Tin Can Herb Planters from Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge

Reroute your tin cans from the recycling bin and upcycle them instead! You’ll channel your inner artist as you use seed packets to transform those cans into pretty planters for fresh herbs.

Materials & Tools

  • Tin Cans
  • Herb plants
  • Seed Packets
  • Decoupage matte adhesive
  • Precision knife
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Marker
  • Paintbrush
  • Potting Soil
  • Nail
  • Hammer


  1. Empty your tin cans and remove all labels and remaining adhesive. Flip the cans upside down and, using a nail and hammer, make at least 5 holes in the bottom of each can for water to drain.
  2. Tear (or cut) the seed packets into small pieces which you’ll combine to cover the cans. Dip your brush in the decoupage and coat small sections of the tin can with glue and then apply the seed package fragments. Apply another coat of decoupage on the outside of the seed packages to seal them.
  3. Once your can is covered, make sure all of the seed package paper fragments have been coated with decoupage on the outside so they are water resistant. After it dries, place a bit of potting soil in the bottom of the can and plant your herb, making sure the plant base is no more than 1 inch below the top of the can.
  4. To create the plant markers, paint the tops of popsicles sticks or dip them in paint.  Once the sticks are dry, you can use a thin marker or stamp to add the name of your herbs. Place inside your planters and you’ll have a handy reminder of what’s growing on your windowsill.

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