DIY a Picture-Perfect DIY Vertical Herb Garden

You can't go wrong with fresh herbs. Keep your cooking kickin' and your counters flawlessly adorned with this simply delicious garden made with a picture frame.

Frame Vertical Garden
Loading Video...
Show: HGTV Happy

It can be argued that plants are a household's best accessory. They brighten your life, help you relax and make every meal something to savor. You truly can never have too many plants, especially when it comes to the kitchen-friendly additions. Create the perfect kitchen garden with this vertical herb garden made from a shadow box and picture frame. And a bonus, it's petite size is perfect for any countertop.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Materials Needed

  • shadow box
  • wooden frame
  • chalk paint + brush
  • safety gloves
  • chicken wire
  • staple gun + staples
  • industrial strength adhesive
  • moss
  • soil
  • trowel
  • coco sheet
  • herbs
  • chalk marker

Prep Shadow Box + Frame

To begin the process of creating a vertical frame garden, remove the backing of a shadow box as well as the front glass piece. Next, prep a simple wooden frame by covering it in a layer of chalkboard paint. Cover the entire surface of the frame, and allow the paint to dry completely. You may also wish to cover the frame in a waterproof sealant.

Attach Chicken Wire

Cut a piece of chicken wire to fit to the back of the frame. Attach with staples.

Combine Frame + Box

Line the edge of the shadow box with a tight bead of industrial strength adhesive. Working quickly, set the frame over the top of the shadow box, using the adhesive to secure the pieces tightly together. Add a book or to weigh it down, and let the adhesive dry overnight.

Add Soil & Moss

Now it is time to prep the box for the herbs. Flip the box over, and layer in moss until the chicken wire is covered entirely. Press the moss down into the box to pack it tightly together. The next step is to add potting soil. Pack the soil tightly against the mossy layer. Lastly, add a coco sheet, and secure the contents into the box by adding a second piece of chicken wire, stapling it to the shadow box frame.

Add Plants + Labels

Time to add the plants! Using wire cutters, snip the chicken wire around where the plants will be placed to allow enough space for the plants to breathe and grow. Fold back any cut wire and add the desire herbs. Enjoy your vertical garden even more by labeling the plants using a chalk marker.


Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

To water, wait till the soil feels dry to the touch, and simply place under the sink for a light drizzle.

Next Up

DIY This Moody, Mossy Living Dead Succulent Wall Planter

Snag a thrift store frame, some succulents, moss and glue to make this upcycled, scary-meets-stylish succulent wall planter perfect for Halloween — anyone with half a head can make it.

Lavender Trees

Set your sights on growing a lavender tree or topiary.

Do Plant Seeds Go Bad?

Will last year’s flower and veggie seeds grow? Learn what you need to know about seed package dates, germination tests and seed storage.

How to Hang Plants from the Ceiling

Learn the correct steps to securely and safely hang plants from the ceiling.

Make a Mini Blooming Garden Table to Showcase Your Favorite Succulents

Indoor garden tables are trending big time right now, but if you don’t have the space for one, you can make a tabletop version in just a few easy steps. Waterproof a display case for the base and fill it with your favorite plants. You’ll be surprised just how charming a mini blooming table can be.

Make Clay Pinch Pot Hanging Planters to Display Your Fave Succulents

Learn how to make clay pinch pot hanging planters, perfect for mini succulents, with just a few materials and this easy, step-by-step tutorial.

Companion Planting With Cilantro

Cilantro serves as a powerful companion plant in the vegetable garden, attracting beneficial insects that prey on insect pests of a variety of crops, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, beans and more.

DIY Concrete Vintage Camper Planter

Vacation starts now. Your plants can hit the road and see the sights in style in this vintage-inspired concrete camper.

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed Step-by-Step

Take your garden to the next level with this complete plan and step-by-step instructions for an easy raised garden bed DIY project. Your plants (and wallet) will thank you.

How to Make a DIY Hydroponic System

Get growing with your own DIY hydroponic garden system. We've got everything you need to know for getting started in hydroponic gardening.

What's New in Handmade


Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.