- Learn how to create Garden Markers for your container garden, choose from this extensive list of 32 DIY Plant Marker Ideas!
- 2. Tea Bag Plant Marker
- 3. DIY Seedling Marker
- 4. Antique Stamped Spoon Plant Marker
- 5. Aluminium Duct Tape Garden Marker
- 6. Wooden Spoon Container Herb Garden Marker
- 7. Seed Packet Plant Marker
- 8. Tin Can Lids Garden Plant Labels
- 9. Safari Animal Garden Marker
- 10. Rustic Plant Marker
- 11. Beginner Plant Marker
- 12. One Pot Container Herb+Garden Marker
- 13. DIY Garden Seed Marker
- 14. DIY Beaded Garden Plant Marker
- 15. DIY Chalkboard Pot
- 16. Wine Cork Plant Marker
- 17. DIY Plant Marker+Herb Garden
- 18. Wooden Spoon Plant Marker
- 19. Plant Identification Marker
- 20. Cutlery Plant Marker
- 21. Twig Plant Marker
- 22. Tiny Picture Frame Plant Marker
- 23. Dinosaur Toys Plant Marker
- 24. Handcrafted Garden Marker
- 25. Copper Painted Marker
- 26. Wine Bottle Capsule Plant Labels
- 27. Stone Labels
- 28. Creative Garden Labels
- 29. Painted Rock Plant Marker
- 30. Plant Marker Pot
- 31. Cute Little Garden Marker
- 32. DIY Garden Stake
- Make your own plant markers
- Here’s what you need to make these markers:
- DIY Plant Markers for Your Garden
- 1. Stain and paint the paint sticks.
- 2. Paint labels on your DIY plant markers.
- 3. Seal the DIY plant markers.
- Plant Markers & Labels
- Labeling Methods for Seedlings and Garden Plants: What works, what doesn’t
- The best way to label your plants
- The best plant label
- The best plant labeling method that I have found:
- DIY Plant Markers – Fun Ideas For Making Plant Labels In The Garden
- Why Homemade Plant Markers
- Homemade Plant Label Ideas
Learn how to create Garden Markers for your container garden, choose from this extensive list of 32 DIY Plant Marker Ideas!
For this recycled garden marker idea, you’ll need can lids, forks, and a few other items. Check out the instructions here!
2. Tea Bag Plant Marker
Perfect idea if you have a windowsill herb garden or an indoor kitchen garden. Inexpensive and easy to make, the tutorial is available here!
3. DIY Seedling Marker
Give names to your seedlings to save yourself from the confusion, once they pop out of seed pots and trays. The tutorial is here!
4. Antique Stamped Spoon Plant Marker
This antique spoon plant marker goes well the herbs growing in the teacup as seen in the picture. Get the instructions here!
5. Aluminium Duct Tape Garden Marker
Plastic knives and the aluminum tape is what you need to create these beautiful garden markers. The tutorial is here!
6. Wooden Spoon Container Herb Garden Marker
Cool idea to follow if you have a container herb garden. Plant wooden spoons to mark your plants. The DIY idea is available here!
7. Seed Packet Plant Marker
You can use empty seed packets as plant markers in your container garden as well. They already have a lot of information written on them. Visit the MarthaStewart.com to understand the project!
8. Tin Can Lids Garden Plant Labels
Turn can lids into plant markers, this DIY idea will give you an idea that you can recycle almost everything for your projects.
9. Safari Animal Garden Marker
Assign this DIY project to your kids, they’ll love this. Find some safari animals like this and label them according to the instructions given here!
10. Rustic Plant Marker
If you’re looking for something rustic in which wood or plastic is not used, check out this DIY tutorial.
11. Beginner Plant Marker
Create these fun and functional markers for your container herb or vegetable gardens following this informative step by step tutorial here!
12. One Pot Container Herb+Garden Marker
This DIY post consists of a One Pot Container Herb Garden tutorial, together with Washi Tape Herb Markers, must check this out here!
