Hanging Coffee Cup Herb Garden

Hanging Coffee Cup Herb Garden

I have always wanted a little herb garden within easy reach for some fresh herbs when cooking. I’ve tried the kitchen window sill method but the plants never seem to make it due to not getting enough light. I decided this year to create a little hanging garden that I can hang outdoors ensuring the ‘right’ conditions and still have fresh cuttings to use within an arm reach.I began by finding four enamel coated metal coffee cups that were perfect to withstand the outdoor elements. {you know, the ones that are normally used as camping cookware}

Using a hand drill, I drilled holes right above the handles that will be used for hanging the cups.

Each cup received a coat of spray primer and a light sanding to the edges as I wanted the final product to have a distressed finish. Using the hand drill again, I then drilled a few holes into the bottom of each cup to help with water drainage.

For a colorful fun, whimsical look, each pot then received a final coat of spray paint. The colors used were Rustoleum Harbor Blue, Krylon Gloss Celery, Krylon Bright Idea, and Krylon Satin Ivory. Once dry the edges were sanded once again.

I then planted four of my favorite fresh herbs into each cup; Sage, Thyme, Dill and Parsley. Tiny pebbles were place in the very bottom before planting to help with drainage and prevent root damage.

For markers, I took apart two wooden clothespins leaving me with four ‘stakes’. Each received a coat of ivory spray paint and the edges were sanded. Using some scrapbooking mini alphabet stamps, the names of each herb were stamped using black ink.

Twine was then tied to each up {using the pre-drill holes} to hang at cascading levels.

A metal key ring was used for the hanger in which each piece of twine was looped on.

I just adore my new little hanging herb garden!

So far these plants are thriving in their new home. I like having the option to quickly move them to a new spot though, if for some reason I see them starting to fail.

As an added plus I’m lovin’ the fun whimsical colors it brings to my outdoor space too! Enjoy!


  1. How fun! You are so clever! I love it!

  2. Such a great idea! I always kill plants like that never have the right spot.

  3. LOVE IT!!! This is why yours is my favorite blog! I feel like a stalker. I run to the computer in the morning to see what you have posted 🙂 Thanks for the great ideas they are keeping me up at night!

  4. Oh my gosh, this is SO cute!

  5. Great job! A beautiful solution to a problem, those are always the best. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  6. Stellar idea! I will feature it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  7. Brilliant! I have such a hard time with container plants. Perhaps you can dream up a system for watering them– like those glass balls with the terra cotta stakes (too bad those are sooo exp!!!) I’m loving your site!!

  8. Fabulous! I love how you painted and distressed the cups — it definitely adds even more character to an already charming project.

  9. Super fun and adorable – I can tell by your latest posts that you are all about the outdoors…

  10. Snazzy colors! And oh so cute!


    Sheila 🙂

  11. too cute-added to my to-do list 🙂

  12. You continue to amaze me everyday! I think I am doing good if I get 1 project done every week! This is so cute and I love the colors!

  13. LOVE that!

  14. I absolutely love this idea. You come up with the neatest stuff!

  15. This is a great idea. All my herbs are planted in one container but this would work so much better!

  16. Super cute! I love the coffee cups. Great idea!

  17. C





    Love it!

  18. This is such a good idea! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing!

  19. Great Tutorial!! This is such a cute idea!

  20. So so cute! What a fun idea!

  21. Wow! I just started following, and I love love love this idea. =) can’t wait to see all your past and future posts, thanks for sharing!

  22. That is such a cute idea!

  23. I love it!!! Great idea!!! I love to grow herbs in my house, but i need a cute way to do it, and I found it now!!! Thanks!!!
    I am a new follower!

  24. I’ve been thinking herbs. I love this idea.

  25. That is so clever! I don’t have much room on my patio (which I posted about today just as you post this), and this would have been a great thing. Maybe next year! Thanks for the idea.

  26. Super C*U*T*E!

    [email protected]

  27. what can I say everyone already said it !

  28. What a fabulous idea! Your blog is oozing with creativity. Love it!

  29. That is a beautiful idea! So very clever!!

  30. These are amazing! I love the look, the colors, the whimsy!!! Great job and thanks for sharing. Love the paver planters too.

  31. SO cute! I will be featuring this on Friday.

  32. i am loving all your green idea
    this one is great even for apartment people like me

    really awesome work

  33. you’re seriously a genius. these are so stinkin’ cute, and i love the whole idea. i wish i knew what seasonings to use for what food…i have no idea what to add to things. but i would make this if i did!

  34. Too darn CUTE!! You made those blue mugs beautiful! 🙂

  35. That is so cute!! I’m a new follower, glad I found you 🙂

  36. What a darling idea!! Such a creative take on something typically so ordinary…I absolutely love it!! I will be gathering supplies to make my own, thanks so much for sharing!

    Love the blog by the way!

  37. What a great, creative and functional idea. I wish I could think/create like you.

  38. That is an extraordinarily good idea…must try it in my small townhouse courtyard…when it’s the right season in my part of the world!

