DIY Herb Garden Ladder Planter

3 Materials
72 Hours
Have you always wanted to plant your own herb garden but haven't found the time? Maybe this project using Outdoor Mod Podge will spur on your creative skills to start one this year!! I wanted to really personalize my planter and make it unique. This is such an easy mod podge project that anyone can do and you can personalize it in any color or pattern combination that you like! Let’s see how to make this Herb Ladder Planter.

What you need:
Ikea Satsumas Ladder and planters (comes with 5)
FolkArt Multi Surface Paint in Titanium White and Charcoal Black
Mod Podge Outdoor Formula
Fabrics of Choice
Mod Podge Brushes
Optional: Mod Podge Hard Coat

So I started by painting my ladder rungs black and white using FolkArt Multi-Surface Craft Paint. I did two thick coats on each rung of the ladder and let dry overnight.

Next I used my Outdoor Mod Podge   formula and went over the ladder rungs with a thick coat of Outdoor Mod Podge. This will protect the paint from the outdoor elements and keep it looking great!! I love to use my Mod Podge Brush set for this because the Mod Podge goes on so easily and smoothly using them.
Next let your ladder rungs dry for 72 hours and get started on your pots that come with the ladder. I chose three black and white fabrics and got to work cutting them about 1 1/2″ bigger than the edges of the pot so that you can tuck the edges under.
I apply a thick coat of Outdoor Mod Podge directly onto the pot, then lay the fabric down on top and smooth out the wrinkles. I then apply mod podge to the edges and about 1″ into the inside of the pot and gently smooth the fabric into into the pot and across the bottom. Once the fabric is in place, use a thick layer of Outdoor Mod Podge to completely cover the fabric top to bottom.

I repeated this step for three of my pots and set them aside to dry. Let your pots dry for 72 hours before placing outside.
Fill your pots with dirt and herbs of choice (I used cilantro, mint, basil, and oregano), hook your pots over the ladder and tada you have an awesome herb garden at your fingertips!!
See the full tutorial with links to products used at my blog link below!

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Abbey D
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Frequently asked questions

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  • Sue in wy Sue in wy on May 08, 2018

    Looks great! I want to try it, I have tons of left over materials from dresses I've made for my young granddaughter that will look really cute. Do the pots have drainage holes?

  • Fly Fly on May 13, 2018

    You say "the pots that come with the ladder". Where did you find a ledder that has pots ready to hang?

  • Diane Zimmerman Diane Zimmerman on May 16, 2018

    I looked up the info on the ladder and it says nothing about the pots. Where did you get the pots? I would love to do this project, but without the pots it would not be great ? Please inform us on how to get the pots with the ladder! Thanks


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  • Maggi Maggi on May 09, 2018

    A word of caution..don't forget to drill a few hols in the bottom of each pot so any excess water can drain away or the soil will go sour and the plants can rot or just not thrive. But a great idea.

  • Laurie Laurent-Hyland Laurie Laurent-Hyland on May 11, 2018

    Very nice.