Upcycling a Muffin Pan as a Propagation Tray for Herb Seeds

Upcycling a Muffin Pan as a Propagation Tray for Herb Seeds

Real Life Confession- I love the idea of gardening more than I love actual gardening. Can anyone else relate? BUT. But…I still enjoy having planted herbs around as the weather warms up! So, this year, I’ve decided to do a series of upcycling ideas for an herb garden. And today is Part 1: repurposing a muffin pan as a propagation tray or plant starting pots!

You can find old baking pans at thrift stores all the time. Rusty, crusty, and all together a little gross. Which makes them PERFECT for upcycling as a growing tray for seeds.

Muffin tins at a thrift store for upcycling into the propagation trays for herb seeds

Muffin pans are shallow and compartmentalized, just like a propagation tray. They seemed like a perfect fit for trying my hand at germinating seeds for an herb garden.

So, I gathered some organic seeds for kitchen herbs before getting started!

Soaking seeds in water before planting in the growing tray

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Upcycling a Muffin Pan into a Propagation Tray for Herb Seeds

It should come as no surprise that I decided to spray paint the muffin pans before I did anything else.

Because, well, why not?

Spray painting a muffin tin that will be used as plant starting pots

When the paint had dried, they were much nicer to touch.

Next, I filled them with my favorite natural muffin papers.

Upcycling a muffin pan into a seedling tray or plant starting pots

Then, I added some seedling potting soil into each cup of the muffin pan. I compacted it ever so slightly so that it didn’t collapse like a soufflé when watered.

How to germinate seeds in a muffin tin as a seedling tray

Per the directions on my organic seeds, I soaked them overnight before planting in the muffin pans. I found that a cheap, plastic paint palette/mixing tray worked PERFECTLY for soaking the seeds. It wasn’t too deep, it was easy to label, and all my seeds were separate but together, if that makes sense.

Then, I gathered everything together to do the actual planting.

And like clockwork, Cottonball decided to “help” by playing with my measuring cup of water!

Propagation tray by upcycling a muffin pan as seed pots

But that was it! I planted the seeds in the muffin pan carefully, following the directions on each packet.

And since these were just germinating seeds, I broke coffee stirrers in half and made hasty plant markers to keep them straight.

Seedling tray for kitchen herbs by repurposing a muffin tin

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

Seed Pots and Propagation Tray from a Muffin Pan

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

How to germinate seeds in a propagation tray that was a muffin pan

After a few weeks, I had healthy little seedlings in the muffin tin.

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?

Plant starting pots for kitchen herbs in a muffin pan

The muffin pan or muffin tin worked absolutely PERFECTLY as a seedling tray. I actually really liked the fact that it was metal as opposed to the plant starting pots that are plastic. It was much sturdier, which was a blessing when we were on vacation.

Using a muffin tin as a growing tray for herb seeds

Make sure you check out Part 2 of my series of upcycling ideas for an herb garden, too. Once I transplanted them, they needed the perfect place to go!

And if enjoyed this upcycling idea for an herb garden, then you’ll also LOVE these hanging herb baskets that I upcycled from a thrift store find, too!

Wire hanging baskets for a vertical herb planter by upcycling the lampshade frames

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. 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 .

  21. What kind of light source did you use for sprouting?

  22. This is a project for me, my pans are 20 years old and never been used. I hate cooking so this is a great idea for me to do my succulents.

  23. Becky Cassera says

    You are so cute and I just love how you think outside the box!

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