DIY Kitchen Herb Garden Gift Idea

I absolutely love having fresh herbs to cook with. Typically, I grown them in large containers outside and on the porch. It’s nice though to have a some smaller plants in the kitchen, the ones that get used a lot like basil, oregano and parsley to name a few.

This DIY Kitchen Herb Garden is a great upcycled gardening project. Plus, it would be a sweet Mother's Day gift!

Do you have a Mother’s Day gift picked out? Does you mom love to cook? I think this DIY kitchen herb garden is a great Mother’s Day gift idea.

After spending a small fortune on large planting containers a couple of weeks ago, I knew I wanted to something more economical for this kitchen herb garden. My Mom had the brilliant idea of painting some soup cans. I love her for that! It’s great when you can upcycle something and it turns out incredibly cute.

This DIY Kitchen Herb Garden is a great upcycled gardening project. Plus, it would be a sweet Mother's Day gift!

How to Make Your Own DIY Kitchen Herb Garden

What you will need:
soup cans
craft paint
paint brushes
adhesive chalkboard labels
white chalk marker
small rocks or pebbles
potting mix
starter herb plants

This DIY Kitchen Herb Garden is a great upcycled gardening project. Plus, it would be a sweet Mother's Day gift!

First, wash and dry your empty tin cans, and paint them. My mom painted our cans with Anne Sloan Chalk Paints in the colors Versailles and Provence. Any chalky or acrylic craft paint will work. I personally love the chalk paints, because they go on so smooth and creamy and you usually only need one coat. Foam brushes are perfect for painting your cans. Let the cans dry completely.

This DIY Kitchen Herb Garden is a great upcycled gardening project. Plus, it would be a sweet Mother's Day gift!

Get your labels ready. I used these adhesive chalkboard labels made by Crafty Croc, but any adhesive labels will do. I also used a Crafty Croc white chalk marker. BTW… those are my affiliate links. Let these dry while you do your planting.

This DIY Kitchen Herb Garden is a great upcycled gardening project. Plus, it would be a sweet Mother's Day gift!

Place a handful of rocks in the bottom of each tin can. This will allow for drainage.

Add a small scoop of dirt. You won’t need much, because the plants already come with dirt. Use your best judgement on this. Carefully, place the plant into the can and top off with additional soil if necessary. After you are finished with all of your planting, be sure to water them.

This DIY Kitchen Herb Garden is a great upcycled gardening project. Plus, it would be a sweet Mother's Day gift!

Wipe off any dirt from the cans with a cloth and add your labels.

I have to admit that I’m kinda loving how these turned out. About the plants, if you have time, you could easily grow your own herbs from seed. However, if you are in a time crunch or are just impatient like me, small starter plants from the garden center work great.

This DIY Kitchen Herb Garden is a great upcycled gardening project. Plus, it would be a sweet Mother's Day gift!

If these herbs are snipped and used frequently, you should be able to keep them in the cans for a long while. However, there may come a time when you will need to find them a new home out in your garden. If that happens, just start some new ones!

Do you know someone who would enjoy getting this as a Mother’s Day gift?

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Comments

  1. says

    I am SO in love with this idea! We are looking for ways to add some bright pops of color to our kitchen and this herb garden would serve that purchase and more.

  2. says

    This would be a fabulous Earth Day project to make with my kids this week. I love the look of the soup cans, but knowing they’re reused makes it even better.

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I have been wanting to grow my own herbs and save money! Also, I love the cute cans you painted and used.

  4. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    Not as a gift, but I am planning to create my own herb garden this year – just trying to work out the details! I didn’t realize that the rocks would allow for drainage in a closed container, awesome!

  5. says

    They look lovely, perfect for the kitchen window sill or just by the back door. I love the chalkboard stickers you used, perfect for this.

  6. says

    These are so cute! I have been wanting to plant some herbs, and this idea will get me started. I love the use of the cans, painting them, and the labels. Can’t wait to get started. Thanks!

  7. says

    This is a cute way to grow some herbs in the window. I love the pretty colors and the chalkboard labels. I need to start growing my own and drying them for myself instead of buying. Pinning and sharing, Thanks!

  8. Tamra Phelps says

    I love this idea! I wouldn’t be doing it as a gift, though. I want to do it for myself, lol!

  9. Fee Roberts says

    These are adorable. I love growing my own herbs, though I’ve never thought about giving herbs as gifts. Thanks for the idea.

  10. gaa says

    \ want to grow my own herbs, instead of running between different shops looking fir the fresh herbs I need, buying them in a pack, using only a portion of it and letting the rest rot away.

    Thing is, I’m wondering, can I grow them like that in the middle of a large city? Won’t they get all the pollution and all? Will they be safe to eat?

  11. sheila ressel says

    This is such a wonderful idea. I am going to start saving cans now so I can make this for my mom and my sister for their respective birthdays. I know they will love it!

  12. says

    It’s exactly what I needed for my mother’s birthday! She loves herbs, but she doesn’t have a garden, so that was my idea for a gift. I’m making a little kitchen garden for her and for myself this weekend. I’m sure she’ll definitely appreciate it. Thank you for the hints!

  13. Leigh Anne Borders says

    I really love this idea. I have recently started doing more cooking and really thought about having my own herbs but I am not much of a gardener. This looks like such an easy and cute way to grow my own.

  14. Kimberly M. says

    These are such cute practical gifts. I know so many people that would appreciate and love them. Thank you for posting.

  15. Lisa Brown says

    It;s a great idea. We have so many on those tin cans to recycle, it’s nice to know they can be reused for something very useful.

  16. Amy Orvin says

    These herb pots are so cute and look so easy to make. My mom would really love some to put in her kitchen window. This is a craft we could both do together. Thank you!

  17. lorencia mccullum says

    This is such a cute and easy way to start learning how to grow your own herb. IM going to do this with my 3 precious little girls who I know would love to do this. Also we would be recycling our cans. so this is a win win in my book.

  18. says

    I love this post! My daughter just purchased a house and because of all we are doing to remodel we decided on no Christmas presents. Little does she know Mom just can’t do that and this is a fantastic idea! Thank you!

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