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Recycled Rainbow Herb Garden from Tin Cans

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I love crafting straight out of the recycle bin. This Recycled Rainbow Herb Garden takes repurposing vegetable and soup tin cans to the next level to create a bright, colorful (and yummy) addition to your outdoor décor just in time for Spring! This rainbow-inspired project is effortless with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ created for use on exterior craft projects. 

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Recycled Tin Can Rainbow Herb Garden

Recycled Rainbow Herb Garden from Tin Cans by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #herbgarden #rainbow #diy #recycled #craft

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Here's what you need to make a Rainbow Herb Garden:

  • Patio Paint 2oz – Cloud White, Geranium Red, Azalea, Pumpkin, Apple Green, Blue Bahama, Blue Jay, Petunia Purple, Desert Turquoise, Sunshine Yellow
  • DecoArt® Traditions Paintbrush, size 1” Flat
  • Recycled Vegetable and Soup Cans – 9 (all the same size)
  • Variety of Herb Plants – 9
  • Paper Plate or Palette Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Container with Water – to wash paintbrushes
  • Drill with Bit and Driver
  • Exterior Screws
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Here's how to create a Vertical Herb Garden on a Fence:

STEP ONE

To begin the herb garden, remove the labels from the cans, then wash and dry thoroughly. Basecoat each can with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ in Cloud White using a flat paintbrush. Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary.  The white basecoat will allow the bright topcoat colors to really pop! Patio Paint Outdoor has a superior flow and is self-leveling, so it will dry smooth.

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STEP TWO

Once the white basecoat is dry, apply one coat of DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ in different colors on each can. I used Geranium Red, Azalea, Pumpkin, Sunshine Yellow, Apple Green, Blue Bahama, Desert Turquoise, Blue Jay, and Petunia Purple to each a wonderful rainbow! Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Use a paper plate or palette paper to organize the paint colors.

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STEP THREE

Using a drill and drill bit create a hole in the bottom center of each can for drainage. Drill a second hole at the back top edge of each recycled can to hang it.

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STEP FOUR

Attach the recycled cans to the front porch fence using the vertical pickets and the horizontal bracing as guides. Drill a small pilot hole into the wood, then insert an exterior screw into the hole and screw into the wooden fence picket. I did a grid in rainbow order, three cans wide by three cans tall using the colors red through pink.

STEP FIVE

Remove each herb plant from its pot, squeeze the dirt and roots a bit to break them up, and then insert them into each recycled can. Press dirt down to secure the plant.

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Quick and Easy Vertical Herb Garden on a Fence

I love the bright pops of color that the DecoArt® Patio Paint™ adds to this recycle bin project. This herb garden was quick to complete in just about an hour with limited supplies. I cannot wait to pick some fresh basil leaves for my next Caprese salad. What is your favorite herb to cook with? Comment below!

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Create durable outdoor pieces with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ acrylics which are water-based and non-toxic for easy clean-up. Patio Paint Outdoor provides excellent adhesion to exterior surfaces such as concrete, terra cotta, masonry, and wood.  Weather-proof, so no sealer is required for a durable, long-lasting satin finish that will not crack or peel.  Available in 76 vibrant colors, 3 metallics, 5 neon colors, and proudly made in the USA.

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Sprucing up the front porch for Spring is easy with NuFoam Outdoor Cushions from Fairfield World. Click through to see my step-by-step tutorial to sew up these easy custom cushions.

Sew easy outdoor cushions with NuFoam from Fairfield World Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #sewing #quickandeasy #sewpatiocushions

Too busy to make this right now? Pin it for later!  I'd love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

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27 thoughts on “Recycled Rainbow Herb Garden from Tin Cans

  • I loved your bright colors. It is a great solution especially if space is limited, too. My yard is infested with slugs and they devour basil planted in the ground. Growing it in a pot on the side of my house is the ONLY way I have been able to grow it! Yeah, I know putting out saucers of beer for the slugs to drown in works. BUT here, it generally rains the next day; I am left with watered down beer and no dead slugs!

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  • Love the bright colors, Beth! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

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  • That looks so festive and colorful! And handy to have fresh herbs just a few steps away from the kitchen.

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  • I love these. They are so vibrant and practical!

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    • Yes, Christine, I love EVERYTHING rainbow!

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  • This is such a fabulous idea for adding a lovely pop of color to the garden!

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    • YES, Joanne! I love the DecoArt Patio Paint for this project it is so DURABLE!

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  • Absolutely amazing Beth. I have to show this to our daughter as she will absolutely adore it.
    Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 304.

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  • Beth, I absolutely LOVE this! So beautiful.

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    • Thank you SineaMarie! I love recycling ALL THE THINGS!

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  • What a lovely idea, so pretty to brighten up a dull area.

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    • YES, Julie, and the DecoArt Patio Paint is awesomely vibrant!

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  • What a wonderful idea. Love the colorful array of colors and herbs in pots make it so easy to gather up fresh herbs for every meal. Warm regards, Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

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    • Yes, Nancy! I love the bright and vibrant colors of DecoArt Patio Paint that are available for outdoor projects!

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  • This is such a cute and fun idea. My daughter would love to make this craft. Thank you for sharing!

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    • AWESOME, A Crafty Cottage! The fun part is you can use ANY size cans!

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  • What a pretty and perfect idea, especially since Earth Day is this month. Thanks for sharing and featuring when my link party opens.

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    • Thanks a BUNCH, Carol! I’ll be sure to stop by!

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  • I love this! I have only a little bitty yard and have wanted an herb garden. I have an old baker’s rack that needs some love and this is the perfect thing to do…once I’ve painted it! I’m visiting from the Weekend Traffic Jam. You’ll be one of my featured favorites this week!

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    • Thank you Marsha! This herb garden is so versatile!

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  • That is gorgeous! So cheery and uplifting,. really brightens up your garden! #TrafficjamReboot

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    • Thank you Lydia! So quick and easy to make as well!

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  • Beth, these are so cute and colorful. And practical might add.
    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear friend.

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