Fresh herbs are in abundance at this time of year. Think beyond cooking and garnishes, with these clever ideas!
17 Great Ways To Use Fresh and Dried Herbs! 1 of 18
We love using herbs in cooking, baking and garnishes. But there are so many other inventive ways to use them!
Infuse Your Fruit Pops 2 of 18
The popsicle grows up with this lemonade version, infused with fresh rosemary.
Get the recipe at Babble
Make Minty Ice Cubes 3 of 18
These cubes are so pretty, adding fresh minty flavor to your drink as they melt.
Image and recipe courtesy of 17 Apart
Fold Into Waffles 4 of 18
Waffles take a savory turn with this vegan recipe, for an unusual side dish to serve with lunch or dinner!
Make Savory Waffles at Babble
Adorn a Gift 5 of 18
A few sprigs of fresh herbs are fragrant, pretty and the perfect accompaniment to a simple gift wrap of kraft paper and twine.
Image courtesy of Liya at Crafting a Green World
Make an Easy Hanging Garden 6 of 18
Herbs are easy to grow and take up little room. Make this hanging garden with a tiered basket and some fresh moss - pack with herbs and hang in a sunny spot for fresh herbs right outside your door!
Find out how to make at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
An Even Better Garnish 7 of 18
Fresh herbs are a natural garnish for your savory dishes. These fried sage leaves take it to a whole new level!
Image and recipe courtesy of Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
Make a Soothing Eye Pillow 8 of 18
Herbs like chamomile and lavender are fragrant as well as soothing. This herbal eye pillow would make a lovely gift!
Find out how to make at Green Earth Bazaar
Make a Basting "Brush" 9 of 18
I love this clever basting "brush", which will infuse your grilled dishes with fresh herb flavor. When you're done cooking, snip the herbs to garnish your dish!
Find out how to make at My Chicago Botanic Garden
Make a Decorative Ice Ring 10 of 18
Ice rings keep large batches of punch or sangria cold, without diluting. Make it all sorts of pretty by adding mint leaves and fruit slices to complement the flavors of the beverage.
Make it at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
Spice Up Your Popcorn 11 of 18
Garlic and rosemary infused butter give a savory kick to Plain Jane air popped corn!
Image and recipe courtesy of From the Little Yellow Kitchen
Make an Unusual Centerpiece 12 of 18
A row of herbs in little pots (with a pair of shears for guests to snip and garnish) makes a distinctive centerpiece - and a unique favor too!
Find out more at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
Create a Custom-Blended Soap 13 of 18
These gorgeous DIY soaps combine fresh lemons, basil and mint - what a lovely gift these would be!
Image and recipe courtesy of Sincerely Kinsey
Make Edible "Skewers" 14 of 18
Dip Them in Chocolate! 15 of 18
These chocolate mint leaves would make a beautiful - and delicious - garnish to almost any dessert!
Recipe and instructions on The Shiksa in the Kitchen
Flavor Up Plain Tap Water! 16 of 18
Homemade flavored water - served up in pretty glass bottles - is a lovely alternative to a plastic jug at your table!
Recipe and instructions on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
Create Pretty Place Settings 17 of 18
These charming little wreaths would complement any table setting!
Image and instructions courtesy of Littlest Village
Make Your Own Natural Bug Repellent 18 of 18
Say good-bye to nasty chemicals! Several herbs are known to be natural bug repellents.
Find out how to make your own at Gardenista