I’ve come across these vintage style nesting herb crates several times and thought they were cute, but didn’t think I had any need for them.  Until, that is, I saw how Kris from Driven by Decor used hers to hold table items.  Wall decor that is both decorative AND functional?!  I’m in!!  I went online that day and bought mine from Decor Steals, but I see that they are now sold out again.  :(

Vintage Herb Nesting Crates


I couldn’t wait for these to arrive so that I could hang them up and put them to good use.  Believe it or not, but this little sliver of wall {and a matching sliver on the other side of the room} is all that I have in the kitchen, so the crates are nested in between my patio door and the opening to our family room.  {Now that I think about it, for those of you who like to understand a home’s layout, this picture shows how my kitchen runs parallel to my family room but is four steps higher.}


The Parsley crate is holding our salt and pepper shakers and I intentionally put them just high enough so that they are out of reach of our little one.



The Sage crate has a small mason jar with extra spoons and forks.  Somehow it seems like one always gets dropped on the floor during meals and we need an extra!  It is also holding our awesomely fancy everyday paper napkins.  :)  I’d love to tell you that we dine with beautiful linen napkins with ruffled edges, but that just wouldn’t be true!  Except for holidays or parties, we are a paper napkin kind of family.



I added some faux hydrangeas to the Rosemary crate because I always like to add something organic to the mix to soften the look.  And yes, I realize that silk flowers are technically not organic, but I can’t keep cut hydrangeas alive for the life of me so I’ve given up!  I’ll change these out for something different as the year goes on.  I think it would look great with some Baby Boo pumpkins!



The Thyme crate holds something extra special – cute navy ticking striped placemats that my mom made for me!  We don’t have a convenient place to store placemats and so it’s nice to have them located right next to the table in a spot where they are visible.



And while we’re on the subject of the placemats, I love how they look with my other tableware!




It’s sometimes hard to find things that are functional but still look good, so I love when I get the best of both worlds.



Have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. Sue Shafer says:

    How did you put the hooks on the boxes? I love the idea.

  2. Love how they look – you had the perfect spot for them! Such a great idea to add the mason jar with the extra silverware. So glad they worked out for you!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thanks so much for the inspiration, Kris!! :)

  3. Great use of a small space! I love what you did with the crates, helping to keep things organized and pretty too! Blessings, Cindy

  4. Hi Kim. These looks so great how you have used them and what fun to change up for different times. Funny story: I’m so glad to see your post because I had seen these boxes before on a blog and then couldn’t remember where, but I knew that I loved them so when I saw them come up on Decor Steals, I snapped up a set. Well, when they came I was so disappointed because I thought I had seen them as hooking together, one under the other, (wouldn’t that be cute) but not so and I was kind of disappointed. So glad you came along because now I know why they caught my eye in the first place..Happy Weekend..Judy

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Judy – Funny you should say that! I contemplated hooking mine together but then decided that since I didn’t screw them into a stud, the weight placed on the top hook with all the others hanging from it would be too much for my wallboard to take and would come crashing down! If the top one was anchored securely, though, it seems like you could hook them together, don’t you think? I was originally thinking I’d use an eye hook screwed into the bottom of each for the other to hang from.

      What did you end up doing with yours??

  5. I was wondering which faux hydrangeas you would suggest. Have you ever bought the ones on Decor Steals?

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Natalie – I’ve never bought any online….I think because I like to see them in person to decide how realistic they look. My current favorite ones are from Richards. I did see the ones from Decor Steals, though, and they look beautiful in the pictures. If you decide to buy them, please let me know your thoughts!

  6. Kim,
    These look great where you’ve hung them. I’ve seen them before but do not have even a sliver of wall space in my kitchen. I know that sounds impossible but one wall has a bay window and the other has counter to ceiling cabinets. We have a very small, but pretty functional kitchen!
    By the way, did you post about the table arrangement yet? :-) Which vote helped the decision?

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