  39. Wow, I’m seriously impressed! What a great idea. I don’t have much in the way of a yard – but this I can do! Thanks soooooo much for the brilliant idea. Oh and I love the colors you used. So cute.

  40. Stephanie —

    You are too amazing! Another wonderful project. I am in love with this!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the CSI Project! We really appreciate it. I hope you will come back next week for our Hardware Store challenge!


  41. These are beautiful!

  42. Absolutely so clever! This is gorgeous and genius at the same time! This would even be pretty with small flowering plants….oh, you’ve got my wheels turning now. Thanks for posting this great idea!

  43. This is my new favorite blog! I kill silk plants, but would love to try this idea.

  44. What a clever idea! I’m trying to figure out a fun and frugal way to display my tiny herb garden too. Your innovative post has given me inspiration; thank you!

  45. This is the cutest idea! My mom and I were just talking about herb gardens tonight and this is so clever!

  46. Oh for cuteness sake!! That is just too clever!! I’ve so enjoyed having you link on Poppies at Play. You’re the life of the party!! Thanks so much!
    Have a great summer and I’ll be checking in on your crazy talented blog!!

  47. This is the cutest. I have the cups already, off to drillem and hangem! Thanks!

  48. Sooo Cute… love the enamel cups… love the colors!!

    Kendra @ Creative Ambitions

  49. I love it! The colors of the cups look fabulous! 🙂 I’m already thinking of other plants that I can place on the cups. Flowers maybe? 🙂

  50. That is a really unique idea!

  51. Awesome idea! I love it!

  52. Another winsome idea, Stephanie. Now I need to find some camping mugs!

  53. Darling! great idea.

  54. I love this…thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!!!

  55. What an awesome idea, very nicely done!

    Visiting from somewhat simple.

  56. so cute! off to buy coffee cups…..I have none. But thrift store, here I come. Thanks for posting.

  57. So ironic……I misspelled genius…..haha.

  58. Absolutely awesome! Love those herb pots! I’m thinking of trying that for my deck…it’d also be cute with flowers in the cups.

  59. Found your from Somewhat Simple – love this idea – may be just what I need to finish my front porch. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Jen @ Noting Grace

  60. Oh my word – another fabulously cute herb garden! I’m gonna be inspired to add herb garden to my list now.

    This would be the perfect addition to my Garden Party if you get a chance to stop by and join the fun!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  61. Very clever! I featured this in my Friday Favorites…


  62. oh my word! I love that! I’m wanting to try growing herbs this yr., I think it’s because I watch way too much Food Network LOL

  63. Yup.. another stunner from Miss Stephanie Lynn. Seriously, I think you could flip a toilet brush into a must have!

    I love this idea! (not the toilet brush)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!

  64. Love it! What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  65. Cute! I may have to copy it!

  66. I love this idea!

    Thanks 4 sharing 🙂

  67. This is waaaaaaay too cute!!!

  68. That is a brilliant and totally adorable project–I love it!!!
    Smiles, Karen

  69. I simply loooove this idea!!!! this is going to be my weekend project!

  70. I love this idea. I grow herbs each year, but this would be so cute to hang by the kitchen door.


  71. Very cute! Thanks for sharing this adorable herb garden!

  72. Thanks for another great idea!

  73. What a fun idea! I am addicted to collecting the blue enamelware, but I rarely use it for it’s intended purpose. For myself, I won’t paint them, but I will copy the idea for sure! How fun it will be to actually use my enamelware on my deck in the summer months!

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  75. That is pretty bloomin’ neat! You’re awesome! I’m going to have to give this a swing. If that’s not one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is.

  76. Cute idea but dill grows way to huge to plant in a cup.

  77. Oh man, I saw you on Infarantely Creative, and had to stop by to say WOW. However the whole blogging world has already been drooling over your invention, but anyway, one more comment can’t hurt right.

    This is a crazy cool, and awesome idea, and I WANT TO DO IT. Thanks so much for the great inspiration!!!

    I am FEATURING this on my facebook, and adding it to my Pinterest — GARDEN AND OUTDOOR IDEAS.

    Have a wonderful day STephanie!!

    Also if you get a chance, hope you can come over to see how I make the EASIEST chicken curry ever, using rotisserie chicken, and enter to win your own MAGIC Chicken Curry Mix.

    Hugs, Bella 🙂

  78. I’ve put together a round up of fin garden crafts on Craft Gossip today and included your post. 🙂 You can see it here

    If you would like a Craft Gossip badge showing you’ve been featured, you can grab one here 🙂

  79. Umm FUN not fin! LOL

  80. This is an adorable idea! I love the colors and it is so decorative yet purposeful. 🙂

  81. This would be perfect for an outdoor garden kitchen area

  82. Very cute idea! The insides of the cups are not painted, right? I would be concerned about the paint affecting the plants. I mean in a way of making them unsafe to eat.

  83. cant wait to try it! 🙂



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