Kitchen Herb Garden: A Challenge Project

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I was invited in January to participate in a challenge: Grab a few tea cups and create something fun.

Game on!

I love tea and tea cups, and I love to garden. With the growing season on the horizon, I decided to combine a few of my favorites to create a pretty little indoor herb nursery.
I started with a trip to the thrift store for some cups I wouldn't mind painting. Two dollars later, I was ready to go.
That fruit trim across the top was a bit of a problem, so I gave the cups two coats of white spray paint as a primer before beginning the project.

Next, I painted them using DecoArt's Americana satin in Desert. I love the soft green color that hints of spring.
I wanted to dress the cups up a little, so I used four chalkboard paper sticker labels and stenciled a letter to each one ( H, E, R, and B) using white chalk paint.
Next, I added the labels (which reposition easily, by the way), and used a darker green paint to stencil a few random leaves on the cups around the labels.
Finally, it was time to add the plants. I had started some herb seeds a few weeks earlier in peat pellets, which are a breeze to transplant.

I started by dropping some pebbles in the bottom of each cup, the added some potting mix, a herb pellet, and firmed it all down with a bit more potting mix on top.

I grabbed a metal tray I found at a yard sale a couple of years ago that fit the cups perfectly, and my little herb nursery was ready to go!

I sowed these herbs pretty thick, but they'll be able to grow right in the kitchen window for several more weeks before they'll need to be transplant into the garden.

A new, thinner set can then be started right in the cups to enjoy right from the kitchen window.
Here's the supplies I used for this project.
The spring gardening season will be here soon! The next time you're at the thrift store (or rummaging through your stash of thrifted finds) grab a few tea cups and make your own cute little herb nursery.
Suggested materials:
  • 4 tea cups   (Thrift Store)
  • Rustoleum white spray paint   (Wal-Mart)
  • Deco Art Americana Satin - Desert   (Michael's)
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