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How To Make Indoor Herb Garden Planters From Denim

I’m not very good at growing herbs so I cheat and buy the pots of fresh herbs from the supermarket. This week I made vertical indoor herb garden planters out of denim for these pots of herbs.

The herbs now hang vertically next to the cooker so they are handy to reach when cooking. I love to just grab a handful of fresh coriander (cilantro) and bung it into a pot of freshly cooked curry.

Repurposed Jeans Into Indoor Herb Garden Planters

As well as looking good, the herbs in these handmade planters last longer. That is because they are double potted which allows for easier watering and drainage. Just like the Marimekko plastic bottle herb planters I made.

For now, I’ve made planters for 3 of my most used herbs, coriander (cilantro), flat-leaved parsley and basil. In the summer I will need to add another pot just for mint for all the pitchers of Pimms and Mojitos I love to drink when the suns shining.

These indoor planters featured in the A to Z of denim upcycles.

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Denim upcycled indoor herb planters

What You Need To Make Herb Planters

  • Denim legs – I made 3 planters so I used the bottom of three jeans legs.
  • 3 denim belt loops, one for each herb planter
  • 3 large plastic soda bottles
Jeans and plastic bottle
pallet wood and hooks

How To Make Indoor Herb Garden Planters

1.. First, using scissors cut the bottom off the soda bottles. So you end up with a cup approximately 15cm (6″) high.

Cutting soda bottles.

2. Next, to make the denim herb pockets, cut the bottom off a jeans leg. Make sure they are about 1″ longer than the cut soda bottle. Turn this inside out. Cut the bottom corners to make it more rounded. Then stitch up the bottom (this can be done by hand or even glued if you don’t like sewing).

Turn the denim pouch right side out and then stitch a belt loop from the jeans to the back. Finally, place the soda bottle bottom into the pouch.

Making denim pouches for indoor heb garden

3. Then, to add a bit more interest to the denim pouches make some herb labels. Stamp the names of herbs onto a strip of white fabric. Then cut these labels out and glue them to the front of each denim pouch.

Top tip: If you don’t have a letter stamp set you can just write the names of the herbs onto the fabric with a Sharpie.

Hand stamped herb labels.

4. Next, place the supermarket herb pots inside the plastic bottle cutouts and then into the denim pockets. As the pots sit in the soda bottles they can be easily watered and the excess water has somewhere to drain.

Potting herbs into denim planters

5. Finally, I make a simple hanging post for the indoor herb garden planters. Sand and wax a plank of old pallet wood. Then, screw 3 hooks into the wood one for each herb pot. This was a verticle indoor herb garden that can then simply be screwed to the wall in the kitchen.

vertical indoor herb planters
indoor herb garden planters from denim

Haveing the herb names stamped on the outside has proved to be useful. I may know my flat leaf parsley from my corriander (cillantro) but my husband and kids don’t have a clue. It’s actually been a bit of an education for them..

upcycled denim planter coriander
Indoor upcycled denim herb garden

Hanging Herb Garden

The only reason I hung my indoor herb garden planters vertically was that I had the perfect strip of wall for them in my kitchen, between the door and the cooker. It is so easy to turn the plank around and have a horizontal denim herb planters, if that’s what you need for your space.

Whichever way you hang them, not only is it handy having the herbs to hand they do make the kitchen look more organic. Plus I find my supermarket potted herbs last that bit longer, as they are now double potted which helps with the watering and drainage.

If you asked for cilantro over here in England most people wouldn’t know what you were talking about. That’s because we call it coriander. As far as I know, I think that’s the only herb we have a different name from the US. Let me know if you think there is another one.

upcycled indoor herb planters

I love to repurpose my old denim and have loads of ideas of what you can make from an old pair of jeans some of which don’t involve sewing. I’ve made some hanging denim storage baskets similar to these herb planters. The jeans pockets can also be used to making hanging storage as well as the legs.

 This isn’t the only herb garden I’ve made. You might want to check out my upcycled window herb planter.

Or if you are looking for more ideas for the Kitchen there are some great tips on how to organize your pantry here.

Linda at Mixed Kreations

Sunday 17th of February 2019

What a cool herb planter! Very creative! Wood and bluejeans the perfect match!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 18th of February 2019

Thank you, one of my favourite combinations.

Rosie (@greenrosielife)

Friday 31st of August 2018

I love this and it proves how anyone, anywhere can grow a few fresh herbs. Thank you for adding this post to the #GoingGreen linky and I am so sorry it has taken me so long to pop over for a read. After a summer break GoingGreen will be back again opening on Sept 3rd. Hope to see you there ... and I hope you had a fabulous summer!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 1st of September 2018

Thank you, look forward to joining you next week.


Tuesday 29th of May 2018

This is so amazing such a wonderful concept; I live in an apartment complex so I'm grateful for your creative mind...Thank You!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 30th of May 2018

Thank you ?. Growing plants vertically is a great option for small spaces.

Gina Caro @ Gypsy Soul

Wednesday 9th of May 2018

What a great use for old jeans. These look great! Our herbs are just in old food tins but it works for us :) #GoingGreenLinky

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 9th of May 2018

Thank you. I too grow herbs and flowers in old tins.

Shirley Wood

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

This is such a fun idea for Herb containers. It would add some blue to a patriotic decor setting too. This post will be Featured at the Merry Monday party this week. I always love your denim upcycles!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 23rd of April 2018

Thank you, Shirley. I love crafting with denim. I’ve actually made patriotic bunting before with jeans.