13. DIY Garden Seed Marker
In this DIY, plastic salad containers are recycled to create this waterproof garden seed markers.
14. DIY Beaded Garden Plant Marker
Cool and eye catchy plant markers can make your container garden look more attractive. One of a kind of tutorial is available here!
15. DIY Chalkboard Pot
Whip out that chalkboard paint and make a DIY chalkboard pot for your container garden following the tutorial available at the GlueandGlitter.com!
16. Wine Cork Plant Marker
She wrote the plant name on the wine cork with a Sharpie and fixed them on the end of the wooden skewer. Find out more about it here!
17. DIY Plant Marker+Herb Garden
The website called Eighteen25 has this DIY plant marker tutorial, not only you can also find a DIY herb garden idea on the same post as well.
18. Wooden Spoon Plant Marker
If you’re still not satisfied with the DIY Plant Marker Ideas available above, this one can surely satiate you. Check out the tutorial here!
19. Plant Identification Marker
All you need is chalkboard paint, a paintbrush and stir sticks to complete these super easy and inexpensive Plant Identification Markers! Read the instructions here.
20. Cutlery Plant Marker
If you an engraving tool, you can engrave the names of your plants on your cutlery. We found the idea here!
21. Twig Plant Marker
This idea is free of cost to follow. All you need is some twigs and your spare time to craft these plant markers. Visit the MarthaStewart.com to see the how-to!
22. Tiny Picture Frame Plant Marker
Tiny picture frames painted with chalkboard paint are required to make these appealing plant markers. We found the idea at The Empress of Dirt!
23. Dinosaur Toys Plant Marker
Get dinosaur or any other toys that you find suitable for this projects and follow the steps given here to get it done!
24. Handcrafted Garden Marker
Handcrafted garden markers made out of twigs, this one is really an interesting DIY project to follow.
25. Copper Painted Marker
Copper grounding wire, plastic letters, spray paint and a few other basic supplies are all that you need to complete this DIY project available here!
26. Wine Bottle Capsule Plant Labels
We already saw a lot of Wine Bottle Uses, previously, and now here’s one more related to them. Create plant labels from wine bottle capsules following the tutorial here!
27. Stone Labels
Really a smart and creative idea to make your garden markers stand out, the step by step instructions are available at the diynetwork.com!
28. Creative Garden Labels
To remember what you planted in which pot, follow this plant label idea available at Sew Totally!
29. Painted Rock Plant Marker
Cute idea to label your pots. With a few usual supplies, you can complete this project following the tutorial here!
30. Plant Marker Pot
Paint your pots with chalkboard paint and this plant marker pot is ready for the use. Just chalk out the name of the plant you’re growing in it, on it. The detailed post is available here to follow!
31. Cute Little Garden Marker
Make these cute little garden markers with just a few supplies and instructions given here!
32. DIY Garden Stake
If you find these garden stakes above, cute, check out the detailed at Raised Urban Gardens!
If you need help telling the cilantro from the parsley, plant markers will come in handy and keep your garden organized.
Plant markers run the gamut from basic to fancy. The Home Depot Garden Center helps out with practical solutions, and you can also let your inner crafter loose with some simple ideas, like the embellished craft stick above. Use stencils to get the finished look.
Here are other ideas for plant markers for your garden.
Be inspired by our Garden Club herb garden marker project. Begin with river rocks and write with paint markers. Easy enough for children, but adults will have fun with it, too.
The familiar copper plant markers give a polished look. Write on them with a marker; they should withstand wind, summer sun and rain.
Plastic T-shaped labels keep the garden organized. Just write the plants’ name with a Sharpie marker.
Bamboo plant labels are an affordable choice. They’re especially handy when starting seeds. Just write the name of the seed on the label and stick in the pot.
