Make a Colorful Indoor Herb Garden

Make-a-Colorful-Indoor-Herb-Garden-click-through-for-tutorial_Fresh herbs are one of the easiest ways to take your cooking from boring to fine dining. But if you are anything like me, the ones that I buy at the store get forgotten in the back of the fridge and turn into a gross mess.

That is why I am so excited about my new colorful indoor herb garden! Now I can have fresh herbs for every meal, and since they are right out there on the counter and eye-catching colors, there is no way I am forgetting to add them to my next home-cooked meal!

This project is super simple and only requires a little paint, but it’s a project you will be so happy you did because fresh herbs just make everything taste 100% better.Make-a-Colorful-Indoor-Herb-Garden-click-through-for-tutorial_Make-a-Colorful-Indoor-Herb-Garden-click-through-for-tutorial_Make-a-Colorful-Indoor-Herb-Garden-click-through-for-tutorial_Supplies:
IKEA socker plant pot with stand
-spray paint in your choice of colors
-spray shellac sealant
-herbs and potting soil (I planted mint, oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme, and chives.)

Step One: Begin by spray painting the exterior of the pots and letting them dry. Since you will be growing food in these containers, I wouldn’t recommend spraying the inside of the pots. But you could and then just use a plastic liner to keep a barrier between the plant roots and the spray paint.

Step Two: Once the paint is dry, coat the exterior of the pots with spray shellac. This will keep the spray paint from chipping and give the containers and nice glossy appearance.

Step Three: The last step is to assemble the pot stand and plant your herbs with your potting soil.Make-a-Colorful-Indoor-Herb-Garden-click-through-for-tutorial-_4So simple you almost don’t need a tutorial!Make-a-Colorful-Indoor-Herb-Garden-click-through-for-tutorial-_4Now that I have all the fresh herbs I need, I’m off to teach myself a few new recipes! If all this color isn’t your thing, feel free to try something more your taste.

How cute would blush pink pots with gold lettering spelling out the herbs be?! No matter how you customize your indoor herb garden, one thing is for sure, you will have the freshest kitchen on the block! xo. Kara

Credits // Author and Photography: Kara Whitten. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.
  • Please post the colors/brand of spray paint you used. The colors are very cute!

  • Pls help !! I have looked all over IKEA and cannot locate the white pot stand. Pls send me a direct link if possible. . Thank You. Carol

  • Hi Kara Whitten, my name is Shontel and i live in Germany. Thank you for your tutorial, I Love it.
    Please I need your advice, I bought some indoor plants herbs which I place them at my kitchen window. (Chives, Basil, Pastley, Rosemary and Mint)
    But the fact is, this is my forth time now of buying them, and they keep whither away and dies.
    I cut them with scissors , not so deep. I water them occationally.
    Please what am I not doing write to save these herbs lives?
    I really will appreciate your advice.
    Thank you.

  • Looks neat and comfy. Don’t forget to decorate with some silly gnome toys!

  • This looks adorable! If only I didn’t kill every plant I try to grow…

  • Such a cute idea! I love how colorful & simple it is. Now if only I could keep those herbs alive for more than 5 days…. lol!

  • What a great idea! I love the color it adds to a kitchen, while also serving a practical purpose!

  • Really fun but I can’y imagine how you can keep these herbs thriving on the counter…. would need such a sunny widow to thrive/survive don’t you think?

  • Love this! So easy, and the counter-top stand you have is perfect.

  • This is really cute! I guess you can just add paint to anything.

  • Perfect timing! I have this exact planter, but have been using it out on my balcony. I’m about to move to a place without a balcony and wouldn’t have even thought to spruce it up and use it indoors!

  • Kara! I know this isn’t tutorial related, but I love how you painted your step stool! I was just looking at mine last night and thinking it was rather boring. Thanks for the inspo!!

  • Awww this is adorable! It would look good in every kitchen <3

  • Wow, what a great idea!! I’ve honestly never thought about having a fresh herb garden in my kitchen but now I’m wondering why that thought has never even crossed my mind? I especially love how you’ve made it colourful – It makes it stand out and it looks like you’ve spent a lot of money on it. As soon as I get the chance I am making one of these for sure!

    Thank you so much 🙂

    Chloe @

  • This is so cute and simple. Now I wish I’d let my plants live 🙁
    I really need to improve my gardening skills.

  • It looks so much better than before, what a great idea to paint it!

  • Is this really a DIY that just says spray paint pots bought at ikea?

    • Hi Ashley!

      It is a simple DIY, that’s true. I find that sometimes we just need someone to point out something simple that we may have missed on our own. Like how just a little bit of paint and a few herbs can transform something plain into something super cute!

  • i have absolutely no green thumb whatsoever but that stand is about the cutest freaking thing ever!!!!
    it would make great storage for arts and crafts things!!!
    *heads to ikea right after work!”

  • Okay, I love love love this but HOW do you keep them alive? All of the herbs that I’ve tried to grow indoors just wither and die.

    • My advice would be to not over water the herbs so they don’t get soggy roots which will cause them to rot. You also want to cut off the top growth when they grow to 8-12 inches. You can just cut off the tops of most of them (for the basil you want to cut it right above two leaves so that it will bud out from the cut point). You should do this even if you aren’t using the herbs (you can either dry them out or freeze them) to keep them from over crowding the small containers and help them continue to grow.

  • oh I love this,it looks super cute and spring-y,

  • That’s so cute! I’ve always wanted a herb garden and I’m definitely getting one when I get my own house.

  • I absolutely love my herb garden, but it could definitely use some sprucing up! These colors are perfect to mix and match!

  • How cute!!! I love that it doesn’t take up much space, it could totally fit on my counter!


  • Oh, this is the cutest, and looks like a great way to brighten up the home! It’s small too, so it’s possible even in my tiny flat!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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