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Turn everyday trash into garden treasure: Save lids from jars, tennis ball containers or orange juice cans, and repurpose extra wire hangers. Unwind the hanger with pliers, then trim to desired height with wire cutters (remember, 2-3” will be in soil). Next, bend one end of the wire down about 2”, then up again about 1”, creating a hook. Using a craft knife or hammer and nail, make a hole at the top of the lid, then write on the plant name with permanent marker. To finish, simply slip the lid onto the hook.
Tip: Labeling an indoor herb garden? In lieu of lids, carve plant names into salt dough ornament circles before baking for markers with old-fashioned charm.
With a permanent marker and some pretty penmanship, spare paint stirrers become personalized plant labels. Use stirrers leftover from past projects, or buy them in bulk at discount prices. Lightly write on plant names in pencil, then trace in marker (for a fresh shock of color in the garden, paint dip the tips of the stirrers first). Finish with a coat of wood sealant, to help protect them from moisture.
Tip: Try the same technique on extra craft sticks or wooden rulers.
These pebble plant labels add naturally sweet style to flowerbeds and vegetable plots. Collect flat, smooth stones from around your yard, then write out plant names with waterproof paint pens. Or, forego written labels for cute little illustrations of what the seedlings will become. When placing the stones in your garden, gently twist them into the soil for security.
Wrap colored duct tape around chopsticks (or pencils!) to create labels that double as festive garden flags. Simply wrap a piece of tape over itself around the tip of the chopstick, then cut it into a pennant shape. Write out the plant name with permanent marker, and your first flag’s finished! Make pennant plant markers in a rainbow of colors to set a bright and cheerful garden scene.
Whether it’s metal or plastic, flatware makes for 3 quick, cute plant markers: Write plant names on handles with permanent markers, then push the ends into soil; label the tops of spoons and plant the handles; or bend forward the outer tines of a fork, then slip in a soup can lid with the plant name written on it (carefully sand down the lid’s sharp edges first).
How do you label your plants?
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