DIY Garden Markers for Your Spring Garden

DIY Garden MarkersSkip the store-bought plant markers and make your own cute DIY garden markers instead!

Can you believe that spring is finally here? Here in Atlanta, we’ve had some nice warm days, and I keep seeing bulbs peeking out of the dirt to say hello! The change in temperature also means that it’s time to think about our spring garden!

It’s Garden Week over at Crafting a Green World, and this post is my contribution! We’re sharing all kinds of DIY ideas for the garden over there, and there are a ton of crafty, food, and homesteading sites getting in on the Garden Week action. Head over to the Garden Week page at CAGW for all of the gardening action!

DIY Garden Markers (part of Garden Week at Crafting a Green World)

It might be too late to start most plants from seed at this point, but spring plants with a shorter growing season can still go in the ground now. If you missed the window to go from seed, you can check your local garden center for seedlings to transplant instead.

Whether you’re starting from seeds or transplanting seedlings, it’s important to know what you planted where. Take it from the girl that once accidentally harvested cucumber greens and sauteed them. Fun fact: cucumber greens are fuzzy, and cooking doesn’t fix the problem. In conclusion: label your plants!

DIY garden markers to the rescue!

Of course, you could use the boring, plastic markers that come with seedlings or purchase plant markers at the store, but if you want to add a little handmade touch to your spring garden, you can also make your own DIY garden markers instead! Here are three ideas to get you started!

DIY Plant Marker: Clothespins

1. Clothespin DIY Garden Markers

Got some clothespins lying around? It’s super simple to turn old clothespins into cute DIY garden markers. Just use a fine-tipped permanent marker to write down your plant names on each clothespin, clip to a nice-sized stick or a bamboo cooking skewer, and stake in your garden.

DIY Plant Markers: Wine Corks

2. Wine Cork Garden Markers

Don’t toss the corks from that bottle of vino! Save your corks to make cute DIY garden markers! Just like with the clothespins, use a fine-tipped Sharpie to write your one plant name on each cork, then gently pierce the bottom with the sharp side of a bamboo skewer and stake it! You can use the hole that the wine key left in the cork to place the skewer. It makes things much easier.

DIY Plant Markers: Chalkboard Pot

3. Chalkboard Paint Pot

If you’re doing a container garden, this is a great way to save space in your pots and make your pots versatile, so you can use them year after year. When you change out your plants, just wipe off the old label and chalk in the new one! The supply list for this one is a little bit longer, but the results are so worth it! You’ll need:

  • chalkboard paint
  • terracotta pot
  • paint brush
  • masking tape
  • chalk

Want to make your own? Get the chalkboard paint pot tutorial here!

Have you guys made any fun, DIY garden markers for your spring garden? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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12 comments on “DIY Garden Markers for Your Spring Garden
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  3. I have never made my own garden markers before but I love these ideas! Especially the wine cork one…let’s just say I end up with a lot of those ;)

    • I will not judge! There’s a reason that I have those all over my garden, too! :D You might see some of the comments above about the ink from the Sharpies wearing off. I usually retouch mine mid-season, but there are some good ideas on how to make it last!

  4. These are cute but I’ve discovered sharpies wear off. I used small tree branches, carving off the outer layer. Since the sharpie wore off I’ve decided I’ll use my wood burner – this will hold up to the elements for sure! Also wanted to add its never too late to start seeds, it all depends on where you live, as to what you’d start, however. I’ll be starting my tomatoes soon.

  5. I did the wine cork ones the last two years–got so many comments on them. :) Recommendation though: write on them with a paint pen. If you just use a sharpie, it will fade by mid-summer and then you might not know what on earth you have. Happened to me the first year!

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