How To Make A Horseshoe-Handled Herb Box
Who would take a friend’s wood scraps from their laundry room makeover? Me, that’s who! I am always looking for materials for low or no-cost projects.
I figured this wood from a house built in the 1940’s was perfect for making a rustic Horseshoe-Handled Herb Box.
My son came over and we got out a hand saw, nails, horseshoes (from a friend who has a horse, of course!) and a Dollar Store foam paint brush and set to work.
We liked the way some of the scraps were already attached together and decided to use a section of this for the base. Next, we measured and cut the ends. Last, the sides were cut to fit. So, your measurements can be made around whatever board or boards you choose to be the bottom. Hand sawing gives a more rustic cut, but an electric saw would be faster.
Next was putting the box together. Nail the sides together first, then nail that top frame onto the bottom boards. If your wood is thinner or more brittle, pre-drilling holes will help keep the wood from splitting. Wood screws could also be used instead of nails. I was using what was on hand.
Here’s a picture of the completed box so you can see how we fit the sides together.
Finally, we attached the horseshoes, one on either end. Because this wood was rather heavy and we planned to carry pots of herbs in it, we cut an extra piece of wood to attach to the inside for reinforcement.
I painted some leftover white house paint on the box and wiped it off for a white-washed look. On the next box, I would do the painting before attaching the handles to make the painting process easier.
Rustic and weathered is just the look I was going for. See for yourself – I think we achieved that! Plus, my son and I had fun working on this together and visiting while we created something from nothing!
This picture is a close-up of the end of the Horseshoe-Handled Herb Box. The horseshoe makes a great handle and adds a country touch.
There’s still plenty of wood left in that scrap box, so we will be making up a few more of these handmade herb boxes together.
Now you know what to do with that left over lumber! Make a Horseshoe-Handled Herb box (or two or three!) of your own! If you don’t have a horsey-friend, Tractor Supply Company has new horseshoes for sale!