Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind compliment!! Yes, I hear ya, trying to get things going here, i’m pretty new to blogging and there’s sooo much to learn, uff! But in a good way!

  • Winnie
    10/04/2016 at 22:10

    I like it 🙂
    I learned from my Mom to grow my own herbs

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 10:56

      That’s awesome Winnie! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    10/04/2016 at 06:18

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    • Katrin
      10/04/2016 at 09:55

      Thank you Theresa! yes, I’m quite happy to have the herbs in here now! 🙂

  • Wanda @ From House To Home
    09/04/2016 at 17:55

    I love this idea, Katrin! Such a creative way to have fresh herbs in the house!

    • Katrin
      09/04/2016 at 18:58

      Thank you so much Wanda! I really like having them right in the kitchen window!

  • Ellen
    09/04/2016 at 17:37

    Hi Katrin! Love this creative herb garden. I am new to your blog and just signed up after reading the new Link party. I am sure you will get many new followers to your lovely blog.

    • Katrin
      09/04/2016 at 19:01

      Welcome Ellen! Thank you for signing up ~ that’s awesome! The herb garden is quite cool to have right there in the kitchen where I need it! And the new Linky is sure fun and I’m thrilled it’s going well! Have a great weekend!:)

  • Michelle
    09/04/2016 at 10:19

    Absolute winner, love what you did. Creative, functional and gorgeous all in one.

    • Katrin
      09/04/2016 at 11:56

      Thanks so much Michelle!!! I appreciate it!

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    Katrin, you win the award for simple brilliant projects!!! Always amazing…Love, love, love!!!!

    • Katrin
      08/04/2016 at 22:38

      Aww, Michelle, thanks so much you’re so sweet!

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    A lovely DIY, something pretty to look at and a constant supply of fresh herbs – you did well.

    • Katrin
      08/04/2016 at 20:23

      Thanks so much Amalia, I’m so happy you like this!!!

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    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 18:37

      Hahaha, yes, I know, we have two bunnies outside and they would otherwise totally go for these yummy herbs!!! I’m happy you got inspired Nicole! Thanks for stopping by!!!

  • Karyl Henry
    07/04/2016 at 17:28

    I love this! Such a great way to make use of window space, and save counter or floor space. Really creative

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 18:35

      Thanks so much Karyl! Yes for sure! I had that space unused so far!!!

  • Tianna
    07/04/2016 at 16:52

    super cute idea! I love how yours came out. I’ve been growing salad greens and I definitely want to start growing some mint and cilantro! thanks for these ideas:)

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 18:34

      Hi Tianna! That’s awesome! I’d love to be able to grow salad greens, how ever I think this is how far my skills go right now! Thanks for stopping by!!!

  • Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air
    07/04/2016 at 15:15

    Hi nice to meet you, love the window crate garden, Also did a window garden using an old shelf yesterday. It will be nice able to cut herbs when you need them for cooking right at your fingertips! What a great way to block out unpleasant scenery. Happy gardening! Lisa @ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 16:02

      Hi Lisa! Yes, absolutely! I love having everything right there and not having to go outside looking for the herbs. It’s way more convenient! Thanks for the visit!!!

  • Keri
    07/04/2016 at 04:48

    Katrin, I’m so glad that you found a lovely and useful solution for your door to the storage room!! I love your jars!! So cool to label them!! I love your solution and you have inspired me to think where I can do something similar in my kitchen, so thank you very much!!!! 🙂

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 14:53

      Thanks so much Keri! I’m happy you got inspired with this, I’m sure you’ll come up with a great idea!!

  • Kimberley
    07/04/2016 at 04:05

    Hi Katrin,
    I love this, what a great way to use that crate, and I love how rustic it is!
    A perfect sunny spot for your pretty herb jars!
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 14:49

      Kimberley, Thank you very much! The spot is great because it’s not in the heat but still bright and sunny! Have a great week as well!

  • Marjan
    07/04/2016 at 01:41

    I love the way how you solved this window problem, I think it looks fantastic! I found your blog through Creative spark.

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 14:44

      Thank you very much Marjan! I’m quite happy with having the herbs right there!!!

  • sherry
    07/04/2016 at 01:13

    Katrin, I am with you. If I see something that bothers me, I have to cover it up. Your herbs are a perfect solution. Great job!

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 14:41

      I know, hey, this was bothering me for so long til the lightbulb moment came! Thank you Sherry!

  • Lynn
    06/04/2016 at 18:49

    That the box fit so perfectly in the window is nothing less than Kismet! I love when something like that happens…it was surely meant to be. And I bet you get some lovely herb-filled breezes coming through. I’ve got to be honest, this is one of my all time favorite of all of your kreations! It filled a need and did it beautifully! There just are not enough words to tell you how fantastic this is!
    Well done my friend!

    Hugs, Lynn

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 14:31

      LOL, yes you could probably see the lightbulb above my head, when I took the crate out of my fireplace and got this idea! I love when that happens, this was sure meant to be! Yes, the breezes are amazing!!! Thanks so much Lynn, you’re so sweet to say that! I’m quite happy I solved this issue so easily!!! Happy Thursday!!

  • Cathy Lawdanski
    06/04/2016 at 12:44

    I am always looking for a way to grow fresh herbs & I really want them in the kitchen close to where I cook. Love the idea of the glass jars!

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 14:23

      Yes, Cathy, exactly! That’s what I like, I like them close by where I need them!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    06/04/2016 at 08:53

    You are so clever Katrin! You did solve your problem and in a beautiful way. There is nothing better than greenery to make the heart happy and in this case, it is practical and useful. I’m also a basil fanatic. I have pots and pots of it on the balcony in the summer. It also helps that it’s had to kill…lol Practical and beautiful, indeed a win-win!!

    • Katrin
      07/04/2016 at 14:22

      Thank you so much Mary! I’m really hoping to add basil, I just love it!!! And the smell….ahhhh!