Up-cycled Herb Basket Planter

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My favorite DIY projects involve up-cycling. DIY-ing is just so much more satisfying when something old becomes something new and beautiful.

I recently received an old picnic basket. Since our house is already filled with loads of super organized baskets, I was hoping to find another use for it.

Fortunately, I’ve also been looking for a fun herb container. This basket arrived at just the right time, lending itself beautifully to this cute herb planter.

Turning an old basket to a planter is easy. It takes just 5 easy steps:

  1. Separate any unwanted basket parts. For my picnic basket, I removed the lid from the basket.
  2. Line the basket with two layers of newspaper up to an inch from the top.
  3. Fill the basket 1/2 full with potting soil.
  4. Plant and arrange herb seedlings as desired.
  5. Fill in and top with potting soil.

Some things to keep in mind:

Be sure to choose herbs that require similar growing environments. All of the plants in my basket require at least 6 hours of sun daily and have similar watering needs. This will make it easy to care for each herb variety in the basket.

Find a convenient place to keep your planter. You want your herbs accessible for both cooking and watering. My herb basket is in a repurposed wheel barrel next to my front door.

What have you up-cycled into a garden planter?

I’ve seen some really creative repurposed planters on Pinterest, my favorite being an old piano filled with bright flowers!

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2 Responses to Up-cycled Herb Basket Planter

  1. Becca says:

    This is a really cute idea. Does the newspaper ever get soggy and stop holding the soil in?

    • brookeO says:

      I haven’t had that problem, but it also sits outside in a very dry climate. I’m planning to rotate plants/planters in fall so I’m not too concerned about that. If you are, you could line the basket with cardboard and then newspaper to fill in any gaps.

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