For more quick ideas, check out these lists:
- 5 Windowbox Ideas to Make Your Home Bloom
- 5 Mother’s Day Projects to Make Mom Proud
- 5 Theme Gardens to Try This Spring
Make your own plant markers
What’s growing where? Fresh ideas for spring
Spring is approaching fast and the evenings are already much lighter, so now’s a good time to think about creating a fragrant herb garden. Basil, thyme and rosemary are all easy to grow from seed on a sunny windowsill before being planted out in a herb bed. To avoid any confusion, we recommend you use herb garden signs so you’ll always know exactly what’s growing in which pot. These can be made from cast iron in a shabby chic look, doubling as attractive garden decor. They’re extremely resilient, particularly when inscribed using edding gloss paint markers as the markers are also waterproof and weather-resistant.
Available in different stroke widths and in up to eighteen different colours, the opaque paint-like ink of the edding gloss paint markers adds a fresh splash of colour to your spring decoration. Ranging from white and metallic shades of light blue through to pink, silver and gold, they all look brilliant on dark surfaces, not to mention on paper, metal, glass and plastic.
These DIY plant markers for your garden are an easy and cute way to display all the vegetables, herbs, or flowers you’re growing.
Hi Kenarry readers, it’s Lori from Greco Design Company. Our garden is one of my favorite things about summertime. And even though our garden is small, and I can easily remember what each plant is, these labels are a cute way to display all the good stuff we’re growing. If you like to grow your own vegetables, herbs or flowers, this is the perfect little project for you. These markers also make a nice gift for any gardener, or wanna-be gardener. Just add these markers to some pots and a few packets of seeds or garden tools.
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Here’s what you need to make these markers:
- Paint stirrers – you can get them for free from any paint supply store.
- Exterior stain, I used this stain, leftover from shining our deck.
- Exterior paint, I used this paint, also leftover from painting our front door
- Old rags
- Sharpie oil based paint markers
- Polyurethane, I like this spray
DIY Plant Markers for Your Garden
If you’re like me and your handwriting isn’t great, I’ll show you a trick on how to make it look much better. You’ll just need access to a computer.
1. Stain and paint the paint sticks.
I wanted my paint sticks to hold up in the weather but I also wanted them to help my garden look pretty. So I used exterior paint and stain and created a dipped look to the sticks. First, I added a coat of the stain to both sides of the paint sticks. I didn’t go all the way to the bottom since that will be painted black. When I stain wood, I use old rags and just throw them away when I’m done. Easy!
After the stain was dry, I painted the bottoms with the black paint. I measured 8″ down from the top, drew a line on both sides of the sticks and painted the bottoms. Let them dry fully.
2. Paint labels on your DIY plant markers.
Now it’s time to add the text. Since my handwriting is not great, I used my computer and typed all the names of my plants. I made sure the font I used was simple enough to rewrite and the right size to fit on my paint sticks. And here’s my fun trick on how to transfer type onto the wood. Tape the printout of the plant labels against a window with the front of the page facing out. With a pencil, trace the letters onto the back of the paper.
Next, flip the paper over and line up each word on a paint stick exactly where you want it to go. Rub the letters so that the pencil marks from the back of the paper transfer onto the wood.
The pencil transfer will be light but it’s a great guide for your paint pens.
Using your oil based Sharpie paint pens, paint the letters in along the pencil lines. When dry, add the type to the backs too if you choose.
A little graphic design tip when using type: we actually read type that is sideways – reading up, not down – better than type that is stacked. The reason is because our eyes recognize the tops of letters more quickly than any other part of the letter. And we’re accustomed to reading left to right. So if we see the word CUCUMBERS written sideways – going up, it’s easier for us to read than if it were stacked. Just a little tip that you may find helpful for this project – or many others.
3. Seal the DIY plant markers.
You can seal the markers with a coat of polyurethane to protect them a bit more. Let them dry and they’re ready to be added to your garden!
Now I just hope my pretty labeled vegetables grow!
