Make Your Own Plant Markers

I’ve had all sorts of herb markers over the years and one by one, they’ve disappeared.  I guess I’ll find them one of these days in the soil or under mulch.  I decided that it would be fun to make my own markers.
Wanna see?
To make the markers I used roof flashing left over from a long ago craft project.  I traced circles on the flashing and cut them out with tin snips.  If you want more uniform circles, you could do this with a drill press.
Place a circle on a block of wood and use a metal stamp kit to write whatever plant name you’d like to mark.  I found that using a hammer worked better than using the tool that came with the kit to add each letter.  The tool that came with the kit didn’t put the letter as deep into the metal as I wanted.
Use an awl to make a hole in the top of the marker.
I used 14 gauge multipurpose galvanized utility wire to make holders for the markers. 
Here’s a few of the tags that I made.  I even wrapped up a set as a gift for a gardening friend at school.
These silver circles are functional and I think look nice, too.

I’m sharing this project for Metamorphosis Monday at Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch and with Jen’s Weekend Wrap-Up party at Tatertots and Jello.

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing a great idea. I ordered metal markers from a garden supply catalog but they came with a marker somewhat like a sharpie and the ink fades in the sun. Now I can stamp them like yours and they will last forever! Please tell us where to get the stamps!

  2. Thank you for this perfect idea, I have been needing a way to tag my roses.
    Linda Seattle, WA

  3. Love this project idea… thanks for the tips!

  4. What a great idea! Your instructions are spot on.

  5. Sweet Bee Cottage says:

    Great idea! Where did you get your stamp set? And I have to ask, did it tear up your fingers?

  6. Southern Lady says:

    What a great idea! Carla

  7. Trish @TheOldPostRoad says:

    Those look great! Where did you find a metal stamp kit? Michaels or Hobby Lobby or someplace similar??
    -Trish

  8. FrouFrouBritches says:

    Those are sooo cute! You are so smart. I bet your friend will love them too. I might have to get a stamp kit and try my hand at jewelry.

  9. AHHHHHHHH I love, LOVE LOVE THESE! You’re so creative 🙂

  10. Atticmag says:

    I think those plant markers are super and they will weather beautifully. I don’t have any of the tools needed to make them but I’m wondering if you couldn’t sell them as sets. I’d certainly love to have/give a set as a hostess gift. Jane F.

  11. Atticmag says:

    I think those plant markers are super and they will weather beautifully. I don’t have any of the tools needed to make them but I’m wondering if you couldn’t sell them as sets. I’d certainly love to have/give a set as a hostess gift. Jane F.

  12. Musings From A French Cottage says:

    Love these!! What a great idea.

    ~Kathleen

  13. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Those are really neat, Paula!!!

  14. Melissa Miller says:

    Paula they are really neat and useful. I like them! 🙂

  15. I found a set of letter stamps when cleaning in the garage this summer. I don’t know if they were my husband’s or if his uncle gave them to him. I will try them out on a project like yours, but I’ll use the metal juice lids I save from 12 ounce frozen juice containers. I have LOTS as I use them at school for Christmas tin punch ornaments. Thanks for sharing! ♥♫

  16. One Cheap B*tch says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve been wanting to make something like this ALL summer!

    Jeanine

  17. Love these! What a fun idea! Great job!

  18. I have seen these as pendants but not as garden markers- unique… I love it!!!

  19. Love those! I think I need some metal stamps…yep…”need”.

  20. This is such a great idea. Very clever.

    -Rene

  21. Sweet Pea says:

    I hope your group enjoys making the plant markers. The edges can be quite sharp, so make sure the participants wear gloves.

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