20 Cute & Easy DIY Garden Plant Markers To Make

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Making garden plant markers for your garden is a creative way to organize your garden! Check out this list of 20 easy DIY garden makers!

cork garden plant markers

20 Cute & Easy DIY Garden Plant Markers To Make

Labeling your garden plants is an important garden task that a lot of people forget to do or think they don’t need to do. But it is vitally important – especially if you plant a lot of different types of flowers, herbs, or vegetables. Trust me when I say you you will not be able to remember what you planted where unless you label them.

Labeling garden plants is also a fun way to add interest to your garden. You can buy garden markers that you simply have to fill in, or you can get a bit more creative an make your own fun garden plant markers!

There are lots of creative ideas you can draw from to make plant labels for your veggie gardens. DIY project ideas include using wine corks, chalkboard paint, spray paint, rocks, antique spoons, even plastic spoon plant markers! 

I personally love the idea of using thrifted spoons and my favorite garden artwork to make fun garden markers. Here’s how we turned up-cycled spoons into fabulous garden markers, plus 19 more great DIY plant marker ideas you will love!

spoon garden plant markers

Supplies for DIY Plant Markers Made out of Upcycled Spoons

  • Spoons – you can often find lovely spoons for cheap at yard sales or thrifting
  • ModgePodge – for outdoor use
  • Paint brush
  • Pictures –  Draw your own or use your favorite seed packets. 
  • Metal hammer
  • Anvil (or a sturdy piece of wood – something to hammer on)

To Make Garden Plant Markers out of Spoons

flatten spoon on an anvil

First, flatten your spoons with a metal hammer and anvil. Make sure you flatten the spoons on a sturdy piece of wood or a metal anvil to keep yourself safe. Don’t try to use a plastic mallet to flatten the spoons; that won’t work either. Next, prepare the pictures you want to use.

I used my favorite Baker Creek Seed packets because I love the artwork. To prepare the pictures, you can either cut them out off the seed packets if you no longer need the packets, or scan the seed packets to a PDF file.

You may need to adjust the image size in a software program like Publisher before printing. You can print the images on finally print the images on paper or card stock.

It might be helpful to trace the spoon around the printed images before cutting them out. We wanted our images a little smaller than the spoon so some of the spoon would still be visible.

applying modge podge to spoons

Next, use Outdoor Modge Podge to attach the pictures to the spoon. Following the directions on the Modge Podge, apply a thin amount of glue first to the spoon. Then, put the picture on the glue, and apply more glue over the picture.

Let the Modge Podge dry for about 20 minutes between coats, and apply four coats for best results. These DIY plant markers are a good project for kids. They can help flatten the spoons and glue on the photos!

Looking for more DIY Garden Marker ideas? Here are several more easy tutorials we found!

19 of the Cutest Easy DIY Garden Markers  

Keep your garden labeled and organized with one of these 19 different DIY garden plant maker ideas!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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