Garden Plant Markers

5 Materials
30 Minutes

With spring just around the corner I've been working hard on planning our vegetable garden. The actual building of the garden has been delayed due to the weather. In the meantime I've been doing all of the things I need to do to prepare. This includes creating plant markers. I'm going to show you how I made them unique and affordable.

For this project I used wood dowels, wood gift tags, acrylic paint and wood glue. I also needed a paint brush, a sharpie and painters tape. Most of these supplies can be found in the dollar store making this project extremely budget friendly.

I used my acrylic paint and a fine tipped paint brush to paint the fruits and vegetables the garden markers would be used for onto the wood tags.

I do my best painting when I have a clear reference photo to work from and take my time. Acrylic paint dries fairly quickly so I use a blotting technique to help blend colors. Before moving onto the next step I allowed the paint to dry fully.

Once the paint was fully dry I used painters tape to cover the fruits and vegetables. This created a color block look.

I chose white for the background. If I were to write directly onto the wood on my garden markers with a sharpie the ink would bleed. The acrylic paint color black created a base for the sharpie that would prevent the ink from bleeding.

Once the acrylic paint was fully dry I clearly printed the names of the fruits and vegetables. If I had been able to hand paint the lettering I absolutely would have, but for me writing with sharpie worked best.

After that was complete I used a small strip of wood glue to attach the wood dowel to the wood tag.

I used a small piece of painters tape to hold the dowel in place while the glue dried.

Once the glue was fully dried I was able to use the garden markers for my seedlings and will later use them in the vegetable garden. Garden markers add a cute, decorative touch to your garden. They're also incredibly helpful when you have several varieties of plants. This project is child friendly as well. I highly advocate for children to be involved in all aspects of growing and harvesting their own food.

Suggested materials:
  • Wood Dowels   (Dollar General)
  • Wood Tags   (Dollar General)
  • Wood Glue   (Amazon)
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  • Lori fisher Lori fisher on Mar 17, 2023

    How do they do out in the weather? Do they last.

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