Make an old kettle herb garden in seconds!

Herb in pots 05.17.15
I was really enticed to grow a few of my own herbs. So I dug around in my junk stash and there, staring right back at me was my old kettle collection. Perfect!
After layering the pots with stones and soil, in went the plants. But they're topped with something that makes them even cooler to look at... read below for how I did it.
My kettle inspired mobile garden is FUN to move around! And eat. :)
How cute is this collection of old kettles for a kitchen themed herb garden?
I love to collect these guys from the thrift stores. Even if they're broken.
After the plants go in, I layer the tops of the soil with spanish moss. It offers a fun, rustic touch!
Do you collect kettles too? What do you do with yours?

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  • Patricia F
    Patricia F Chapel Hill, NC
    I've used chipped, cracked pottery pieces for this, too.
  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    Funky Junk, I would think you could put a few pebbles in the bottom of an undrained pot w/maybe a little charcoal, and that would keep the plants moist but not wet, and the soil from souring.
  • Alice H
    Alice H Oklahoma City, OK
    Now we need a good creative way to use lids.
  • FunkyJunk Interiors - Donna
    Haha Alice, agreed! Thanks for the drainage tips, everyone! I'll do that next year. :)
  • Sondra A
    Sondra A Janesville, WI
    Cute idea. I've used some oddball containers for various plants also and love looking at others creative ideas. I think my most unusual one was a bedpan on my bathroom wall.
  • Carrie W
    Carrie W Sterling, MA
    Cool idea. I have done this with old fashion milk can covers on my front steps
  • Jan L
    Jan L Lady Lake, FL
    Really eye catching way to display your herbs. I love my herbs. I have collected some inexpensive silver plate pieces (nobody wants silver plate anymore). I don't worry about polishing because I like the patina as is. I put large pebbles in the bottom
  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    Funky J., do the lids have knobs? If so, why not mount those on a plaque and use it to hang things from?
  • FunkyJunk Interiors - Donna
    Love that Idea Becky!
  • Linda Farina
    Linda Farina Providence, RI
    Alice..maybe we could convert the lids into a wind chime...
  • Janis@All Things Beautiful
    how cute are these??? Love this idea!
  • Lisa I
    Lisa I Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Too cute!! Excellence as always, Funky Junk <3
  • Julie F
    Julie F Hobe Sound, FL
    very cool!
  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Chattanooga, TN
    Maybe lids could be used as saucers for them in some fashion. Very good idea for containers. Think I'll go check out the basement.
  • Buffy
    Buffy North Salem, NY
    I've been collecting old and mostly copper colanders to use as planters. The holes are great for drainage as well as adding some spiffy hanging wires! So much better than spending $20+ on a pot from a big box
FunkyJunk Interiors - Donna