If you like this post, here are a few others about working with wood and type:
How to Make (or Buy) an Extra Large Wood Sign
Wooden Name Tags
DIY Summer Wood Sign
While you’re here be sure to check out other summer ideas on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry™ –
- A Guide to Caring for Easy to Grow Indoor Plants
- Easy DIY Distressed Wood Tray with Potted Succulents
- How to Paint Terra Cotta Pots
Home Improvement Ideas· Seasonal Ideas
Spring is just around the corner, and indoor seed starting is even closer… Many of us are looking for ways to mark out flats, pots and rows without using those ugly plastic sticks… The garden should not be treated just as a utilitarian space! Here are some easy DIY plant markers & label ideas that will get you excited about popping those first seedlings into newly warmed earth…and actually remembering what you planted there!
Plant Markers & Labels
These metal plant labels are simple and fast to make, and look like they belong in some amazing display greenhouse somewhere, identifying rare and beautiful plants! Tutorial from ‘Liz Marie‘.
Make this natural DIY plant markers with this tutorial from ‘Tidbits‘. Love how easy these are!
You can learn to hand stamp these copper garden markers in just a few minutes and make these custom looking plant labels. From ‘Home Is Where The Boat Is‘, this project is really inexpensive too. Would love to see how the copper ages in the garden! (Tip: If you don’t want copper to verdigris with age, spray it with a clear sealer before using.)
This plant label project is from ‘Our Little Coop‘ and uses chalkboard paint to make garden plant makers… easy tutorial!
This plant marker inspiration comes from ‘The Micro Gardner‘, and we love this idea! How cool is this? Terra Cotta Plant Markers – Sharpie + broken terra cotta pots = Cutest plant labels ever!
‘Scissors and Spatulas‘ has a great tutorial on using chalkboard paint and pots to make plant markers… and you know, we’ve been into the chalkboard paint lately! This is great because when you change plants in each pot, you just erase and write the new name!
‘42 Things on Etsy‘ has these stamped garden plant markers that are natural, clever and cool…
Learn how to make these charming wooden spoon plant labels from ‘DIY Adventures‘.
Create these brick style garden plant markers with a thick sharpie or paint. Great for marking rows, you don’t have to worry about losing your markers in the wind and forgetting which row is which!
‘Aunt Peaches‘ created these aluminum tape garden Plant markers for less than $5 for 50!
Finally, these DIY wine cork garden markers by ‘The Happier Homemaker‘ are perfect for me! I knew I save all those wine corks for a reason!
So get some seeds planted, but first pick one of these great DIY plant marker & label projects and get crafting for the garden! We think you will also love our posts on DIY Raised Bed Planters and Easy Square Foot Gardening!
Image Credits: Tidbits, Liz Marie, Home Is Where the Boat Is, Our Little Coop, Micro Gardener, Scissors and Spatulas, 42 Things, DIY Adventures, Aunt Peaches, Happier Homemaker
Your step by step guide with Hannah Grows…
Make green heart plant markers that you can use to identify plants and trees in your garden or community space.
Make your markers
Skill level: Easy
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cost: Less than £5
Materials and tools:
- Smooth stones that are responsibly sourced or found in your own garden
- Non-toxic, weatherproof paint
- A paint brush
- Non-toxic permanent marker pen
Use the permanent marker to draw a heart on your stone. Make sure you are happy with the size and shape.
Fill in your heart with the green paint using a paintbrush. You may need a few coats to get a good even coverage, and remember to roll up your sleeves!
Leave to dry in a safe place somewhere warm.
Once the paint is dry, write the name of your plant or tree nice and clearly over the top of the heart using the permanent marker pen. You can use the Latin name or the common name.
Place your green heart plant marker next to the matching plant in your garden or community space. This will help you and others identify it clearly throughout the seasons when plants and trees can alter in appearance. Remember to come back and visit in late Winter and early Spring to observe our UK wildlife feasting on the early sources of pollen.
If you are wondering which plants you have in your garden or community space that provide early sources of pollen, the best way to find out is to get outside and observe.
