DIY Hanging Herb Garden Tins

A sign with the words Herb Tins on it.

Hanging planters are really popular for the backyard garden DIY crews. Your plants grow beautifully, and your backyard looks great. This is a unique and fun way to recycle your tin cans.

We are coming into the cooler months. Now is the time to plant your fall veggies. We are going to show you a way to recycle old tin cans and make a great fall hanging herb garden. There are a lot of herbs that thrive in cooler temperatures. 

Now is a good time to plant: 

  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Cilantro
  • mint

Your hanging garden can be as full or sparse as you like. With your fence being the backdrop you can put on tin per board or adjust the strings for more than one plant per board. The tins are hung with string, so if a frost is coming, you simply bring the plants in. They are small and easily moved. I have used actual tin cans for this project. However, plastic coffee jugs will work just as well. 

Here is what you will need:

  1. Tin cans 
  2. Spray paint
  3. Hammer
  4. Nails
  5. Clothesline
  6. Drill

Use the hammer and nail to put holes in the bottom of each tin can for watering/drain holes. 

Use the drill and drill bit to put two holes on the top of the backside of the can. Make sure the holes are large enough to run your clothesline through.

After your holes are in the cans, prepare a place to paint them. You can spread the newspaper on the ground and give them a couple of coats of spray paint. Let them dry well.  

A hammer is being used to open a plastic container containing herb tins.


Decide how long you want the cans to hang. Measure the length of the rope to get the desired height. Cut the rope. Now you will place one end of the clothesline in a back-hole and tie a knot in the rope to keep it from pulling through. Repeat with the other end of the clothesline. You now have your planter. Loop the rope around the fence board and the tin should hang to the desired height. If you need to make it higher, do that before you add your soil.

Place your in the can and add your seedlings. You can grow any kind of garden for small plants with this method and the tin can gardens look great with flowers. Just use a mixture of seeds and watch them grow. 

By varying the length of rope you can have a different effect. The cans can be side by side and even or you can stage them. You can plant flowers, herbs, or hanging vines. They are beautiful when the plant begins to drape. Of course, the size of the can will determine which plant will be best suited.

Note: If you hang the plants low enough, you can use this craft to teach children how to grow. They will have so much fun tending their garden and there is no mess!

So the next time you empty a coffee can, hold on to it. It will make a great addition to your vertical garden

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