Craft Lightning: Simple Herb Garden

May 14, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

Welcome to the Better Half as we join in the Craft Lightning fun by making a super quick and simple herb garden! If you love crafts but don’t have a ton of time, also be sure to check out more of our fabulous 5 Minutes or Less Crafts, like easy succulent gardens and apothecary jars.

Craft Lightning Herb Garden - OPC The Better Half

I’ve been toying with the idea of a herb garden for a while. Ethan built a planter and herb garden for my mom last year and I have been itching for my own ever since. But, we’ve been so busy with other projects, I didn’t have the time to build another one.

Fortunately, I was shopping at Walmart (buying crap I don’t need) and found this set of three pots in a metal tray for $10! Super cute and a great price! I found them in the craft isle, surprisingly.

Walmart Planter - OPC The Better Half

I also picked up some herbs for around $3 each. I thought I was buying basil, mint, and rosemary but realized when I was plating them that I bought cilantro instead of basil. oops. lol!

Herbs -  OPC The Better Half

Once home, I busted out my handy-dandy Silhouette, and whipped out some labels on orange vinyl.

Silhouette Settings - OPC The Better Half

Once I peeled off the excess vinyl, I placed packing tape over the letters. Who needs expensive transfer paper when you have packing tape!?

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Packing Tape - OPC The Better Half

Packing tape on vinyl letters - OPC The Better Half

I then removed the packing tape from the backing and the vinyl comes off easily. I centered the words on the tins, pressed firmly, then removed the tape!

Remove packing tape - OPC The Better Half

vinyl on tin planters - OPC The Better Half

Finally, I took it all outside and planted the herbs! woo hoo!

Planting Herbs - OPC The Better Half

And finally, done! I’m hoping herbs aren’t that much work – I oscillate between never water my plants and watering them too much. Hopefully I don’t treat Ethan that way. lol.

So, how knows lots about gardening (because I am seriously just winging it)? Where is the best place for my herbs? I will like to keep them inside but all my windows ha UV protectant on them and I forget to take care of them if I put them outside. HELP!

Simple Herb Garden - OPC The Better Half

Be sure to follow along with all the other fun Craft Lighting Projects this month and thanks to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minutes Crafts for letting me join in on the fun!

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18 Responses
  1. OurPinterestingFamily says:

    What a beautiful herb garden! I love the packing tape tip! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I love herbs, I have them in my garden and use them frequently. You did a nice job with the planters, love the orange!

  3. Love the metal pails, the orange labels … need this (and a green thumb) STAT! Pinned, too!

  4. Gwen says:

    I NEED to get some herbs! I can keep them alive for a little while… long enough to get some use out of them and feel as if I’ve not wasted my money.

    I avoid Wal-Mart at all costs b/c I always buy a ton of crap I don’t need, sistah!!!

  5. JustME says:

    I have always wanted an herb garden I have a very old yellow triple TW herb planter, but have never planted herbs and here you’ve not only planted them be added their names to the pots. How cute! One of these days I need to purchase a Silhouette.

  6. Amy Renea says:

    Love simple projects like these! So chic!

  7. poiboybf says:

    Very nice! My mom got a Silhouette for Xmas last year, and I have been dying to try it on something. We also usually do a small herb garden like yours. The mint is my favorite. I generally grab a couple leaves on my way out the door in the morning.

  8. As an alternative method you can always paint your item a base coat color, place your letters, paint the top coat of a different colors, and then peel the letters after the paint has dried. You’ll be left with base coat color in the shape of the letters. My wife uses this method all the time so she can distress the items after painting.

  9. Brady says:

    Herbs want lots of sunlight (6+ hours a day) and typically have low water requirements, so make sure the pots have holes in the bottom because they can get root rot fairly easily. Also, the rosemary will get huge. I have some in my garden and it is taking over. There’s no way to consume it fast enought. That leads to a new craft idea. You can go to World Market and buy olive oil dispenser jars (with the spout on top) in packs of two. You drop a long sprig of rosemary in the bottle and fill it up. After about a month, the oil tastes great!

    • Jocie says:

      What a great idea about the rosemary, Brady! I’m totally going to try that! 🙂

      • JustME says:

        Oh I have to try this too since I only use olive oil as a salad dressing. I normally put garlic in it, but I bet this would be yummy too. Thanks Brady.

  10. katieQ says:

    The mini herb garden is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Winnie says:

    I love herbs, especially basil, but I don’t have a garden. I’d like to try planting in pots and grow them inside, near a large sunny window

  12. blynn says:

    So I think I really need a Silhouette. I even have a heat press so having something to cut neat vinyl shapes would be awesome. Currently my heat press sits neglected in the basement so if you ever want to borrow it, you are more than welcome.

  13. supimeister says:

    ohhh my. this is definitely going to re-spark my wife’s desire for an herb garden!

  14. HANDYMAN51 says:

    Fool-proof method to determine if potted plants need watering: Set a kitchen timer for one hour. When it rings, check need for re-watering. Set the timer again for one hour. Repeat until harvest. ( @ Jeff- my wife distresses me BEFORE painting, but her projects always turn out well!)

  15. miah says:

    Great idea, thanks!

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