DIY Vegetable Garden Markers

2 Materials
2 Hours

Label your herbs, vegetables, and flowers with these cute hanging garden markers. It's a perfect way to repurpose can lids, and it's a fun activity for kids!

These repurposed garden markers use can lids (or old Mason jar lids if you’re in a pinch). So, you’re repurposing something that would have gone into the recycling bin (at best) or the trash (at worst). And this easy garden craft can easily be complete in an afternoon, with a bit of time for the paint to dry. So give your kiddos free reign over their vegetable artwork (and if Grandma or Grandpa is a gardener, then what a fun gift these would make!)

Here's what you'll need:

  • Can lids (we use a can opener that creates smooth lid edges, no cuts here!)
  • Acrylic Paint (this  small paint pot set  was perfect)
  • Paint Brushes (the  smaller the better)
  • Water (for washing brushes)
  • Paper Towels (for wiping brushes)
  • Sealer (optional for longevity outdoors)
  • Wire Coat Hangers or Landscape Pins
  • Long Nose Pliers

Gather materials and draw

Begin by gathering all of your supplies except for the hangers (pins).

Using a sharpie, create outlines for your artwork. This doesn’t have to look perfect, and if your kids will be painting them, then they will appreciate an outline.


Fill in the outlines with paint using small paint brushes. Then embellish or decorate around them with dots or swirls, anything you want to add!

Allow time for them to dry, then add a second coat of paint if necessary.

(Optional: Use an acrylic spray sealer on your garden markers to make them more weather resistant.)

Prep for hanging

Using a thick nail and hammer, tap a hole in the top of each marker. Work the nail around in the hole to make sure it’s smooth and as large as possible.

Add hook

Next, take a pair of long nose pliers and a wire coat hanger. Snip 8-10 inch lengths of wire from the hanger and bend at the top to make a hook.

Slide hook through the hole in the top of the garden marker.

Hang in the garden

Place your hook down in your garden or flower bed soil and mark what you're growing. That's it!

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  • Dl.5660408
    on Apr 14, 2020

    These are awesome! Long lasting, creative, cute and useful! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  • Claudie
    on Apr 29, 2020

    I’m going to try this. Thanks. Great idea!

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