I grew up in a family who loved to garden. Each year we’d spend hours planting and weeding and picking what we grew. I loved it! Well, not the weeding part, but definitely seeing the miracle of life that nature shows when a seed becomes a plant! My favorite was our raspberry bushes. I still don’t think there’s anything better than vanilla ice cream with fresh raspberries- yum!
And then I got married and my husband and I rented then bought a condo and didn’t have a garden of our own for 12 years. This year, for the first year, we have a garden. And I’m THRILLED! Don and I started seeds in March to prep for when the ground is safe from frost and have been watering them everyday. Tomorrow we’ll be planting our little starts, but I figured, I needed plant markers!
So that was a long background story to today’s DIY. Essentially, I had to make something that was functional and beautiful for the garden to commemorate this new season for our family. Because I am so dang excited! In case you’re getting ready to put in your garden too, here’s how to make some pastel rainbow DIY plant markers!
DIY PLANT MARKERS
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
Start by grabbing a piece of clay and working it with your hands to make it pliable. Each color in the Sculpey pack is 1 ounces and you can get 3-4 plant markers per pack. Side note, I also tried using Fimo clay and found it much harder to work with (it was drier and the color changed once baked).
After the clay is warmed up, use a rolling pin and rollout out on the cutting mat. What worked for me is to roll the clay until it was a little over 4″ long. Tip- pick up your clay and flip it over as you work with it. That way it doesn’t stick to the mat (which will make it really hard to remove intact when you’re done).
Next, use a clay cutter (a long razor blade) to cut the long sides to 1/4″ wide. This tool is super helpful in getting straight cuts for a more professional look!
And now, simply use an exact knife to cut the tip of the plant marker. I also cut the bottom off to make it straight. The plant marker measures 4″ long from bottom to point and 1/2″ wide.
And now, the fun part! Use rubber stamps to indent the name of your plants into the markers. It’s a little tricky to line up the letters, but take your time and do your best. This is a homemade item, so it’s ok if it’s not 100% perfect.
Finally, put the finished DIY plant markers on a cookie sheet and bake them. The clay package has instructions, so follow what your package says. I baked mine for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.
Once the markers are baked and cooled, you can start using them!
Isn’t that such a fun and easy way to dress up your plants this spring?! These work for flowers, herbs, or veggies!
I used pastel colors to make a bit of a rainbow of plant markers. These colors make me so happy! And I bet these would make for a perfect gift!
I made around 20 of these and it took a few hours. It was a simple project, but it did take some time with rolling and cutting each one. I find them so pretty and love how they turned out!
p.s. looking for another project to make with over baked clay? Try out these DIY letter board accessories!
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