The key thing to look for is flowers, and remember these might be on shrubs and trees. When out in your garden or community space you should also look out for bees. It’s quite likely you might see big bumble bees buzzing around looking for food. Watching the bees and which plants they go to might help you uncover some early sources of pollen that you have in your space.
We’ve painted green hearts on our plant markers to support the Climate Coalition and show the love for the UK’s wildlife, but you could paint anything on yours, find inspiration over on our Pinterest board.
Proud of your plant markers? Share a photo with us using the hashtag #GrowWild
Labeling Methods for Seedlings and Garden Plants: What works, what doesn’t
When we make labels for our plants, we still want to be able to read them in six weeks, or even six years. Exposure to outdoor conditions of sun and rain can fade some types of labels faster than you’d think. “Permanent” markers may be fine for labeling plants on an indoor light shelf, but you’ll rue the day you thought a regular Sharpie® marker would be just the thing for labeling your winter sowing containers. Together with my own trial and error experience, suggestions from fellow DGers have given me a good idea of what works–and what doesn’t.
Plastic labels are easy to find in catalogs and garden centers and are a big improvement over wooden popsicle sticks, which tend to get moldy and unreadable in moist seedling trays. You can also improvise plastic labels by using disposable silverware, writing on the plastic handle or the blade of a plastic knife. Small markers can be cut from plastic containers such as yogurt cups. Some people prefer to use food grade materials to ensure against contamination by lead and other substances.
Mini-blind vanes make excellent garden markers. I pick them up at the thrift shop or discount store. I cut little labels for containers, longer ones for garden veggies. Flexible mini-blind labels also work well for burying with bulbs or under perennials as extra insurance in case the above-ground label is lost. If you need labels to fasten to a branch or stalk, punch a hole in a section of mini-blind or melt a hole in a plastic tag using a hot nail or old soldering iron.
Metal garden markers will generally last for several years. My favorites come from EON Industries, but a quick search will turn up many manufacturers and a wide range of sizes and styles. If you write directly on the metal tags, you may want to purchase replacement tags with your markers so they can be re-used. Before applying a sticky label to the tag, give the metal surface a quick wipe with rubbing alcohol.
Stones and ceramic tiles could also be painted for markers that are both useful and decorative. For ceramics, you can find special paints that can either be sealed or fired in your home oven to make them permanent.
Engraving may be the most permanent method of putting information on garden markers. You’ve probably seen engraved metal or plastic labels at botanical gardens. I haven’t had a lot of luck controlling my Dremel rotary tool to write legibly on zinc markers, but I’ve considered purchasing laser-engraved labels for favorite plants. I’ve used a ballpoint pen to put information on copper tags for my fruit trees, however, and five years later I can still read the indented names. DeBaggio’s Herb Farm & Nursery uses a Dymo label maker in their display garden. The raised letters on the heavy vinyl tape hold up well, even if the color of the label fades. Dymo also makes an industrial label embosser that uses metal tapes.
Pens and markers should be chosen carefully for garden use. Although regular “permanent” Sharpie markers tend to fade, Sharpie does make an industrial marker with ink that resists UV radiation and high temperatures. I’ve used an industrial Sharpie for several years to mark mini-blind labels and winter sowing jugs. I’ve also used a silver metallic Sharpie to write on black cell packs and nursery pots. With both these markers, the writing is still legible a year later.
Oil-based paint pens are also good for labels that resist fading. Deco brand pens seem especially good and can be found in most craft stores. For even more durability, you can apply a clear coat of polyurethane or even clear nail polish on top of the lettering.
A soft lead pencil works well on both plastic and metal markers and can last for several seasons. Darker labels are easier to read, but writing in pencil is a good backup method.
Label makers are marketed for garden use by manufacturers such as Brother, Dymo, and others. Some label makers have little keypads for entering letters, and others can be connected to your computer for easier use. With any of these label makers, the best tapes to use are the plastic ones. Blue and yellow plastic tapes are reported to fade the least. In my very sunny garden, however, plastic tape labels were barely legible after two years. My Dymo Letra Tag has been re-tasked for indoor use.
