Skip to Content

How to Paint Plastic Planters for Herbs (+ garden tips from a farmer)

On Monday I shared my DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Markers and you got a glimpse of my blue herb planters too.

We had these faux-stone {actually plastic} planters leftover from the previous owners. Instead of tossing them, we kept them around, thinking a coat of spray paint might fix ’em up.

And now I love ’em.

They are the perfect container for the herbs that we picked up at the Bluegrass Farmers Market last week. Since we are beginners at gardening, I’m so glad we got the herbs at the Farmer’s Market. The farmer explained how to care for each herb and gave us lots of helpful tips, like:

  • they can all be planted together in a container, but put them in the ground for the winter {yes, many of them are perennials!}
  • most of them are very hardy {phew} — pretty much weeds that you can eat
  • the basil is sensitive to the cold, so keep it inside until the soil can remain over 60 degrees {we have it in the little clay pot for now, so we can move it indoors on cooler nights}

You may have noticed that the clay pot with the basil has gotten a paint makeover too. It was inspired by the DIY Potted Herb Favors (#3) from The Sweetest Occasion.

We’re definitely making progress on our patio makeover {UPDATE: You can find the completed Patio Reveal here}. I’m just loving the updates…

… and I’ve already used sweet basil in cooking up some marinara. Yummy.

Do you grow herbs? What are your favorites?


Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

What paint did you use? That color is just about exactly what I'd like. Thank you.

Lora Green

Thursday 5th of August 2021

Wynne - It has been a long time, and I can't recall for sure. My guess is that this would be pretty close to what I used: Krylon ColorMaxx Gloss Spray Paint in Regal Blue. Hope that helps!

Craftivity Designs

Monday 3rd of June 2013

Thanks, Christy! The plastic spray paint did great! Good luck with your deck boxes :)

Christy @ Creating A Beautiful Life

Wednesday 29th of May 2013

I love the blue on your pots! And I'm glad to see they turned out well from painting. We have one of those large plastic deck boxes to hold chair cushions and it's seen better days. I was considering painting it, but wasn't sure how it would turn out. Your pots make me want to go for it! I'm visiting from Inspired Living link party.

Craftivity Designs

Tuesday 28th of May 2013

Thanks, Amie! Good luck on your herbs :)

Craftivity Designs

Tuesday 28th of May 2013

Thanks! So far everything is looking pretty good but we've had tons of rain and mild temps so the weather has been in my favor.