How cute are these garden markers?! I ran across the Anthropologie version a while ago, and of course thought, I could totally make those…” So, now that garden season is upon us, I did! I am pleased to report that they were super fun & easy to make. So much so, in fact, that I think I may make some more as gifts. Tied up with a bit of twine, wouldn’t these would make a cute gift for a friend who loves to garden?
The Anthropologie version uses (what appear to be) skinnier sticks that what I used. I wanted thicker, sturdier ones since I am planning to use them in my veggie garden. Use whatever will work best for your needs.
- Twigs – I used branches that were leftover after pruning my fruit trees and cut them to length. Just about any type of twig will work here though, so use what you have – or what you can find 😉
- Sharp Knife
- Alphabet Stamps – I have had this set for a while now and I can’t remember where I bought them… You can find similar sets at most craft stores, or order them from Amazon
- Ink Pad(s) – I used this
- Waterproof Sealant – I used Design Master Pottery Sealer, but the most important thing is to make sure whatever you use is waterproof and recommended for outdoor use.
- Select twigs/branches/sticks that are fairly straight and the appropriate size for what you’re planning to use them for. Cut them to length if necessary.
- Carefully trim off a layer of bark at the top of each stick. Keep whittling until you have a smooth flat surface to stamp on.
- Spray newly trimmed portion of sticks lightly with sealant BEFORE stamping them. The “carrots” marker above is an example of what happens if you skip this step. The letters bleed at the edges because the ink seeps into the porous wood. Let dry until no longer tacky to the touch (about 20 minutes).
- Stamp your new garden markers with the names of whatever plants you are planning to use them for. Let the ink dry (about 20 minutes). Spray again with sealant. Wait at least 2 hours and apply another coat of sealant. Let dry.
- Move them to their new home in your garden.
Here’s one of my twig stakes in action, marking a newly planted row of peas. I think that these turned out pretty good, especially given how easy they were to make. I’ll let you know how they hold up, but even if they only last for one season I’m ok with that. The main component – the sticks – were free and headed for the wood chipper, and I already had the rest of the materials on hand. Even if you bought all the supplies, it would still be much cheaper than buying a set from Anthropologie. Plus, this way, you can label them with whatever plant names you want. You could even stamp the variety name instead of the generic plant type. After all, I’m pretty sure I know what a tomato plant looks like…but I do get confused between my Grand Marzanos and my Cordovas.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Happy planting!