Computer-printed labels have proved to be my most successful labeling method to date. Avery brand “clear laser labels” printed in black have been holding up in my sunny garden for two years now, and a friend has some five year old labels that are just fine. The 5660 size fits my zinc garden markers perfectly. You do need a laser rather than an ink jet printer, but you could also go to a copy center and use their printer for a small per-sheet fee.
Label, mark, and repeat. Redundancy is good. Write in pencil on the back of your metal tag as well as putting a sticky label on the front. Put a plant marker in your propagation container, but also write on the side or bottom of the containers itself in case the marker gets misplaced. Add a nice label for easy identification of a garden plant, but also bury a mini-blind label with the root ball, where you can find it when you dig and divide.
Whatever methods you use, labels and markers are invaluable for knowing what is where in your garden and containers. In addition to plant names and cultivars, I like to include the source of plants on my labels. Many of my plant markers have a DG name on them, which makes my garden very special to me!
Move your mouse over the images and links above for additional information.
I appreciate the photos of label making methods shared by Herbie43 (Dymo label buddy) and Texasrockgarden (plastic tags holed by soldering iron). All oher photos by Jill Nicolaus.
Thank you to all the DGers who have shared their labeling methods over the years on the Winter Sowing, Cottage Gardening, and Propagation forums.
I’d like to particularly thank Francesco DeBaggio and LariAnn for information on the durability of Dymo embossed labels and to thank Happy_Macomb for introducing me to my favorite clear laser labels.
The best way to label your plants
The best plant label
- There are many different opinions about how to best label your plants. And admittedly, many non-gardeners may not understand why this is even an issue.
- However, if you are reading this, you may just appreciate the frustration of finding a system that works.
- After some trial and error, I am happy to share an excellent plant labeling solution that is not only professional looking but is also reasonable and durable.
Why bother to label your plants?
- This is certainly a legitimate question; labeling plants is definitely not necessary.
- However, if you are someone who really likes to keep things organized (like myself) labeling your plants may be unavoidable.
- Besides, labeling your plants can help you to keep track of a plant’s unique requirements (such as fertilizer or spraying schedules). In addition, your friends/garden visitors may also appreciate the identifying plant markers when roaming around the yard.
The best plant labeling method that I have found:
An example of the plant labeling method that I use. This label is about 2 years old.
- The label marker itself:
- For my fruit trees, I use metal plant markers; they are durable, reasonable and professional looking.
- There are a many different styles of metal markers to choose from. This is really a personal preference thing and I don’t think a particular style matters a whole lot. However, silver-aluminum is a bit cheaper than copper… and copper tarnishes over time.
- As far as the size; you just want the marker to be big enough to fit the plants name on, again a personal preference thing.
- All of that being said, I think it is nice just stick with one single style throughout the garden.
- Applying the text:
- In my opinion, the key component to the whole thing is the actual text writing method.
- I use the p-touch label maker that I hook up to my PC. I really like this thing, and not just because it gets around my terrible penmanship. This gadget allows me to use my computer keyboard and just ‘cut-and-paste’ the plants name on to the label without having to stumble through some handheld interface. Therefore, this is a fast and efficient method for me.
- Note; if you want 2 lines of text you can make 2 different labels and past them both on top of each other (as I did in the photo above). If you use the clear background label tape, you can overlap the tape without blocking out the text.
- But the most important thing of all is the actual specific type of label tape you use with the label maker.
- You need to get the outdoor rated label tape that has a clear background. The outdoor rating will allow the label to endure the elements. The clear background is perfect because it almost makes it look like the text was directly printed onto the metal label. The specific label tape that has both of these important components is the Brother TZe131 Black on Clear.
- I am going on my third year with the oldest labels that I have created with this method and they have not shown any signs of fading.
