Muffin Pan Herb Starter "Pots"

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I'm doing an Upcycled Herb Garden this year, starting from seed! To get my seeds started, I'm using a rusty pair of muffin pans as "starter pots". Get the FULL blog post here for all of the details!

Old rusty muffin pans / tins are usually pretty plentiful at thrift stores- so I snapped these up for starting My Upcycled Herb Garden! The little cups will be perfectly compartmentalized for different types of seeds, won't they?

To make the pan pretty, I spray painted it- but that's totally optional! Then I lined it with natural/unbleached muffin papers. This will make it easy to transplant my seedlings later on!

Then, I filled each muffin paper with potting soil for my herb seeds. Like most seeds, though, I had to prep them overnight- Check out my blog post HERE for a great tip for seed prep!!

After a few days of carefully watering them and keeping them warm/in light, I started to see little green sprouts!! Grow little herbs, grow...

And after a few weeks, I had some solid little sprouts! Now it's nearly time to transplant them into something bigger and better...which will be Part II of My Upcycled Herb Garden...stay tuned!

Suggested materials:

  • Muffin Pan / Tin   (Thrift Store)
  • Soil   (Garden Center)
  • Non-GMO Seeds   (Garden Center/Amazon)

Sadie Seasongoods
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Carol Carol on Apr 25, 2017
    Great idea. Do you need to make holes do you need to make holes on the bottom of the muffin pan?

  • DIYourselfer DIYourselfer on Mar 31, 2018

    Should you plant them still inside their liners when transplanting outside or do you remove them?

  • Marci Waters Marci Waters on Mar 31, 2018

    Can you do this with flower seeds, not just herbs?


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  • Deb Deb on Apr 14, 2018
    This is such a practical idea! I really want to do this & try to get a garden going again. Thank you for the inspiration & the great "share"!

  • Jacqueline Jacqueline on Dec 31, 2020

    I have been wanting to start an herb garden for the longest time, but you have definintely inspired me. Just bought a new home and looking forward to trying this.