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How To-sday - Antique Spoon Plant Markers
I'm clearly on a major metal stamping kick right now, but I've still got projects, so why stop now? This is a cute and unique way to label your plants, using old silverware that you could easily get from a thrift store.

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  • How to make a plant marker. Antique Spoon Plant Markers - Step 1
    Step 1

    Place the spoon face-down against a very firm surface. Using a heavy rubber mallet, pound the back of the spoon until it is completely flattened. I found that setting the spoon atop a towel on the concrete worked better than a countertop or table.

  • How to make a plant marker. Antique Spoon Plant Markers - Step 2
    Step 2

    Count out the letters in your word. Mine has six letters, so I marked six equally-spaced dots with permanent marker. These dots are to help you line up and space your letters properly when you begin stamping. Don't worry about ruining your spoon with permanent marker; we'll remove it in the last step.

  • How to make a plant marker. Antique Spoon Plant Markers - Step 3
    Step 3

    Beginning with one of the middle letters, carefully place your stamp over the corresponding dot. Be sure that the letter is facing the proper direction, and then firmly whack the top of the stamp once with your rubber mallet or hammer. As you can see from the photo, I hit mine too hard, leaving a circular impression around the letters.

  • How to make a plant marker. Antique Spoon Plant Markers - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using a permanent marker, completely fill in each letter. This will create a patina look to make the letters really pop against the silver surface.

  • How to make a plant marker. Antique Spoon Plant Markers - Step 5
    Step 5

    Using a nail file, steel wool, or very fine sandpaper, gradually buff away all the permanent marker using a small, circular motion.Finish by wiping away all the dust and marker residue to polish it to a shine. Stick it into your plant, and voila!

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1432 projects
I'm going to make these very soon. Thanks for the inspiration!
Deena M.
Deena M.
What size steel lettering set did you use for the spoons?
alyssa r.
alyssa r. · 5 projects
I did it, but I need letters! Where did you buy your stamping letters?
Lisa Lynn R.
Lisa Lynn R.
This is THE coolest thing I've seen in a very long time!!! I know what everyone is getting for their birthdays this year!!!!!
Amber W
Amber W · Brooklyn, Michigan, US · 5 projects
I LOVE this! What a wonderful idea!
Rylie A.
Rylie A.
Sokje · Almere, Flevoland, NL · 8 projects
What happens to the earth of the plant when you stick silver in it?
Mistress Apathy
Mistress Apathy · Clifton, New Jersey, US · 25 projects
Rachel L.
Rachel L. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 14 projects
where can you get those letter stamps from?
cupcake gangster
cupcake gangster · 64 projects
this is a really good idea!

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