DIY Upcycled Indoor Herb Garden

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DIY Upcycled Indoor Herb Garden

DIY Upcycled Indoor Herb Garden

DIY Upcycled Indoor Herb Garden

This is probably going to sound silly, but I’ve always wanted to be one of those people with fresh herbs in her kitchen! Makes me feel like I know what I’m doing, even if all the mint is admittedly for mojitos. I’ve wanted to do an indoor herb garden forever, and I finally found the perfect little containers. We teamed up with Aveeno (a brand I’ve been using for years!) on their Care to Recycle movement to create our upcycled indoor herb garden from some of my old lotion containers. It’s a perfect way to give old bottles another purpose.

I think I’ve been using Aveeno since college. Isn’t that crazy?! When I find something I love, I tend to stick with it. The Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Lotion is the perfect weight, never greasy, and nixes my dry skin right away. It actually was my savior this winter — my skin gets really dry during cold seasons but a daily dose of this stuff kept me on track. So now that I’ve got all of these empty bottles, I’m putting them to good use. Read on if you want to do the same!


  • Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Lotion or Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash bottles (available at
  • saw or strong scissors/shears
  • adhesive vinyl
  • potted herbs or potting soil with seeds

Make Time: 10 Minutes per pot

DIY Upcycled Indoor Herb Garden

Step 1: Take your empty bottle and toss the cap or pump. If you have access to a saw (we used miter saw), saw the bottle in half. If not, you can get through it with strong, sharp scissors. Cut all your bottles in half and rinse out the insides. Recycle the top portion.

Step 2: Remove the label sticker from the bottle.

Step 3: Cut a piece of adhesive vinyl large enough to cover the lower half of the bottle. Peel away the backing and place it on the front of the bottle. Smooth down any air bubbles.

Step 4: When you round the side of the bottle with your vinyl, you’ll need to make a 1″ slit in the bottom of the vinyl and overlap it onto itself. This helps it conform to the curve of the bottle. If it’s easier, you can also apply your vinyl in two sections (front and back).

Step 5: Use scissors to trim away excess vinyl. Cover all of your empty bottles in the same way.

Step 6: Plant your herbs! You can plant grown herbs or plant some seeds in potting soil and wait for them to spring up.

If you’re not feeling crafty but just want to get rid of your bottles responsibly, recycle them! Throw away the pump portion (they’re not recyclable), rinse the remaining bottle, and toss it in your recycling bin. One of our family goals this year has been to make less waste, and I’m so glad to know that one of my favorite companies is trying to help make a difference too. It might feel like a small act, but when we all act together to care for our world we can make big changes. 🙂

I’m loving my little herb garden! The plants are so cheerful sitting on our counter, and we make way less waste than when we buy fresh herbs at the store. And now if you’ll excuse me, I have some cilantro to chop — it’s guacamole night. xoxo

DIY Upcycled Indoor Herb Garden

DIY Upcycled Indoor Herb Garden

DIY Upcycled Indoor Herb Garden

This post is sponsored by Aveeno. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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  1. Love this! Silly question, but do you need to poke holes in the bottom for drainage?
    Also, thanks for teaching me something new — I didn’t know the pumps weren’t recyclable! ?

    1. Not a silly question at all, doll! I didn’t poke holes, just watered sparingly, But it would be a piece of cake to drill a few small drainage holes as an added step! Hope this helps xoxo

  2. DUUUDE!!! (ETTE!)
    i have so many lotion and shampoo and conditioner bottles that just go to waste!
    this is genius!

    my mom is currently turning our backyard into a jungle so this is a great, budget friendly idea!


  3. Wish I had seen this before I recycled my Aveeno lotion bottles. I always turn them upside down to get “all” the lotion out. Won’t make throw away again. Thanks.

  4. I just stumpled across your blog and now I am stuck here for the next few hours possibly. I love the look of you kitchen and also the herb garden and – secretly- I also want to be that type of person having a herb garden in there kitchen.
    I will go on reading and I also loooove your pictures!


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