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Inspire me DIY: Grow Your Own Herbs in a Can

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Monday friends!
If you follow me on Instagram (@colletteosuna) you already know that myself & nine other bloggers (<—–crazy talented by the way)
are participating in an Inspire Me DIY challenge hosted by the super sweet Kennesha of Restoration House.
Kennesha challenged us to show you how we Do it Yourself & hopefully inspire YOU to cross some projects off your own “to do lists”.
We want you to love your home right where it is, but with a little DIY upgrading.
Everyone has been hard at work on our projects, and today is the big reveal day!
Be sure to check out the other blogger links at the bottom of this post to peek at what they have been up to, & search the hashtag #inspiremediy to follow along for great inspiration on Instagram.
We can’t wait to see what YOU do!

I had a few DIY ideas that I considered for this challenge & finally decided on these fun “grow your own herbs in a can”.
The main reason being that I already had everything in my home to complete this project except the actual herbs, (I bet you do too) and of course they are super cute!

The inspiration for my DIY project came from these herb cans that I’ve walked by a gazillion times at Michaels’.  
I’ve seen photos of the store version flying around Instagram by others who love them as much as I do.

I thought they were adorable, but there was no way in you know where,  I was paying $14.99 for EACH can. They are super cute, but I just couldn’t see spending $45.00 on three cans of fake herbs.

I knew I could do a little better…..and for under $10.00, I was able to create my own knock off version with fresh herbs that I can use for cooking!

Supplies You Need:
Three tin cans from canned goods. I used tomatoes that I already had for .69 cents each
Spray paint in your choice of color. I used hammered copper paint that I got for FREE at Home Depot! My Home Depot store gives away free spray paint, you just have to ask if they have any at the paint counter. Very cool!
Twine (to thread the tag through and tie around the can)
Cardboard stars (or any other shape). I picked up mine at Michaels’ for under $1.00 using a 40% off coupon
Black Sharpie (for writing  herb names on the tag)
Black construction paper (cut into 3″ strips to wrap around the can)
Clear Tape (to hold the black construction paper in place on the can)
Three herbs of your choice (I used Dill, Parsley & Basil because we “rock out” these herbs at our house!)
This super easy DIY starts off with choosing your can size. I used 14.5 ounce cans, but you can use larger cans, depending on the herb size you want to grow. I removed the labels from the cans, washed the insides thoroughly, & soaked off any remaining label glue in hot water.
I turned the cans upside down and gave them a quick coat of Rustoleum Hammered Copper spray paint. Remember to stand about a foot away from the cans using quick, even strokes. After the paint dried overnight, I flipped them right side up & applied another coat of spray paint, being sure to paint the very top of the can rim and about 1/4″ inside the can.
In order to give my cans a more “authentic look” of the Michaels’ version, I cut black construction paper into 3″ strips & wrapped it around the center of each can. Use clear tape to secure it to the back of the can.
I labeled my star tags using a black Sharpie marker & threaded each one through a cut piece of twine, about 24″ long.
Holding the tag on the front of the can, wrap the twine around two times, and finish off  with a bow.
Finally, carefully remove your herbs from their containers & place gently inside each can.
I was able to find my herbs at a local garden center this weekend for the great price of $2.29 each!
There you have it…..a super simple DIY that anyone can do!
I really love how my herb cans turned out & I can’t wait to start using the fresh herbs in my Summer grilling recipes!


  1. Oh I absolutely love the blog design. The header is gorgeous! The design feels fresh and fab! Of course, you already know I love the great DIY! xo

    1. Thank you soooo much Stacey! I'm so in love with this just feels more like "me" :)

  2. These are awesome, Collette! I saw them at Michaels too and there was no way I could spend that $$ on them! I'll have to make some :)
    Kendra @

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