Easy DIY Plant Markers Made From Junk
Easy DIY Plant Markers
Want to repurpose throw-away items and yard waste into trendy plant markers? Here are some simple ideas to try.
Recycled Materials to Use as Garden Markers
Small, cute and simple to make, wine cork plant markers are particularly appropriate for kitchen container gardens and herb gardens. They require only two bits of junk—old wine corks and lengths of sturdy coat hanger wire.
First, cut coat hanger wire to the length desired with tin snips or wire cutters. Then, insert the lengths of wire into wine corks on which plant names have been written, and voilà—you're done!
Don't have an old coat hanger? Used chopsticks work just as well.
If you've saved the plastic plant tags that came with your nursery pot plants, you can easily make sleek plant markers from metal kitchen skewers. First, cut the tags to desired shapes, then make a hole in each with a hole puncher. Fit the tags over the skewers' rounded handles, and your plant markers are ready to use.
Have a bottle tree in your garden? Then you definitely need matching plant markers! Simply stencil or paint plant names onto empty wine bottles with acrylic paint, then spray with sealant before fitting them over sticks.
Great for marking garden rows, these sweet plant markers require only three items: a Mason jar, a paint stirrer and a seed packet. Place an empty seed packet over the end of a paint stirrer, stick the other end of the stirrer in the ground and top it off with a Mason jar to protect the packet from the elements. (Old silverware or rulers could also be used in place of stirrers.)
Even if you take care of them, like wooden cutting boards, wooden spoons can only be used for so long before they're downright gross—even unhygienic. Don't toss them out though. Either plain or painted, they make awesome plant markers. Just add the plant name and/or picture to the spoon bowl. A bit of twine or raffia on to the handle looks nice, too.
To make can lid markers, punch or drill a hole in a used canning lid jar or a lid from a tin can. Hook the lid over a length of coat hanger wire fashioned into a hook, or attach it to an old shish kabob skewer. Decorate with beads, charms or other things that strike your fancy.
Complete directions with pictures for making can lid markers out of can tops and coat hangers may be found at In My Own Style.
Because paint stirrers are large, they make great plant markers in the vegetable garden. Simply write, stencil or paint plant names on clean or used ones, sticking the unpainted ends into the ground.
You can make clothespin plant markers in a snap. Just clip clothespins with plant names written on them onto twigs, paint stirrers, shims or lengths of coat hanger wire.
If you have lots of old silverware or find it cheap at a yard sale, you're in luck. There are a number of super easy ways to use old forks, spoons and knives to mark your plants. Here are some of the easiest.
- Write plant names with a Sharpie on the handles of old forks and knives.
- Spear wine corks with plant names written on them with the tines of forks.
- Affix hand-drawn pictures or pics from seed packets onto spoon bowls. Write plant names and decorate with twine or raffia as well if desired. The tutorial at Artsy VaVa recommends iced tea spoons because they have longer handles.
- Use fork tines to hold seed packets or plant name cards made from old can lids or used canning jar lids.
Painting, stenciling or writing on flat rocks with a marker is another easy way to label plants. Feeling creative? Use one rock for each letter of the plant's name, or arrange rocks into interesting patterns, like paw prints, bare feet or flowers.
This idea for a rustic twig plant marker comes from Martha Stewart, and it couldn't be easier. Simply find a stout stick, preferably one that has a shape you like, strip off a bit of its bark, write the plant's name on the bare bark and plunk the stick into the ground. Ta-da!
Not sure what to do with cracked terracotta pots? Break them into shards, write plant names on the pieces and use them to mark your plants.
Clay pots with plant names and/or pictures on them also make cute plant markers. Set large upturned pots at the end of the rows in your vegetable garden, or place small clay pots over twigs or the sticks from Popsicle and corn dogs to create markers for container plants.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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