DIY: Vintage Herb Planter

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I was compensated with free craft supplies for this project. All opinions expressed are my own.

Recently I was feeling very crafty and I had the opportunity to go on a major shopping binge at Michaels Stores. Here it is slightly assembled. Do you see what I see? Pure crafting BLISS.  (and maybe, even a slight sign of SPRING DECORATING).


Now, it was up to me to come up with something interesting for a spring craft for my in-store demo. Because I wanted to give shoppers plenty of ideas and options I came up with two projects.

1) A DIY Herb Planter – I demonstrated specialty painting and distressing techniques, along with several vintage labeling options using chalkboard paint, twine, and Sharpies. I gave attendees choices of each.

2) Burlap Art Silhouettesee my next post for more details.


I changed the orange terra cotta pots as a first step. So I created a variety of watered down paint mixtures and colors that matched my own home.  First I layered on pure white. Then I would mix colors with water.

Like so:


Applying the first layer…very, very watered down.


Apply the paint as sparingly or generously as you wish. Then layering varying degrees of color, but still letting the terra cotta base show through.

NEXT–DISTRESSING: The technique I used was to REMOVE the damp paint as part of the overall distressing.  (Layering paint, then dabbing it off….REPEAT).

See? Almost dripping wet…


 Next…dabbing off the paint with a wet cloth (lots of water used).


Yes, I’m in my robe.

This is what happens after I distressed the first coat of paint. I would repeat this process with a variety of colors. (Paint. Dab off with wet cloth. REPEAT).

Terracotte Pot Whitewashed | by

More information coming on how I distressed the crate itself. But to be honest, much of my craft project was simple assembly of items. Finding items that complemented each other.  This project was so fast and so inexpensive that I decided to pick up a variety of labeling options to show readers what the possibilities were.

Here is one option. Plain labels…with my own handwriting. Along with a wooden “HERBS” sign during the event itself, which was assembled in the unfinished wood section of Michaels (my favorite aisle of the entire store).



Trying out handmade labels…


Later, I got the inspiration to do vintage numbers.


Project #2:  Burlap Canvas Art (see separate post)

For the burlap project, it was simply assembling the items.


Burlap Canvas, Bakers Twine, laser cut wood frame (I love these), Craft Paper, Mod Podge, and my printer. 


See ALL the crafts that were created for this event!

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About Jeanette

A Practical DIY & Home Decor Blog With A Love for All Things Vintage.
I show you how to achieve a home that reflects your own personal style. I love expensive-looking items, but still honor my single Mom budget. I'm drawn to shiny objects...and love to decorate with vintage photos, art deco, vintage travel posters, subtle faux finishes, sports and rock memorabilia. Smart DIY projects that are fun, and give you confidence to say "hmmm...I can do that!"


  1. Love these! Enjoyed getting to know you + your blog from the Pinterest Party!

  2. I LOVE these herb planters! I just made a Michael’s run the other day and was so very happy to see signs of spring. I live in a frozen tundra, aka Minnesota, and spring can’t come soon enough!

  3. This is adorable! Love!

  4. Your herb planter turned out great! I love the distressed terra cotta pots and they way you made the labels. Great project!

  5. This is such a unique project. I love it! We’ve tried an herb planter before, but all of the herbs were in the same pot and separated only slightly. I like that this option keeps everything together but still gives the separation of individual pots. Thanks for sharing!

  6. o my those are lovely! Following you now & found you at Motivation Monday Linky Party #130

  7. Great tutorial! Loving the rustic look. Thank you for the inspiration :)

  8. I like the idea of painting the pots to match your home décor. And I love having a variety of plants in the house, it gives me that little lift I need when it’s bleak and cold outside.

  9. I love the look of this! Super cute idea!

  10. How pretty! I love the weathered pot look, and the whole herb planter turned out great! Just beautiful!

  11. My daughter Hayley made letters like this for her sorority; she would love this.
    Thank you for coming to the Inspire Me Monday Linky party.

  12. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    Thank you for contributing to Motivation Monday!

  13. This is a really cool project. I love growing my own herbs and cooking with them. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

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