DIY Wash Tub Garden

DIY wash tub herb garden - A great way to have a small herb garden inside our outside!

As we are approaching summer I am becoming more and more obsessed with plants. I know, I am becoming the crazy plant lady. It happens. Ps. our fiddle fig is still alive! I should probably share a post on that & what has been working for us. Anyways, the hubs and I really wanted to try a stab at a small herb/vegetable garden in our house, & we aren’t sure how well it will do inside, but we wanted to try. If all fails, we can attempt one in our courtyard. While we were home last week in Michigan my wonderful grandpa gave us a couple of these amazing antique wash tubs. I actually carted one back to NC in our little Jetta.. Mr. LMB was thrilled. My first thought was to use it as a laundry basket by our laundry closet, but after putting it by the closet it was too big for the space so my next thought? Make a garden out of it!


DIY wash tub herb garden - A great way to have a small herb garden inside our outside!
DIY wash tub herb garden - A great way to have a small herb garden inside our outside!

I know you are all super intelligent so this is more of an idea than a tutorial because It’s a tub with a garden in it. Easy stuff. Oh, & you say you don’t have a vintage tub? No problem. You can purchase these lovely metal tubs brand new at a tractor supply store month many other stores like it. Or just scour your local thrift/antique stores & maybe you will stumble across an antique wash tub like this. For the garden, we simply lined the inside of the tub with a plastic drop cloth, poured our organic soil we found at Home depot & planted our lovely little plants {Jalepenos, Chocolate mint, Greek oregano, cilantro, & squash} By the way the chocolate mint smells amazing! & now you may be wondering about those lovely little plant markers…

DIY copper garden markers - so easy to make!!

DIY copper garden markers - so easy to make!!
I got the idea from this blog to make these lovely copper garden markers. I simply used copper group wire found at Home Depot, you can find it at any hardware store. I than spray painted magnet letters with copper spray paint {I used hammered texture, I would suggest just using regular}. After the spray paint was dry I hot glued the letters to the copper ground wire pieces I cut with pliers.

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After the glue dries stick those babies in the dirt. These help a person like me who can’t tell one plant from another to tell if it’s a pepper or simply some oregano. Also let’s face it, it makes the whole garden cuter.

DIY copper garden markers - so simple to make!
DIY wash tub herb garden - A great way to have a small herb garden inside our outside!

DIY wash tub herb garden - A great way to have a small herb garden inside our outside!
DIY wash tub herb garden - A great way to have a small herb garden inside our outside!

For now the little herb garden is sitting in our dining room. the wash tub is on wheels so I sometime scoot it around the house in front of windows for light. Seriously, who am I? I’m hoping the little herb garden lasts in the dining room, but if it doesn’t like I said before we will move it to a new location. The watering can under the wash tub garden is from Target & acts as a watering can & drainage catcher just in case. What do you think of our DIY wash tub Garden? Do you have a garden like this? Any tips for me? Leave them in the comments below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram! ¬†Check below for some more lovely summertime posts.xx


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  1. Seriously darling, Liz!! I love the little garden stakes – those are so cute!! But I especially love the story behind the washtub! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m so happy to have you on this blog hop!! xo

  2. I seriously love this cute & simple DIY! I always say sometimes simplicity shines & this sooo does!! That watering can is so delightful isn’t it?! { I got my mum the whole set for Mothers Day } !


  3. The wash tub looks fabulous. I just saw one at a yard sale and darn I didn’t buy it. Now I wish I did.


  4. This is SO cute!! You did a great job, those markers are such a great idea too. Love your projects :)

  5. I’m glad you loved the markers! your tub herb garden is beautiful! Thanks for linking.

    • Yes! I was OBSESSED with the markers… I had to re-create them. I really wish I would have used the same spray paint as you suggested.. but I think they turned out pretty cute! Thanks for the tutorial! xx

  6. I am such a sucker for anything galvanized and I love using galvanized buckets as planters – I have them all around my house! This is a great idea and is so cute!

  7. Ah! The plant markers! So cute! You always find the most amazing things at Target. Somehow my luck hasn’t been as good :P Love your adorable garden!

  8. Okay. I’m in love with the garden tub, so clever! But those copper garden markers are GENIUS! I just love them! I would have never guessed that they were spray-painted plastic letters! Great project, Liz! ;)

  9. Anna Weaver says:

    Love your planter… just an FYI, you shouldn’t plant mint with other herbs. It’s roots end up killing the other herbs, and it will take over the entire planter.

  10. So, so pretty! And those garden markers! Oh man, love those.

  11. This is so sweet! You will have to let us know how they fare indoors!

  12. Adorable! Love the washtub, and the runner on your dining table too. I have the same one !

  13. Liz, those plant markers are SO cute. I love your herb garden, so unique! Pinning!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Just an FYI that squash get gigantic and need a lot of water!

  15. Hi!! What a darling idea. I was going to second a comment I saw, squash do get HUGE…. like they could use that entire tub for one plant! I also had another question concerning a different project. Your floor to ceiling headboard… would you do it again? Did you mind the wood/ was it too rough when lying in bed? Or do you prefer an upholstered headboard? Trying to make an educated decision for my own room. I just loved the drama of the wood! Thanks, Liz.

    • Thank you Amy! We do plan on transferring them outside soon… I’m nervous now haha.. updates soon! & my husband and I are sitting here together & we both said we would do the headboard again for sure. We really liked it. We never had an issue with the wood/texture/roughness at all. I loved what a great focal point it was. It was also solo easy to build. I say go for it!!! Hope this helps :)

  16. Yay!! So excited for you!!!

  17. What a fun idea for an indoor mini garden LizMarie! I love how it fits into your decor so perfectly. You have amazing taste for sure. It has been so much fun to participate in this summer celebration with you :) Hope you are having a great week!

  18. What a cute way to have a little garden inside! I just love that old wash tub!

  19. LOVE it! So excited to be a part of this blog hop with you and all of these talented ladies:):)

    xo, amy

  20. Adorable!! I love the character – and the little letter picks are too cute. So creative!! So fun to be on the summer celebrations series with you! Pinning and sharing this:)

  21. What a unique idea! It’s such a cute way to display a garden indoors.

  22. This is seriously amazing! I love this.
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  23. Hi,
    Great idea! Where did you get the stand that the washtub is sitting on? Would love to try and make this!



  24. Hurrah! At last I got a blog from where I be capable of really take helpful facts regarding
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  25. OMG this is adorable! LOVE that tub ;)


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