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Painted Plant Marker Tutorial

Gardening is a great, useful way to perk up your outdoor areas. I love my balcony container garden, I always have fresh herbs at hand. I get to cultivate my favorite veggies, and it adds comfort and beauty to my view.

With the amount of plants I grow in my small space, sometimes I can't remember which plants are which variety. I don't like to keep the tags that come with seedlings (what, they don't match!) and I start about half my plants from seeds as well. This technique is great for an at-a-glance of what is what, is inexpensive, easy, and can be completely customized.


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

    Coat both sides of craft stick with paint. A brighter background color is usually better so you can label your plants easily.

    Cover all the edges, and put a second coat on the front side of the stick. With the yellow, I actually did 3 coats on the front so it would be nice and vibrant.

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

    At the top of each stick, illustrate the vegetable, fruit, or herb you are growing. This is definitely optional. You can also use a stamp and paint, or use the same design on each stick. Omit it if you'd like.

    I like to have the veggie at the top so I know kind of what I'm expecting. It's also just cute!

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

    Allow paint to dry completely. Label craft sticks with permanent marker or paint pen, leaving a few inches at the bottom of the stick to insert into the ground.

    Place stick close to plant, and enjoy your newly labeled garden!

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Hannah of The Outfit Repeater
Hannah of The Outfit Repeater · Madison, Wisconsin, US · 14 projects
Hi! I would like to let you know that I've included this great project in a "Homemade Gift Guide" post on my blog. Thanks for sharing your talent! Happy http://anoldstoryblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/five-for-friday-homemade-gift-guide.html
GreenLeaf · Essex, England, GB · 52 projects
Lovely idea, my seeds are growing fast, when I pot them up I will upload a picture for you to see Happy
Megan LaCore
Megan LaCore · San Jose, California, US · 42 projects
No, since it's acrylic i guess it could break down eventually if it were in standing water, but if these do get wet, they're only damp for a short period of time. Plus, when they do go bad, it doesn't take much time, money, or effort to make a new one.
Gir · 4 projects
does the paint run when it gets wet?
Gir · 4 projects
does the paint run when it gets wet?

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