Easy and Fun DIY Garden Markers

Woman placing homemade plant labels in an herb planter.
My Garden Life
November 28, 2016
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Labeling your plants is a great way to remember plant names or identify where plants are located. Making your own garden markers is the perfect project to take on when you’re snuggled up indoors on a winter day planning for spring.

By far the easiest way to mark your garden plants is to use the label that was included with the plant. But what fun would that be! By making your own plant markers you can put your own unique stamp and flare into your garden.

Plant markers can be made of anything; from the always popular hand-written Popsicle® stick to something a little more upscale like recycled wine bottles.

Wooden and plastic stick tags for marking garden plants.

Try out a few of the ideas listed here for some easy do-it-yourself plant markers that are fun to make and look great.

Make Plant Markers Using Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint is a versatile product that has been used in many different projects, so why not go for it in the garden too? Use chalkboard paint on terra cotta pots and label your windowsill herb garden with ease. You can also paint it onto wooden labels found at your neighborhood garden center. Use a white paint pen to give outdoor tags the look of chalk but the ability to stand up to the weather.

A garden marker made from chalk board paint and a paint pen for identifying an oregano plant.

Paint Rocks for a Low-key Garden Marker

Using paint and pens, you can transform some ordinary stones into super cool garden markers that totally rock (see what we did there)! You can stencil plant names or paint a picture of what you have planted, like peas or corn, on the rock. You could even use some glow-in-the-dark paint for late night garden appeal.

Garden markers created for tomatoes, peas and peppers by painting rocks.

Stamped Metal Labels

Stamping plant names onto your label of choice is simple and easy to read. If you have the proper tools, you can stamp metal labels for a more permanent garden marker. Copper is a soft metal that is easy to engrave and also develops a lovely verdigris color over time (blue to green shades) as the metal oxidizes.

Freshly potted pea seeds with copper plant labels.

Transform Silverware into Plant Markers

Find some funky silverware at the flea market or thrift store and use them to hold empty seed packets or handcrafted labels on decorative paper. If you have time, tools and a handful of spoons, you can flatten out the spoons and stamp names into the metal to make more permanent garden markers.

Three metal spoons made into plant labels using plant illustrations.

Bonus Inspiration for Making Garden Markers

1. Use your sea shell collection to make garden markers using paint, or decoupage names or pictures on them.

2. You finally have a great excuse for getting rid of the tiny farm animal or dinosaur toys your kids forgot about years ago. Use them to hold a label cut from the plastic of an empty milk jug and labeled using a permanent marker, or write directly on the side of the dinosaur.

A toy T-Rex tucked in among foliage plants.

3. Save up wine bottles or soup can lids and write on them with paint pens to create garden markers.

More Ways to Get Creative in Your Garden

Painting rocks has become a popular pastime and a project that kids especially love. Many people enjoy painting rocks and placing them in locations throughout their community for others to find and enjoy – a bit like discovering Easter eggs! In your home landscape painted rocks offer a way to add additional color and a personal touch to a space, as well as a way to identify individual plants or rows in a vegetable garden.

See our article, DIY Painted Rocks for Your Garden, to learn more about how to get started with rock painting as well as a few creative ideas. Gather up your ideas and a few craft supplies to dream up your own new ways to make your garden a total reflection of YOU!

Two rocks painted into colorful beetles placed on the slab of a tree stump.

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