Have you seen those boxes floating around Pinterest that say “Rosemary,” “Thyme” and “Parsley?” I kinda love them but I haven’t brought myself to go searching for them. But after I painted my kitchen and hung my oh so adorable picture of Dexter the cow on my wall, I realized there was an empty space where my kids’ art table used to be. I figured it would be the perfect place for hanging boxes like those, buuuuut I still wasn’t going searching for them. So I made my own version.
I didn’t really want the herb names on them, but I liked the look and I like groups of three, it’s just my thing (I even have three kids) so I wanted to do three boxes. The boxes being in my kitchen made me want something food related so I thought of “Eat, Drink and Be Merry.” Bazinga! Now I needed the boxes and to figure out how to get the words on them.
I decided to do graduating sizes. The wall where they were going is 27″ wide. I chose to do 10″, 15″ and 20″ wide and 6″, 7″ and 8″ deep. I like to do things like this one at a time to make sure it is all going as planned instead of making all three and then realizing something isn’t going to work out.
First, I cut the pieces of wood and sanded each piece. I like to sand with my Dremel because it doesn’t vibrate my hand off my arm.
You need to cut the front and back piece and then each side piece. Be sure you take into account the width of the front and back pieces when determining the cut of the side pieces. I used pine 1×6 boards for this and a 1/4″ piece of plywood for the bottom of the box. When I cut the bottom piece, I cut it a little shy of the exact measurements of the box because I didn’t want it to be visually prominent from the front.
Once all the pieces were ready to go, I used finishing nails and some wood glue to attach the 4 sides. Here’s a tip: start the nails into the long boards first before you try to balance them on the side pieces.
Get the sides attached and here is where you will be:
Flip it and attach the back piece, then use some screws to attach the bottom piece so that whatever you put in the box doesn’t fall through. That would be unfortunate.
Now that the box is built we have to get the words on it. You could just use stencils and sand a little if you are looking for an aged look and that would probably be the easiest. But sometimes you can’t find stencils in all the fonts you have available on your computer. I ended up using some wax paper and my printer to transfer the image.
But before we move onto that stage, brew some tea and put a teaspoon of white vinegar in it. No, really. You can use it to add a slight color and some age to your wood. Just apply it with a paint brush and let it sit while you get everything else ready.
Put the glue at the tippity top of the paper so that it holds that wax paper while it moves through the printer.
Next, rip off a piece of wax paper and stick it the printer paper. Cut all the excess wax paper off so it is the same size as the printer paper. Now put it into your printer and use your word processing program to type whatever word you want to apply to the wood. Make sure you put the wax paper either up or down based on which way your printer prints. You want the ink to go onto the wax paper.
Now before you print, bring your box and a rag over to your printer. Whatever tea is left sitting on the wood, wipe off. You want it to feel moist but not be wet or the ink will run. Just the slightest level of dampness will help pull the ink into the wood but not make your box look a squid got scared. Now this is really important! Make sure you click the flip button on your print options. You want the mirror image so you can put it on the box. Ok now hit print.
When the wax paper comes out separate it from the white paper so you can see the placement on the box through the wax paper and get it right where you want it. Make sure you put it where you want it the first time, you only get two tries (the first one and then you can try it on the back of the box if things go awry.)
When you put it down you don’t want to slide your hand over the entire thing. You want to go carefully over each letter pushing down, not sliding or it will smudge.
Now all you have to do is hang them up and accessorize. Look for a stud when you are hanging them or use anchors so they don’t fall off the wall.
See how the tea/vinegar mixture adds just the slightest bit of age and makes the nails run just a little. I love it. They are perfectly imperfect, that’s how I like things.
For accessories I added some collectible plates that have a little gold accent. Eat=plates ha ha.
I am a wicked glass jar and bottle hoarder so I used some old soda bottles I had as vases to hold dried hydrangeas from my garden. Get it? “Drink” and I used bottles…see where I am going with this?
And for “Be Merry” I added two things that make me happy to look at. A plant and a ruler that both belonged to my dad. My sister made the ruler into a star for me as a gift after we lost him and I love it. Now it has a wonderful, prominent place to live.
Don’t these boxes fill the space well?
I hope you try this out and make your own version. If you do, I would love to see it so be sure to share.