If you have a backyard herb garden and try to use your crops as often as possible, but sometimes find yourself not able to harvest them as quickly as you would like, this DIY Tin Can Herb Garden may be just what you need. I had a small herb container garden on the upstairs patio off my kitchen that I had to relocate downstairs because of my mischievous cats. When I found that I wasn’t using my herbs as much as I’d like to because of the trek downstairs and around to the backyard, I came up with this DIY Tin Can Herb Garden.
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- 3 15.8 oz Empty tin cans
- 3 Empty glass bottles (to place inside cans)
- White spray paint
- Chalkboard labels
- Chalkboard pen
- Hot glue gun
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- Clean cans, remove sticky residue from can labels, and dry thoroughly.
- Spray paint cans in a well-ventilated area. After cans are completely dry, spray with a second coat of paint.
- Clean and dry empty glass bottles (I used empty spice bottles). Once cans are dry, attach chalkboard labels and label accordingly with a chalkboard pen.
- Put a dollop of hot glue at the base of the tin can and affix twine there. Hold twine in place lightly for several seconds until secure being careful not to burn yourself on the hot glue. Then wrap the twine around the can about 4 times. Tip: Keep twine taut while wrapping.
- Cut twine at the endpoint and add with a second dollop of hot glue. Repeat this process of attaching twine at the other end of the can and then again with the remaining cans.
- Gather herbs and place them in glass jars filled with about 1” of water.
- Place jars into tin cans and put them in the desired location.
Some herbs do well stored in water at room temperature for several days (like basil or parsley). Others fare better stored in the refrigerator. To display and/or store herbs, simply snip off leaves that would fall below the waterline. Change water after a day or two. Cover herbs loosely with plastic wrap if storing in the refrigerator.
No matter what herbs you use or how you store them, tin cans are easily upcycled into a shabby chic DIY Tin Can Herb Garden that can be positioned in your kitchen or dining room for quick access to favorite herbs and spices.
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.