- Lattice molding (1/4″ x 1-1/4″) –cut into 8″ pieces
- 6″ Wood plant labels
- Dark Walnut wood stain (or black & brown acrylic paint)
- Copper metallic spray paint
- #3 carpet tacks
- scissors/measuring tape
- drill/drill bit
- Black permanent or paint marker (I used a Cricut)
- Wood sealer
Wooden Vegetable Garden Markers
We built a raised garden bed a few years ago and every year we learn something new. One lesson is that although we stick a small marker (you know that small, plastic one that comes with the plant) to identify what we planted, we somehow lose half of them within weeks. This year I decided to create wooden vegetable garden markers, sturdy enough to test the outdoor elements.
I purchased my lattice molding at a big box store (sold per foot so calculate how much you’ll need) and cut it with my miter saw into 8″ pieces. I then made a point at the bottom so it’d stick into the ground easier. I stained all of them with Dark Walnut stain.
Cut Plant Labels
Next, I used a pair of scissors and cut the wood plant labels into 2-3/4″ pieces. I made extra incase the nail would split them and I’ll tell you right now, it DID on a few of them so I was glad I had extra.
To get the metallic look of copper on my wooden vegetable garden markers, I used a copper metallic spray paint.
I used my Cricut to cut 1/2″ tall letters and attached them to the copper wood pieces. If you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine, you could write with a permanent or paint marker.
I then used carpet tacks (did I tell you I have a thing with unique hardware?) to attach the copper colored wood piece to the stake. I found that drilling a small hole with my drill, 1/16″ drill bit, even if it didn’t go all the way through, helped cut down on accidentally splitting the wood.
I sprayed them with a clear sealant in a satin finish. Make sure to let dry 24 hours before using the wooden vegetable markers to make sure they are thoroughly dry and sealed.
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