DIY Farmhouse Decor: Indoor Galvanized Garden Planters with Bonus Herb Growing Guide

DIY Farmhouse Style Indoor Herb Planters

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Don’t you just love one of the most popular home decor trends right now? Farmhouse decor! I sure do; so I knew I needed to come up with a great way to incorporate it into my spring decor.  That’s where my little planters come into play: farmhouse decor meet spring!

Oh yeah, and on top of that, this is more than just decor, it is also a fully functional little kitchen herb garden. You will have fresh herbs at your finger tips for all your cooking needs! 🙂

These decorative planters are easy to whip up and will add that touch of farmhouse style to your home that you crave! You only need a few materials and a little bit of time. Full instructions are detailed below, so read on!

Materials

-Galvanized metal buckets; recommended dimensions of 4in x 5in
-Chalkboard paint
-Chalk or Chalk Marker
-Masking/ Painting tape
-Herb seedlings or herb seeds and soil
-Drill (optional)
-Foam paintbrush

Instructions for Garden Planters

These garden planters are easy to make and will keep your kitchen herbs looking chic all year long! The first thing you will want to do is decide if you need to put drainage holes in the bottom of your metal container. If you do, then drill a few drainage holes.

galvanized pails

If you do make drainage holes, make sure to place your planters on a saucer of some type to collect any excess water and prevent your window sill or table from getting ruined.

I, personally, do not drill drainage holes in my galvanized farmhouse garden planters.My herbs are in plastic pots that have drainage holes already. I just place those in the planter after I have finished watering and draining my herbs.

If any water collects in the bottom of my planter, I make sure to dump it out to prevent root rot. I check them  frequently.  Check out the member only exclusive, Extensive Guide to Growing Herbs Indoors, for additional information on root rot and how to prevent it.

Once your holes are drilled, or not 🙂 , tape off the area where you want to write the herb name. I choose a simple rectangle. You can use any shape your heart desire’s. It just depends how complicated of a taping project you feel like attacking.

taped galvanized farmhouse style herb planters

Next, using your foam paintbrush, paint the area you have masked off with the chalkboard paint. I like to apply 2 to 3 coats of chalkboard paint to the galvanized farmhouse garden planters. I wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes between each coat.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planter with one coat of paint

Once the paint has dried, carefully peel off the masking tape. It is possible to do this as early as one hour after painting the planters. However, avoid writing on your planters with chalk until fully cured. Usually, 24 hours, but read your paint instructions to be sure.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planter painted

If you feel like skipping the whole painting thing all together, and don’t have the patients for waiting for the paint to dry, alternatively, you could use these chalkboard labels. Just stick them right onto your planters and voila!

I have used the stick on chalk labels for organizing my pantry. All of my baking supplies are in large mason jars with these labels and they work great. They erase well when I want to change the contents in the jar and  are easy to write on.

After the paint is fully cured, write your herb names on the galvanized farmhouse garden planters and pop in your herbs.

finished galvanized farmhouse style herb planters

Aren’t these just darling! I love how simple and chic these turned out. To up the farmhouse decor factor a little more, I keep my planters on the table in this cute little wood tray, lined with galvanized metal.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planters in tray

If growing herbs indoors is new to you, then you should definitely check out my Extensive Guide to Growing Herbs Inside. It outlines everything you need to know from the best location for sun, how to water your herbs, soil selection, and information on how hard various herbs are to grow inside. You can access the member only exclusives by joining the email list.


Anyone can grow herbs, so if you haven’t tried it before, read the guide and then give it a try! I would love to hear all about your growing experiences and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch! Let’s see your spin on how you make these galvanized farmhouse garden planters your own.

finished galvanized farmhouse style herb planters in tray jpg

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25 thoughts on “DIY Farmhouse Decor: Indoor Galvanized Garden Planters with Bonus Herb Growing Guide

  1. These are so awesome! I love the look of them and the way you made the labels. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing on Wine’d Down Wednesday.

  2. These are wonderful! I love to cook with fresh herbs and don’t like the way the plastic pots look. Thanks for sharing your project with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  3. These turned out really great. Galvanized metal is so trendy right now and I love it because it goes with any colour. This is a super little set of planters, very cute and functional.

  4. Jann Olson says:

    Very sweet indoor her garden. I love the addition of the chalkboard paint for labeling. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  5. This is such a great idea. I’ve always wanted an herb garden but I don’t like the idea of constantly having to go outside to get them. Plus it’s nice to have extra greenery in the home and the making of the metal planter is so easy but so cute that I would definitely put this on display in my house!

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