DIY Gold Painted Herb Pots

DIY Gold Herb Pots

DIY Gold Herb Pots

DIY Gold Herb Pots

When we’re asked about our favorite healthy cooking tip, without hesitation we answer, “Grow and cook with fresh herbs!” A handful of these fresh and healthy leaves can brighten up just about any dish, from savory to sweet.

In Indiana, the itch to plant starts this first or second week in May: the days get longer, and there’s enough sun in the morning to make you want to jump out of bed and get outside. We got the itch last weekend, and picked up some herb starts from a local farmer’s market.

DIY Gold Herb Pots

This year, we decided to snazz up our pots a bit. If you like the look, here’s what you need:

  • Standard clay pots (from any local hardware store)
  • Metallic gold spray paint (same as above)
  • Alphabet stickers (we got ours at Staples)

The painting process is simple:

  1. Apply the alphabet stickers with the names of your herbs.
  2. Apply one coat of gold spray paint and let dry for at least 2 hours.
  3. Apply a second coat of gold spray paint and let dry for another 2 hours.
  4. Remove the stickers.

After drying, filling the pots with plants takes almost no work (see our How to Grow Fresh Herbs video). Just put a few stones in the bottom of the pots for drainage, add some potting soil, and plant the starts. We recommend using starts over seeds because you’ll get to use them a whole lot sooner! Our finished pots are now sitting in the sun on our front porch — a few quick steps from our kitchen, and a bright green and gold welcome to all visitors.

In addition to these pots, we have more in the garden this year! Duplicates of all four of these (just in case), as well as  lavender, cilantro, chives, lemon thyme, mint, sage, and some newcomers: cutting celery and epazote.

DIY Gold Herb Pots

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.


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    May 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    What a fun and fruitful DIY – can’t wait to do this!!

    xo, ellie
    With Love From Ellie

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    May 11, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    So pretty! My roommate and I are starting a balcony garden this summer, arugula is starting to pop up out of the soil and we’re so stinking excited. I love this idea, simple and totally upscales your garden!

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    May 11, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I can’t wait until we buy our herbs!! (aka mint for mojitos and basil for pesto) These gold pots are soooo up my alley. You guys are the cutest.

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      May 12, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      You should definitely make some golden pots! I can’t believe it’s nearly mojito and pesto season already :)

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    dixya@food, pleasure, and health
    May 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    this is so pretty.

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    May 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Ooh epazote, how cool! I’ve only ever used the dried stuff, would be interesting to find out how that goes :)

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      May 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      I know! We’ve never tried fresh epazote either. I look forward to tossing it in with beans :)

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