My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 1: Muffin Pans

My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 1: Muffin Pans

Real Life Confession- I love the idea of gardening more than I love actual gardening. Can anyone else relate? I also look forward to summer Saturday mornings with girlfriends as we bop from farmer’s market to farmer’s market.

BUT. But…I still enjoy having planted herbs around as the weather warms up! So, this year, I’ve decided to do a three-part herb gardening upcycling series…starting with today’s post: Part 1- Muffin tins!

To kick off my herb garden, I went out thrifting and found exactly what I was looking for: beat up, old rusty muffin pans!

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Meet Rusty and his pal, Crusty!

I figured they would be the perfect thing to use for germinating herb plants- shallow, compartmentalized, and easy to work with. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

And it should come as no surprise that I decided to spray paint the muffin pans…because, well, why not?

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Turquoise to the rescue!

When the paint had dried, they were much nicer to touch and I filled them with my favorite natural muffin papers.

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

For easy potting transplant later on…

Within each paper cup, I added some seedling potting soil- compacting it ever so slightly so that it didn’t collapse like a soufflé when watered.

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting ready to plant!

Before I could plant my non-GMO herb seeds, I needed to soak them overnight…

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Gotta soak the seeds first…

And I found that a cheap, plastic paint palette/mixing tray worked PERFECTLY for that- not too deep, easy to label, and all my seeds were separate but together, if that makes sense.

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

NOW I’m ready to sow…

That was that…I planted the seeds carefully, following the directions on each packet. And since these were just germinating seeds, I broke coffee stirrers in half and made hasty label sticks.

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

From sow to…grow?!

Then the waiting game began…and my worrier self took over- what if nothing sprouts? What if this is a complete waste of time?

Silly me! I had little green shoots in just a few days!

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hello, little sprout!

After a few weeks, I had healthy little seedlings. Healthy little seedlings that had to travel with us when we went out of town because apparently, I’m an overprotective baby-plant Mom. Who knew?

Vintage muffin tin from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just hanging out at the cabin in Georgia…

They’re almost ready to be transferred…but you’ll just have to wait for Part 2 to see what my next upcycled herb garden project is!!

Vintage muffin pan tin from thrift store repurposed and upcycled into DIY herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Keep on growin’!

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Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Vintage muffin pan tin from thrift store repurposed and upcycled into DIY herb and vegetable seedling starter pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Margaret says:

    Love this idea.. so easy and pretty too!

  2. this is such a great idea! It looks so much easier than peat pots. Love your photos.. And I can relate to your statement of loving the idea of gardening! Have a lovely day~

  3. I would have never thought of using muffin papers to germinate seeds – they’re perfect! I’ve always enjoyed watching seeds sprout – once it starts you can almost watch them grow.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It’s been a lot of fun to watch them grow!! Here’s hoping I don’t screw it up now, LOL. 😉

  4. Oh my…loving those little seedlings in the blue tins!!! 🙂

  5. Love this idea! I just might try it. Like you, I love the idea of gardening more than actually doing it, too! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend!

  6. Sarah, this is such a great idea! I really like the stirrer labels. Can’t wait to see part 2.

  7. This is such a great idea! I wish I hadn’t thrown away my rusted muffin tin!

  8. Jeanette Jeffrey says:

    Let’s see if my brown thumb can become a green thumb. I like this idea and I will use grams old tins. I was going to put them on the wall( hubby said throw them out.) . No can do they were grams , so I think she would be pleased I’m still using them.

  9. This is such a good idea. I would have never thought of it!

  10. janet lefever says:

    thankyou

  11. I love this smart, upscycled idea. Thanks for sharing it at Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide!

  12. Cute idea using a muffin pan! I’m thinking you can just plant those muffin cups and they will disintegrate! I’llbe waiting for part tow

  13. Oops some how I posted this my comment while typing. I’ll be waiting for part two.Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week! Pinned.
    Kim

  14. What a great idea! I wish I’d seen this before I sent all of my old muffin tins to Goodwill!

  15. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Sarah I too like to plant them and watch them grow. It only gets scary when the part about watering them starts. Then I either add too much or too little and kill them. That’s ok I’ll be a gardener through your projects instead.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Haha! I completely understand! Since I’m a scientist “in real life”, I use pipettes to water them- it allows me to control the quantity perfectly! 😀

  16. I think you are the only one that will ever have me desiring to plant seeds. This is adorable! 🙂

    I’ve featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk Projects. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Oh my gosh, Donna- it’s a lot of work! And I came home today to find Cottonball sleeping on top of the pans, LOL. In the bay window under direct sun. So I may be back to buying pre-sown plants from now on, hahahaha.

  17. I like this ideas better than egg cartons.

  18. Wonderful recycle for old muffin tins. Good luck with the herb garden.Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  19. Great use of the muffin tins! (and beautifully colored, too!) Thanks for sharing!

  20. That is such a good idea ! I really really looooooove it !. If you don’t mind I would love to link your post in one of my future Friday Favorites .

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