Re-purpose Glass Jars Into Seed Starters

Do you have an empty pasta sauce jar? Then you can TOTALLY start your own personal indoor herb garden! It’s so easy!


Old glass jars/containers or wide-mouth mason jars
Warm water
Dish soap
Rubbing alcohol
Paper towel
Masking tape
Black chalk paint
Paint brush
Rocks, gravel, pebbles, or marbles
Potting mix, preferably moisture control
Herb seeds of choice*


1. Rinse out your old glass jar thoroughly with soap and water.
2. If removing a label, let jar soak in warm water mixed with dish soap for 30 minutes. Remove label. It should come off easily! Dry glass jar thoroughly.
3. Prepare outside of glass jar for chalk paint by first removing any residues. Place a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a piece of paper towel and gently rub the side of the glass jar you wish to paint over.
4. Use masking tape to tape off a rectangle on the side of the glass jar. This is where your chalkboard label will be so make sure you get it to be the size you want.
5. Once you have rectangle you want, apply chalk paint with a paint brush. Let dry 1 hour. (For best results, apply a thick, smooth layer in one stroke. If you want to apply another coat, allow the first coat fully dry before applying.)
6. Remove masking tape. With chalk, write the herb you choose to plant on the new chalkboard label.
7. Add about 1-2 inches of rocks, gravel, pebbles, or marbles to your glass jar. Then fill the jar with potting mix, leaving some space at the top for more potting mix after planting the seeds, about 1 inch.
8. Plant herbs seeds of choice* and top with a small handful of potting mix. Lightly water the top of the soil.
9. Place indoor near a windowsill or on a countertop that receives ample sunlight. Be sure to read instructions on the back of the herb seed packet for proper maintenance.
10. Watch your herbs start to grow!

*NOTE: Not all herbs are able to thrive in a glass jar forever; for some, a glass jar is suitable as a garden starter only. Keep this in mind when selecting herb seeds!

Enjoy your garden!