DIY Herb Garden

Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

It’s that time of year when you crave to get out in the garden and get dirty. Or at least I do! Love me some awesome succulents but this DIY is all about herbs and edible greens. There are so many secondhand treasures you can score at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store that have the potential to be the perfect home for a herb garden.


  • secondhand treasure ideally with drainage
  • potted herbs or seeds
  •  soil
  •  rocks - for a planter with no drainage
  •  twine, jute or any other cord (optional)
  •  brass or wooden ring (optional)
  •  beads (optional)
  •  garden markers - you can easily make your own (optional)

First step is to scour your local Salvation Army Thrift Store for something that could work as a swanky home for herbs. You may be able to find an actual planter but sometimes it’s fun to get creative and find something extraordinary. For this DIY I found this set of metal grater parts. 

Next up is picking up your herbs. I grabbed some basil, rosemary, mint and chives from my local nursery. Plus some soil! Feel free to get seeds if you prefer.

The metal grater pieces were the perfect size for repurposing into planters. And they had great drainage! Just in case I placed rocks in the bottom. Then added soil.

Note: you can always pick up a herb that has a cardboard insert or make your own if you want using burlap or coconut husk.

Once your planter is ready to go, now you break off one of the pieces of your herb. Only do this if you herb is larger than the planter. Also break them up by groupings.

After inserting your herb then fill the planter up with soil.

Now you’re ready to create your hanger. In one case I used coloured strips of suede to hang a couple of my DIY planters.

Or you can do some simple macrame to create a hanger and even use a brass ring for the top.

Another way to funk up your herb garden is by adding markers. I used some old magnetic lettering I had to add a ‘B’ for basil to one planter. I then used a dollar store find and an oil based Sharpie for my mint marker. You can use wine corks and a skewer or stick-on markers. 

And if you decide to go for an even simpler herb garden pick up a bowl or teapot from your local Salvation Army Thrift Store as your base. The possibilities are endless! And so much fun!

And that’s it! So worth getting dirty for… Just the smell alone was amazing and now I’m ramped up for summer cooking.