Earth Day is today and my kids have been sharing all kinds of new-to-them info about different ways to take care of this sweet and beautiful earth that takes such good care of us. So far they’ve picked up most of these tips from school so I thought it was time to do a little schooling at home… not that I taught them anything new, but we did do some up-cycling and planting!
Here’s how we made our UP-CYCLED TIN CAN HERB GARDEN:
- .5-inch and/or .75-inch alphabet stickers (we used .5-inch for the water can and .75-inch for all the other tins)
- Empty tin cans (the cilantro is in a larger ‘crushed tomato’ can
- Drill & bit or nail and hammer
- Acrylic paint & brushes
- Painter’s tape
- Rocks from the yard
- Plants or seeds
To Make the Cans – Clean and dry empty cans. Use a drill and bit or nail and hammer to make 3 or 4 holes in the bottom for water to drain. Place alphabet stickers as desired on can. Use painters tape for a dipped paint look, on the opposite end of the can from stickers. Paint until can is covered, drying in between coats if needed.
To Plant Herbs – Place 3 or so rocks in the bottom of can. Add soil and the plant, filling with more soil as needed.
Then water…. and try a taste of each herb.
Or make your big sis do it.
Clip sprigs anytime they are needed for a fancy drink, garnish or dish!
It’s sweet to see their passion for the earth and environment. Until they give me a hard time about using too much water or remind me that the microwave is much more efficient than the oven. Lols.
Do your kids ever so the same?
We’ve come so far from the days of ‘Give a hoot, don’t pollute’! It was such a fresh, new concept when I was young (or at least that’s how I remember it?).