7 Easy DIY Garden Gift Ideas

Need inspiration for low-cost, personal garden gifts that your friends and family will love?  With a little creative thinking, you can easily make your own affordable presents.

7 Easy DIY Garden Gift Ideas to Make - Give gifts that keep on giving. | The Micro Gardener

Here are seven economical, unique gift ideas to inspire you.


1.      Tin Can Herb Planters

Mini windowsill herb gardens are a favourite with just about everyone. To make these low cost gifts, save tin cans from your kitchen and reuse as cute container gardens.


Tin can herb container gardens make easy, economical gifts | The Micro Gardener

Make one or a collection. This is a gift you can keep adding to throughout the year with new herbs!

Tutorial: Simply Healthy Fam

Punch drainage holes in the base of the tin can with a hammer and nail. Plant a herb seedling into a small pot filled with quality potting mix and put inside the tin can cachepot (outer decorative pot). This preserves the life of your metal container and avoids possible leaching of any chemicals into the soil. For non-edibles, you may choose to plant directly into the tin can.


Mini painted pot  and saucer with tool + seeds inside gift idea | The Micro Gardener

Instead of planting seedlings in a tin can, use a terracotta pot + saucer as the wrap AND present. Inside add seeds, plant marker & a small bag of seed raising mix.


Leave your pot plain or decorate the outside with non-toxic paint, hessian, ribbon, a splash of black chalkboard paint or write on the herb name. Add a tag with care instructions and your favourite herb recipe or tool. Download your free printable DIY Seed Packet Template now!


2.      Herb Salt in Recycled Jars

If you have a few extra herbs in your garden why not dry them and make up some tasty herb salt in jars?  This is such a quick and easy gift to make especially if you recycle your jars!


How to preserve herbs with sea salt tutorial | The Micro Gardener

Attractive and aromatic, herb salt will store well for about 6 months

Tutorial @ Pure Grace Farms


Whether you use this gift idea or want to bottle up some surplus produce or herb tea, here’s a chemical-free way to get your jars clean.


Easy way to clean your jars and remove the sticky label and glue residue without using harsh chemicals. | The Micro Gardener

Repurposed glass jars can be used to store seeds, plant tags and ties, plant labels, preserves, jams and dried herbs. Tie with string & a sprig of fresh rosemary.


3.      DIY Plant Labels

Most gardeners love accessories for their toolkit. Plant markers are no exception. Making a set to give is quick, easy and low cost. Gather some flat shells or large smooth rocks and using non-toxic paint, add plant names. Embellish as creatively as you like. These practical plant labels double as garden art!


Painted herb plant markers on smooth rocks - garden gift idea | The Micro Gardener

Keep it simple or make them decorative! Painted rock plant markers are a personal gift perfect for pots and planters.

 Via: August Wren


If you’re not so crafty, there are plenty of ready-made alternatives. A set of vegetable or herb markers can be paired with seeds to sow.

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4.      Garden in a Box

One of the easiest gardens to give can be made in a repurposed polystyrene box. Many grocers give them away for free, avoiding landfill.


Kids Salad Garden in a Box - a gift that keeps on giving. | The Micro Gardener

The boxes already have drainage holes and can be filled with potting mix, seeds and seedlings and even painted to suit the lucky recipient.


They make the perfect child’s garden and can be themed with edibles such as a Salad Bar (lettuce, radish and leafy salad greens); a Herb Garden (culinary or medicinal herbs) or Stir Fry Box (Asian vegies, coriander and spring onions).  Follow my tutorial to make your own Instant Veggie Garden in a Box.


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5.      Seed Tape

If you have saved seeds from your garden and have some to share, making seed tape is an easy way to sow some love in other people’s gardens.


Homemade DIY seed tape gardener gift | The Micro Gardener

Flowers or small vegetable seeds like carrots and radishes that need to be planted closely work especially well.

Tutorial @ Givers Log


Seeds are ‘glued’ down one by one at regular intervals with a paste made from flour and water. Apply with an artist’s brush onto a thin strip of paper towel or toilet paper.


DIY Seed tape gift - sow love in other people's gardens. A gift that keeps on giving. | The Micro Gardener

Roll the seed tape up into a scroll and store in an airtight tin or container.


Add a tag or seed envelope with growing instructions. To plant, just roll out the amount of tape needed onto soil or seed raising mix, cover with more mix, water in and watch them grow!


6.      Micro Garden in a Creative Container

Get some inspiration for creative planter ideas and upcycle a container – just sow some colour, herbs or edibles for a gift that keeps on giving!


Creative container ideas - upcycled planters made from gumboots, oversized cup and saucer, colander and basket. | The Micro Gardener

Use your imagination for containers you can upcycle as gifts like these ones I've made.

Follow my easy tutorial to make your own creative planter.


7.      Gardener’s Bucket Storage Seat

Turn a 20 litre/5 gallon bucket and lid into a practical all weather garden seat, with tool pocket and internal storage for garden supplies.


DIY Garden Seat & Tool Storage | The Micro Gardener

If you're crafty, sew a washable pocket caddy to tie around the outside of the bucket & add padding to the lid.

Tutorial via Ladybird Ln


Here’s another option if you’d rather paint it.


DIY Garden Seat Upcycled Painted Bucket | The Micro Gardener

This would also make a great garden gift for children filled with their own seed packets, pots, small tools and potting mix to get started.

Via A Hen & Her Chicks


If you don’t want to make your own then consider a ready-made option like this Garden Bucket Caddy.


Garden bucket caddy - provides storage & makes it easy to carry all your essentials when you’re out in the garden with pockets for mobile phone, tools + drink bottle. | The Micro Gardener

Garden bucket caddy - provides storage & makes it easy to carry all your essentials when you’re out in the garden with pockets for mobile phone, tools + drink bottle.


All Wrapped Up


Making your own personalised gift wrapping paper is so easy – especially if you get children involved! Hand drawn pictures can be a treasured memory for the recipient as well as the gift they are used to wrap.


Make your own wrapping paper | The Micro Gardener

Make your own wrapping paper - it's quick, cheap & fun!

Pieces by Polly


Or use a knife to carve a pattern into the flat surface of a cut potato and dip these vegetable ‘stamps’ into non-toxic paint to create a unique print on a roll of paper. Pine cones, leaves, a sprig of fresh rosemary, pressed flowers or a cinnamon quill can be used to decorate gifts as a final touch. Perfect for homemade Christmas gifts or occasion.


Creative ways to wrap potted plant or flower gifts | The Micro Gardener

Creative ways to wrap potted plant or flower gifts | The Micro Gardener

Via Stephanie Lynn


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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “7 Easy DIY Garden Gift Ideas”

  1. Eithneon 27 Jan 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I love your simple and cost effective ideas….. I will definitely be using them throughout the year Thank You

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  4. Jenny Hickinbothamon 07 Nov 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I want to know how to make the herb teas? As well as where to buy the accessory bucket in Australia? Thanks brilliant contribution I will make as much as I can.

  5. Anne Gibsonon 08 Nov 2014 at 10:10 am

    Hi Jenny
    I have an article ‘How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden‘ which provides tips on making herb teas that I hope you will enjoy. Also, if you subscribe to my Newsletter you receive a complimentary copy of my eBook ‘A Sow Simple Guide to Using Herbs for Health‘ or you can purchase this in my SHOP. It’s packed with tips on using herbs for health in simple, easy ways.
    Which accessory bucket are you looking for Jenny?
    Cheers, Anne

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