Problems with other methods:
- The label marker itself:
- There are all kinds of label options available. However, all of the plastic ones that I have purchased become brittle and fall apart after about a year’s time. Wood labels have the same durability issues. Therefore plastic and wood labels are fine for seasonal plants, but not really an option for longer-lived trees and bushes.
- The plastic “tie-on” labels that are attached to the trees branches have several problems. Most notably, the tree will eventually outgrow the diameter of the tie-on label. This will result in the tree branch either growing around the label or pulling it apart (see photo below). In addition, the growing leaves and other branches on the plant will eventually cover the label making it irrelevant.
- Applying the text:
- Pencil and “permanent markers” actually don’t last that long in the rain and sun. There’s no point in having a tree label that is faded beyond recognition after a year. Some people like to use grease pencils-but I have not tried that method. Besides, I have terrible handwriting and therefore, using a label maker is the only realistic option for me.
Plant label being pulled apart by the growing diameter of the tree.
Even cheaper labeling methods (the veggie option):
- For seasonal crops such as veggies you can successfully use all kinds of stuff to label your plants.
- For example, specialty plastic plant markers in bulk are rather cheap. Unfortunately, in my experience these thin plastic markers tend to get brittle in about a year’s time… Besides, if you are only using a label like this for a single season, there are even cheaper-more creative options to choose from.
- A great inexpensive option is to use plastic tableware as the marker and a magic marker for the text.
- Another option is cutting up old venetian blinds/window blinds into the desired lengths at the marker and write directly on them.
- However, just about anything that size and shape will work such as tongue depressors/craft sticks or popsicle sticks.
- Nick Federoff of ThingsGreen.com was recently interviewed talking about several other fun DIY options for labeling your garden vegetables. Check out the Nick Federoff video here.
DIY Plant Markers – Fun Ideas For Making Plant Labels In The Garden
Labeling plants is a practical endeavor. It helps you be sure which is which, especially between varieties that look similar. Imagine picking a few leaves of lemon mint, thinking you were getting peppermint. It could be a culinary disaster. Making plant labels doesn’t have to cost much, and it can actually be a creative, fun task. Here are some ideas for inspiration.
Why Homemade Plant Markers
First, you can choose not to label your plants, but that can lead to confusion, especially when growing plants with different growing conditions. Labels will help you keep different varieties and types of plant identifiable so you can provide the right water and fertilizer.
You could just buy those plain white plant labels at the garden center, but diy plant markers have a few benefits. You can make your own for less money, depending on the materials, and recycle what you would otherwise throw out. Homemade plant markers are fun and let you be creative. And creative, attractive plant labels will add an interesting new visual element to your beds.
Homemade Plant Label Ideas
If you’re drawing a blank on how to make some nice-looking plant labels instead of using store-bought markers, we’ll help you. Here are some creative ways to label plants. Use these ideas or let them inspire you:
- Wooden clothespins. For a rustic theme, write the name of plants on clothespins and attach them to wooden dowels or the edges of pots.
- Carved sticks. Another rustic approach is a great choice if you like to carve or whittle. Pick out some sturdy, straight sticks. Cut the bark away from one end and either write or carve in the name of the plant.
- Wine corks. Save your wine corks, and stick them to the ends of wooden dowels or skewers. Write the names of your plants right on the cork.
- Painted rocks. Painting and hiding rocks for others to find is a fun trend these days. Instead of hiding yours, put them next to plants with the names painted in bright, fun colors.
- Old terracotta pots. Like most gardeners, you probably have old pots laying around, maybe even shards of pots. Put them to work as plant markers. Use small pots turned upside down, or wedge shards or trays from the bottoms of pots into the dirt near your plants with the names written on them.
- Wooden spoons. Take a trip to your local thrift store and pick up assorted wooden spoons. Write or paint plant names on the spoon end and stick them in the dirt.
- Metal spoons. Pick up some random but pretty spoons from the thrift store or an antique shop and press plant names into them for a quirky plant label. You can get find letter punches at any hardware store.