DIY {garden plant markers}

I’ve mentioned before I come from a family of gardeners. My sister’s thumb is much greener than mine. She’s super cute and really likes THIS SITE and I crack up at this onesie that is sold there.  With her garden in mind, I made her a little something  – cute garden markers.

Pic 1: Gather materials – Mod Podge, Aluminum plant markers, scrapbooking paper, clear finish

Pic 2: I got these as a packet from Target – in the dollar bin!

Step 1: Cut scrapbooking paper to fit the aluminum label. I used green so they wouldn’t stand out much and take away from the beauty of the plants.1109plantmarkers-01

Step 2: Apply Mod Podge to aluminum

Step 3: Place paper on front

Step 4: Wrap paper around the backs1109plantmarkers-02

If you are lucky while you are doing this your 5 year old can demonstrate his new found reading skills by reading choice words out of his dad’s book.1109plantmarkers-03

Step 5: Let the first coat of Mod Podge dry

Step 6: Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge on top

Step 7: Apply 2 coats of a waterproof sealer. If you are creative you can use the box from your Chinese take-out lunch to hold the markers while they dry:)1109plantmarkers-04

I combined mine with a basket to gather garden goods, some Sunflower seeds and 2 cute washcloths to use wipe off dirt while working in the garden.1109plantmarkers-051109plantmarkers-06

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  • ashlee - please tell me about the washcloths! what a cute way to use up fabric scraps!!

  • karen brown - The washcloths are ADORABLE!

  • Jamie - How’d you do the washcloths? They look very cute, too :)

  • Meagan - Yep, I want to know about the washcloths too.

  • Ellie - This is easy, adorable and I’ve been looking for plant markers I can make! I haven’t used Mod Podge before, so I’m assuming it can be written on? Maybe with a permanent marker like a Sharpie? Have you had any feedback from your sister on how they worked out? Did the writing or fabric fade or bleed? Most of my plant markers only last a season here in Florida. Thanks for the great idea!

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  • Lauren - I bought the spray you used, but it doesn’t seem to completely waterproof the plant markers. I put them under the faucet and water seeped in. Any recommendations for another sealant (maybe a dip-able one). Thanks!

  • Mollie - Trying a lot of new things, two of which are gardening and blogging. Came across these and just have to make them AND mention them on my new blog. Wondering if I might be able to use one of your pictures from this post to add to my post about your markers?
    Thanks so much – look forward to hearing from you!

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