I’ve been working as a spring DIY blogger for The Home Depot and was asked to make DIY herb planters for kids. Um, can you say perfect? This is the ideal project for my four kids. It’s simple (yes please!), inexpensive, and it can be customized to however we (or you!) want it. Plus it’s a great way to get kids into gardening!
In this post, I’m going to show you how we made three simple DIY herb planters for kids one beautiful spring Saturday morning.
We took the whole family out shopping at The Home Depot to purchase the organic gardening supplies we would need. This included herbs (sage, onion chives, spearmint, and parsley), a small watering can, organic fertilizer, gardening scissors, gardening gloves, organic potting soil, and three plastic window box containers.
Confession: we don’t actually have any window boxes at our house. But I picked these containers because I liked how we could fit around 3 different herbs in each one instead of just one or two in a round pot.
How to Make Simple DIY Herb Planters for Kids
My kids were so excited to get started.
Step 1: Fill the planters with potting soil. Because we are doing organic vegetable gardening, we chose an organic potting soil.
Kids can help scoop the potting soil into their planters with a shovel.
Or they can simple help rake it into their container as a parent helps pour the dirt in.
Step 2: Repot the herbs into the planter.
This step is a great opportunity to encourage kids to be gentle with their new herbs as they help remove the plant from its original container and plant it into the new herb planter.
Even little ones can help. Although I didn’t trust my Luke with this one – he’s a little too crazy at this age!
But Joshua was very careful as he gently helped Daddy replant his parsley.
All the kids helped pat down the potting soil around their newly replanted herbs.
Step 3: Add the plant tags/labels to the soil.
I took this very simple step as a great chance to teach the kids about their plants.
We talked about each type of plant and what kind of care they would need. The tags recommended that these herbs be placed in sun and be watered every few days. We even discussed the differences between annuals and perennials.
We also talked about how different plants have different purposes. Some of the plants, like the parsley, would be very simple to add to a salad, while others like spearmint are great for teas. The kids were quite excited when I told them spearmint is the same flavor used in some gum. It even smells great now!
Step 4: Add fertilizer.
Next we mixed liquid fertilizer and water in the watering can and Nathan, Emily, and Joshua each took turns watering their herb planter.
After that, the planters were just about finished.
But there was one more thing to do.
Step 5: Label each planter with the child’s name.
With three kids and almost identical-looking planters, I knew there would be fights over which planter belonged to which child. To prevent those future wars, I used free printable labels to print out name tags. I taped over each label completely with packing tape so it would stay waterproof and attached it to each planter.
Then the herb planters were officially finished.
Making DIY herb planters for kids is a great project for any family. Whether you have tons of space to garden or you live in the city and don’t have any space, anyone can do this. As you saw, it’s very simple and completely versatile; you can find any size pot or container to use, depending on what works best for your family. Bonus: it encourages kids to invest in their own little gardening project!
Here’s a video I took as the kids worked on their herb planters – it’s just a glimpse of the fun we had:
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