DIY Indoor Herb Garden

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Everything you need to know to create a DIY indoor herb garden! We used food cans and our charming labels to ensure we’ll have fresh herbs to cook with all year long.

We’re sharing all the details to make the best indoor herb garden kit, along with free printable labels!

DIY herb garden in tin cans with text overlay.

You can have fresh herbs all year long, even in the middle of winter! I love using herbs in our recipes and cocktails. Having fresh mint and basil around the holidays is a must for me!

Depending on where you live, it can be hard to grow fresh herbs outside year-round, so we’ve taken them inside and created a beautiful DIY herb garden with tin cans!

Furthermore, with our labels, they make the most charming homemade gifts too!

DIY herb gardens in tin cans

How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden

You want to start the garden towards the end of the summer when you can still buy fresh herbs at the nursery. It’s easiest if you plant them already grown. You can start from seeds, but it take a lot longer that way.

DIY Indoor Herb garden in tin cans with seeds and rosemary

The seeds are charming to add to the tin if you’re giving at as a gift!

Fresh herbs
  1. Have your indoor planter with good drainage.
  2. Add organic soil to the planter box.
  3. Take out the herbs and place them in the indoor planter, leaving them a little above the potted soil.
  4. Place them in an area with really good light. You MUST have light for them to grow. It’s imperative to their growth!
  5. Water every few days. Don’t over water, let the soil dry between.

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

There are 3 critical things for successfully growing herbs indoors.

Indoor herb garden in tin food cans with a charming label.


  • Find an area that gets a lot of sunlight, somewhere near a window.
  • If you live in a location that is overcast during the winter, you may need to use grow lightbulbs for your herbs.
  • You can do a combination of natural sunlight, and a grow light.
  • They require at least 6 hours of light a day.
  • Turn the plants every now and then to make sure both sides are getting light.


can with dirt and seeds
  • Have the plants sit higher than the potting soil when you’re planting them.
  • Use organic soil when plating and keep it light and air, don’t impact it.
Herbs being washed in a sink


  • Don’t overwater!
  • Don’t keep the soil too wet. Let the soil dry out between waterings.
  • To water the herbs, place them in the sink and let the faucet drip on each plant.
  • Then leave them to drain for a few minutes. Wipe the bottom with a dry towel and then set them back where they belong.
Mint herb in a tin can for a DIY herb garden

List of Herbs You Can Grow Indoors

Think about what you use the most during the winter and what herbs are hard to find during the winter months. Those are the ones you want to plant. Here’s a list of which herbs can be grown indoors:

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Mint
  • Parsely
  • Chives
  • Sage
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano

DIY Herb Garden Planters

We made these DIY garden planters with tins that we used for our pumpkin recipes! They work wonderfully for growing herbs! Here’s how you make them.

  • Save your empty 28-ounce cans.
  • Clean them well with hot water and let them dry.
  • Turn them upside down, and using a hammer and a nail, hammer in small holes to the bottom of the can. Add about 10 or more for good drainage.
  • Lightly scoop in organic soil into the can and plant one herb per can.
  • Once the herb is in, clean off the sides of the can and add one of our free printable labels!
Growing indoor mint in a tin can!

Indoor Herb Garden Light

There are a few options for a grow light that you hang above or near the herbs.

  • Another shop that sells a Grow-Anywhere Herb Growbar.
  • The large matte white hanging grow light is modern and sleek!
Charming indoor herb garden

Can I grow herbs indoors all year round?

Yes! Using natural light or a grow light, you can grow herbs inside all year!

Free Printable Herb Labels

We created these very charming labels for your indoor herb garden! We have a basil, rosemary, thyme, and mint label for you to use.

Free herb garden labels

Click here to download our free printable indoor herb labels!

  1. Print them on glossy sticker paper. I like to keep this paper on hand because it not only prints beautifully, but it’s a sticker, so you just pull the paper right off! Getting water on the label won’t ruin it, either.
  1. Cut the labels out and pull the sticker paper off.
  1. Stick them on to your herb planter!
Free herb garden labels on a tin can for herb garden kits

Indoor Herb Garden Kit

These make the most charming homemade gifts! Give them to teachers, coworkers, friends, and families. Here’s how you can make this a kit to give as a gift!

  1. Using the instructions above, create the cans and stick them on the labels.
  1. Add a charming pack of seeds and directions for creating the herb garden.
  1. Add a ribbon, and voila! A Charming herb garden kit!
Indoor herb garden kits

Wrap Up…

So whether you’re looking for a fun and easy project to do with your kids over the weekend or you want to have fresh herbs on hand all year long, we hope you’ll give our indoor herb garden a try! 

If you are a tea lover, check out our post about creating a tea garden.

Be sure to download our free printable labels so you can get started today. What are your favorite recipes that use fresh herbs?

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tin can with rosemary inside and a sticker that says rosemary

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10 thoughts on “DIY Indoor Herb Garden”

  1. I love these but how do you keep the water from draining out of the can and all over the place? It doesn’t appear that you have the cans sitting on a dish or anything to capture water that may come out…

    • Hi Kate – I have watering days and I place them in the sink and give them a really good drink of water. I let them drain and then put them back. You can totally put a little dish under them as well! I’m sure you can find a galvanized plate to match.


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