Recycled Rainbow Herb Garden From Tin Cans

3 Materials
1 Hour

I love crafting straight out of the recycle bin. This Recycled Rainbow Herb Garden takes repurposing vegetable and soup tin cans to the next level to create a bright, colorful (and yummy) addition to your outdoor décor just in time for Spring! This rainbow-inspired project is effortless with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ created for use on exterior craft projects.

Recycled Tin Can Rainbow Herb Garden

Here’s what you need to make a Rainbow Herb Garden:

Here’s how to create a Vertical Herb Garden on a Fence:


To begin the herb garden, remove the labels from the cans, then wash and dry thoroughly. Basecoat each can with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ in Cloud White using a flat paintbrush. Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary. The white basecoat will allow the bright topcoat colors to really pop! Patio Paint Outdoor has a superior flow and is self-leveling, so it will dry smooth.


Once the white basecoat is dry, apply one coat of DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ in different colors on each can. I used Geranium Red, Azalea, Pumpkin, Sunshine Yellow, Apple Green, Blue Bahama, Desert Turquoise, Blue Jay, and Petunia Purple to each a wonderful rainbow! Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Use a paper plate or palette paper to organize the paint colors.


Using a drill and drill bit create a hole in the bottom center of each can for drainage. Drill a second hole at the back top edge of each recycled can to hang it.


Attach the recycled cans to the front porch fence using the vertical pickets and the horizontal bracing as guides. Drill a small pilot hole into the wood, then insert an exterior screw into the hole and screw into the wooden fence picket.

I did a grid in rainbow order, three cans wide by three cans tall using the colors red through pink.


Remove each herb plant from its pot, squeeze the dirt and roots a bit to break them up, and then insert them into each recycled can. Press dirt down to secure the plant.

Quick and Easy Vertical Herb Garden on a Fence

I love the bright pops of color that the DecoArt® Patio Paint™ adds to this recycle bin project. This herb garden was quick to complete in just about an hour with limited supplies. I cannot wait to pick some fresh basil leaves for my next Caprese salad. What is your favorite herb to cook with? Comment below!

Create durable outdoor pieces with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ acrylics which are water-based and non-toxic for easy clean-up. Patio Paint Outdoor provides excellent adhesion to exterior surfaces such as concrete, terra cotta, masonry, and wood. Weather-proof, so no sealer is required for a durable, long-lasting satin finish that will not crack or peel. Available in 76 vibrant colors, 3 metallics, 5 neon colors, and proudly made in the USA.

Sprucing up the front porch for Spring is easy with NuFoam Outdoor Cushions from Fairfield World. Click through to see my step-by-step tutorial to sew up these easy custom cushions.

Too busy to make this right now? Pin it for later! I’d love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.


Creatively, Beth

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  • Nandini Nandini on Jun 05, 2022

    So colorful, if you use lattice and zip ties like carol has suggested it can be moved around and you could bring the whole frame inside when it gets too cold

  • Nandini Nandini on Jun 05, 2022

    Lucky you!