Vertical Herb Garden with a Standing Shower Caddy

Vertical Herb Garden with a Standing Shower Caddy

Last month, I introduced my three-part upcycled herb garden series with Part 1- by sowing herb seeds in rusty, thrifted muffin tins / pans as starter pots! But several weeks have since passed and it’s time to bring you Part 2, which involves another repurposed thrift store find: A standing shower caddy.

Standing shower caddy to be upcycled into vertical herb garden for potted herbs by Sadie Seasongoods /

I had been wanting a way to create a vertical herb garden for our front porch in order to maximize space. Our front porch isn’t tiny, but a linear herb garden wasn’t ideal- so, like big city architecture, I needed to go up, not out! And an upright, standing shower caddy was an excellent option for holding potted herbs. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling a Standing Shower Caddy for Potted Herbs

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking- eww, gross, a secondhand shower caddy. And I get that, I really do! But that’s what gloves, a good cleaning, and spray paint are for, right? Plus, I really need to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to buying secondhand…as much as possible.

So, let’s get to it! First order of business was cleaning it as much as possible. Using a scrubby metal wire brush, I was able to remove a lot of the grossness. I wore gloves and did it outside, so it really wasn’t all that bad- I swear! And canned air (an unsung hero in my crafty, cleaning world) blew away the scatter from my brush.

Cleaning a standing shower caddy before repurposing into a vertical garden planter for porch or balcony by Sadie Seasongoods /

Now relatively clean, I got ready to spray paint the standing shower caddy. I used a dark bronze paint to give it a fresh, but vintage-y appearance. Of course, this is a completely optional step. But, I’m not a huge fan of chrome and wanted something darker for my vertical herb garden since it’ll be living on our front porch.

Spray painting metal or standing shower caddy for upcycling into vertical garden planter by Sadie Seasongoods /

And you know what? It made a HUGE difference on the standing shower caddy. It’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do…

Upcycling a standing shower caddy into a vertical planter for potted herbs by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ok- that’s it! The standing shower caddy is ready for plants…but they still need to be transplanted. I gathered my muffin tins to transplant the surviving seedlings. Why do I say surviving? Well…a certain fluffy kitty (ahem, Cottonball) slept on them in the window…and “cooked” a few of them…

ANYWAY, let’s focus on the surviving seedlings! I easily tore off the top portion of each muffin paper and used a plastic spoon to scoop out my potted seedling! So, it worked really, really well- making it super easy to transplant into a larger pot.

Transplanting seedlings into herb pots to go in vertical garden planter or balcony garden by Sadie Seasongoods /

I used 5” jiffy pots for my plants because they fit my caddy the best. See? My little seedlings are ready to flourish (and can be separated and repotted again later, as needed).

And yes, I know the jiffy pots are only temporary- which is fine! I’ve got raised garden beds in the backyard that I can transplant these into later on when the plants are bigger! But for now, these potted herbs are exactly what I need.

Potted herbs to go in a standing shower caddy to become a vertical herb garden by Sadie Seasongoods /

A Vertical Herb Garden with a Standing Shower Caddy

After repotting everything (including herb plants purchased from a local organic farm…to subsidize my garden, thanks to Cottonball!), I placed them in my standing shower caddy.

How to convert a standing shower caddy into a vertical herb garden for potted herbs by Sadie Seasongoods /

Of course, I couldn’t leave well-enough alone and created a Spring porch vignette with my salvaged picket fence. An antique rake head hangs on the fence and holds some garden tools and my vintage watering can for easy access. Plus, it just looks cute and cheery!

Vertical herb garden for potted herbs made from a standing shower caddy for balcony garden by Sadie Seasongoods /

What a perfect vertical herb garden for a small space like a front porch or balcony. And a great way to upcycle a standing shower caddy, if I do say so myself!

If you like this upcycling idea, then you may be interested in even more inspiration for upcycled garden planters with this post!

Upcycling ideas and repurposed projects for garden planters, garden pots, unique planters, and flower box ideas compiled by Sadie Seasongoods /

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  1. Your herb garden is great… and looks so nice. 🙂

  2. Love it! I keep telling myself to grow herbs in small pots. This just might be the ticket

  3. This is so clever! I love it!

  4. Fonda Rush says

    Hmmm…nice use of the shower caddy! I could use something like that! And, the picket fence piece! I love those, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use them in my yard. I’ll keep my hopes up, though.

  5. acraftymix says

    Stunning Sarah, that’s such a great idea. Those little seedlings are going to grow so beautifully and Cottonball won’t be able to cook them 😉 Awww what would we do without our purr babies

  6. reinventedkb says

    That’s a great idea. It looks like it was made to be an herb garden.
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  7. I love how that turned out!! What a great idea!

  8. Ingenious! I’ve been looking for ideas for a mini herb garden. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  9. Great idea to us the shower caddy!

  10. Oh my goodness, I have that exact same shower caddy! I am so doing this! 🙂

    I’d like to invite you to share this at the Farmhouse Friday link party. I will share it with a direct link back to your post on all my social media, including on the DIY Farmhouse Style Facebook group. The link party opens Friday morning at 6am PST. I hope to see you there! 🙂

  11. You put me to shame with your creative up-cycling!! Did you see my vertical herb garden this week? Of course I am not nearly as creative as you, I went out and bought the things to assemble mine! Enjoy those herbs! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!!

  12. The picket fence is a nice backdrop for the caddy. You must be the envy of the neighborhood and I would love to be your neighbor. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  13. Super cute! Featuring you tomorrow!

  14. When I walk into a thrift store, know what I mutter under my breath these days? WWSSGD?

    And since no answer comes, I’m leaving the genius up to you. Continue on. LOVE this idea!

    I’ve featured you in this upcoming DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 376. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      LOVE. IT. I need #WWSSGD? on a t-shirt, stat!!! Thank you so, so much for the party love. Pinning the party collage right now!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this at Farmhouse Friday! Shared and pinned! 🙂

  16. Me again! 🙂 Just wanted to let you know this will be featured tomorrow at the Farmhouse Friday link party #3!

  17. Where Can I Find A FREE STANDING Shower Caddy? (Even A New 1 Like That) Actually, I went on a “perfect” shower caddy search a couple of years ago to use in my shower and besides the price varying hugely, even when the quality didn’t, was basically 2 different design shower caddies that hung all their weight around the shower head or ones that had a vertical tension rod that had to be braced between the floor & the ceiling. All the rest were not much bigger than a bar of soap and usually 2 tiered. The shower caddy pictured is much bigger than what I saw unless it originaly costs over $115 (my search limit). Thanks!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hi, Kris- this one is similar to what I found at the thrift store (affiliate): Would that work?

      • Thanks, for the very fast reply! When I clicked on the link & now I see a bunch of affordable free standing options even in Amazon’s ads. I really like your blog too! Keep it up. I’ll be reading 🙂

  18. Fran Powell says

    I have a question, what happens when those pots fall apart? Aren’t they meant to be placed in the soil so we don’t disturb the roots?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      As long as you don’t overwater your herbs, these pots will hold up ok- but I have every intention of transplanting them. I just needed 5″ pots to fit my specific shower caddy and couldn’t locate plastic pots in time.

  19. Great idea! Perfect for a garden DIY, you did a great job.


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