Up-cycled Coffee Garden

by Lauren Heroux May. 26, 2017 725 views

Garden planter DIY.

With some simple supplies, you can make your own.

Needed: Soil, plants, coffee bags, scissors.

Pot your plants in up-cycled containers for an even better environmental impact.

Pot your plants in up-cycled containers for an even better environmental impact.

I chose Spearmint here because we use it in one of our most popular summer drinks, The Southern Sparkle!

Ohio grown Spearmint.

Ohio grown Spearmint.

Coffee shops tend to have leftover waste, just like any restaurant. But with this project, you can turn those used coffee bags, coffee grounds (optional), and burlap bags into something new. Some places will even share them for a small fee! Just ask.

Cut an empty coffee bag (from your local coffee shop) just below the degassing valve. Fold over an inch or two for added stability. Straighten the sides and make sure the bottom is flat before adding soil.

Empty five pound coffee bag.

Empty five pound coffee bag.

Add soil and used coffee grounds to the bag.

Add soil and used coffee grounds to the bag.

There are lots of great reasons to utilize used coffee grounds in your garden. Find more info here - http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Coffee-Grounds-in-Your-Garden

This plant was begging to get out of the container!

This plant was begging to get out of the container!

Remove plant from packaging and loosen the roots. I actually split mine in two sections for multiple planters. Place plant in bag and top with more soil.

Don't forget to cover the roots!

Don't forget to cover the roots!

Coffee bag number two.

Coffee bag number two.

When green coffee beans arrive at the roaster, they come in a burlap bag. Roasters go through a LOT of these bags. Some coffee shops and roasters have these bags available for purchase.

They are fantastic for crafting, and make a great finishing touch, for these up-cycled pots!

Cut a single strip from the bag. Staple in place.

Cut a single strip from the bag. Staple in place.

Strips of burlap can be cut thinner and tied in a knot for a more rustic look.

Strips of burlap can be cut thinner and tied in a knot for a more rustic look.

Planters lined up on windowsill.

Planters lined up on windowsill.

I couldn't be happier with the way they came out. We have gotten a lot of compliments and the mint plants are thriving!

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Ram Ya 3 years, 4 months ago

Great DIY project. Do you own or work at a coffee shop? 
Thanks for sharing these tips with all of us grinning

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Lauren Heroux Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks! Yes, I am the GM of a coffee shop in a college town!

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Ram Ya Replied to Lauren Heroux 3 years, 4 months ago

Nice to e-meet you, Lauren. Great seeing DIY posts here in PB!

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