Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th. this year.  Many of us are racking our brains searching for something different to give Mom for Mother’s Day.  Sure you can run to the mall and buy Mom a bottle of perfume like you do every year, or run to the florist to buy her the requisite bunch of Spring flowers.  Both are great gifts that I’m sure Mom’s will love, actually Mom’s love anything their kids give them.  But if you’re looking for something different to give Mom this year how about a DIY Kitchen Garden?

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Kitchen Gardens are great gifts, especially if Mom loves to cook.  You can fill the garden with her favorite herbs.  That way she’ll always have fresh herbs for her favorite recipes!  It’s practical, pretty, and quite inexpensive.

Besides, I know that my favorite Mother’s Day gifts are those that were homemade.  That makes them super special!

I made this DIY Kitchen Garden basically with scraps of wood, quart size Mason Jars, potting soil, and starter plants I picked up at Walmart’s garden department.  I also used some aquarium marbles or gravel for drainage, black primer, a stencil I cut on my Cricut Explore, and a chalkboard marker from Walmart’s craft department.  I printed out labels with herb names using Avery stickers and stuck them on each jar.  I have to admit I was very pleased with the results, so much so I’m keeping the first one for my own kitchen.

The whole project cost me less than $6 !  But that’s because I only had to buy  4 starter plants.  If you don’t already have the supplies it should cost you about $25, still pretty good for a nice Mother’s Day gift I’m sure Mom will love.

I’m so pleased about this project I’m sharing it with you.  I’m also sharing the stencil template which you can print out and cut out with or without a cutting machine.  If you have a machine just download the jpeg file and upload it to your computer or the Cricut Design Space.  If you don’t have a cutting machine, no worries, download the file, adjust the size to fit your project using a photo editor like Photo Shop or the free online editor picmonkey.com, and cut out the letters.  Or you can skip the stencil and handwrite the letters yourself.

As for the stickers just print them out on sticker paper.  You can use Avery’s free online templates at avery.com or just a word program.  Just make sure you use a black background and white font.  That gives you the chalkboard look.  I used the chalkboard marker to outline the edge of each sticker to make the border.

Here’s what you need to for this DIY Kitchen Garden.  Make one for Mom this year!  She’ll love it!

Supplies:

For the box:

Wood scraps  at least ¼” thick cut to the following sizes – if you don’t have wood scraps on hand check the scrap bin at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

2 pieces – 16 “ x  3” for the front and back of box

2 pieces – 6” x 3” for the box ends

1 piece – 16” x 5” for box bottom

Gorilla Wood Glue

Vice grip or painter’s tape

Black Spray Paint or primer

Stencil – click here for free template

White Chalkboard Marker – Available at Walmart’s craft department and most craft stores

Clear Sealer in matte finish – you can use any brand, I used Mod Podge clear sealer spray

For jars:

4 quart size Mason Jars

Potting soil

Aquarium marbles or gravel – enough to fill about 1” of each jar

4 starter plants – I used Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme but you can use any 4 herbs you like or the herbs your Mom likes to use – you can buy starter plants at any garden shop or garden department

4 stickers with the herb names printed on them using black background and white font

 

How To:

Box:

Glue all the pieces of wood together form a box according to the glue directions

Secure all the pieces of glued wood in place with vice grips or wind painter’s tape.  If you’re using tape wind the tape tightly around the box – front to back and side to side.

Let glue cure overnight.

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Remove grips or tape and spray paint all sides of the box, don’t forget the inside of the box

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DIY Kitchen GardenIf you’re using a stencil place it in the middle of the front of the box and tape it into place

Fill in the letters with white chalkboard marker, let dry, then gently lift stencil off to avoid smudging the writing.

If you’re not using a stencil you can write the words on the front of the box carefully.  Should you make a mistake you can take the writing off with a wet paper towel.  Allow to dry before writing on it again.

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Herb Jars:

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Fill the bottom of each jar about 1” high with aquarium marbles or gravel.  This is an important step, the marbles or gravel will provide drainage.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Fill jars about half way full with potting soil.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

DIY Kitchen GardenGently remove each starter plant from the plastic container and shake off some of the dirt, shake off enough so that the plant and dirt will slip into the jar.

Gently spread the roots out and slip the plant into the jar.

Fill the jar with potting soil, pressing soil around the plant roots.  Fill to top of jar, just below the jar neck (where the top screws on)

Water the plants with about ¼ cup of water per plant.  Pour the water around the entire plant so that the soil settles.

Add more potting soil to each jar, filling again to just below the neck.

 

DIY Kitchen GardenAttach stickers with herb names printed on them to each jar making sure you match the name to the correct herb.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

DIY Kitchen GardenPlace the herb jars in the box and you’re good to go!  If you’re going to wait until Mother’s Day to give Mom her new Kitchen Garden don’t forget to water the plants!