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Never forget a plant's name again with these easy markers
After forgetting one too many seedlings during the spring planting season I decided to make these polymer clay garden markers. Not only are they useful, but they're pretty to boot.

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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 275

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

    On a piece of parchment paper, roll clay to 1/8 inch thickness

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

    Measure and cut Sculpey into strips about 1/2 inch wide x 4.5 inches long (it doesn't need to be exact).

    On one end, cut a blunt point (this end will stick in the soil) leaving the other end flat

  • How to make a plant marker. Gold Stamped Plant Markers - Step 4
    Step 4

    Starting with the first letter, dip the alphabet stamp in a small amount of water then blot off excess. You want the stamp to be just wet enough to pick up the gold powder evenly but not enough to pool in the corners. Err on the dry side.

  • How to make a plant marker. Gold Stamped Plant Markers - Step 5
    Step 5

    Dip stamp in gold powder and stamp the clay, gently rocking in all directions to get an even impression.

    Continue doing this for the rest of the letters

  • Step 6

    Place Sculpey (still on parchment) in oven and bake for 7 minutes (Sculpey instructions say 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness, so I simply divided by two to get 1/8 inch. Adjust as necessary). Be sure to consult the instructions on your polymer clay package as they may vary depending on the exact type/brand of clay you’re using.

  • How to make a plant marker. Gold Stamped Plant Markers - Step 7
    Step 7

    Remove from oven and let cool completely before using

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