Repurpose/upcycle your old baking tins and make a herb planter for your kitchen!

use old baking tins to make an indoor herb planter for your kitchen / grillo designs


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I have a confession to make.

I like to collect baking tins…. Large ones, small ones, round ones, square ones, pastry ones. I like them all and I’ve built up quite the collection this past year.

But here’s where it gets super weird. I don’t bake. I can’t bake. And that’s not to say I haven’t tried because I really have!



There was that time I attempted to make a peach cake for my wedding anniversary and spent the majority of the evening trying to digest what felt like a rock. Or the time when I thought adding a cup of salt to my sponge cake mix would cancel out the extra cup of sugar I had added by mistake …..

I guess its true what they say…’one does not simply try baking’. And that ‘one really can scar ones husbands for life if one doesn’t stop trying to prove otherwise’.

So at this point you’re probably thinking, if this chic isn’t using these tins to bake cakes, why on earth is she collecting them? Well, for repurposing reasons …obviously. (CLICK HERE FOR ANOTHER BAKING TIN UPCYCLE IDEA)

And because I just like baking tins – which we’ve kind of already established right?



Its that time again! You know, where myself and 6 other bloggers get together to make something totally awesome in just 10 mins? Last month’s theme was all about organising and this months theme is planters!


10 minute diy challenge - this months theme is herb planters / grillo designs


Can you guess what I did?

I’ll just tell you, as this is kinda out there as far as ideas go. Inspired by this image on Pinterest, I took the largest baking tin from my collection and upcycled it into a herb planter for my kitchen. I’ll show you how!


Before and after of diy herb planter / grillo designs


You can see what my other blogging friends made for this quick DIY challenge by scrolling right to the bottom of this post.




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1. Place your baking tin on a hard surface and then your plastic sheet on top.


baking tin used to make this indoor herb planter / grillo designs


2. With your sharpie pen, draw around the baking tin (alternatively you can just flip the baking tin on to the plastic and draw an outline that way). Your final shape should resemble a semi circle.


FYI – this is what the IKEA  FISKBO fame looks like.


ikea fiskbo frame used to make the herb planter / grillo designs

3. Cut the shape out with very sharp scissors. Try not to rush this part, or the plastic will crack!


To make a covering for your herb garden, cut out a semi circle for the baking tin /grillo designs


4. Next apply a thin line of gorilla glue around the baking tin edges and stick your plastic semi circle over it. The glue takes  about 20-30 sec seconds to dry (and a day to cure). Ensure you press the plastic down hard to get a really good seal – you don’t want water leaking out.


use gorilla glue to make this diy herb planter / grillo designs


5. Add in stones and gravel to the base of your herb planter for water drainage (you can read more about indoor herb growing here if you are a beginner at this)


add stones for drainage in this diy herb planter / grillo designs



Add a layer of potting soil and then plant your herbs! 


a selection of herbs to put in the herb planter / grillo designs


I chose parsley, rosemary and mint. They smell unbelievable in my kitchen!


easy tutorial on how to make a herb planter / grillo designs


You can either lean your herb planter against the wall on your countertops or hang on the wall. I chose to hang it buy pre-drilling a small hole at the top centre and hammering into the wall with a heavy duty nail!

What’s your verdict? Are you liking this repurposed baking tin idea?


diy indoor herb planter attached to wall / grillo designs


wall herb planter / grillo designs


Since I started out with a confession,  I feel it only right to end with a promise to repent my sins and change my weird baking tin fetish ways.

In other words, no more late nights phone prowling….. err I mean scrolling eBay  for baking pans to buy. When my ‘purchase thumb’ gets that uncontrollable urge to tap ‘BID’;  I’ll just stick it in my mouth instead and revert back to my thumb sucking days (oops now that’s two confessions!)



how to make a herb planter from baking tins / grillo designs



Make sure to check out all of the other ladies who are sharing #10MinuteDIYs!

by Brittany G / Love Create Celebrate / Pocketful of Posies / D.N.A. Designs / Uncookie Cutter / Twelve on Main


10 minute diys - diy herb planters / grillo designs


……these other herb planter ideas….gotta say for someone who ‘supposedly’ isn’t  blessed with green thumbs, I sure do talk a lot about plants!






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