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Make up some of these weatherproof plant markers for your garden this year!
I once heard someone say that she would never be caught using plant markers in her garden. She considered it a “cheat” and declared with pride that she would never forget what she’d planted.
Well, good for her.
But for the rest of us humans who find it very easy to forget if “this is the row where we planted the rosemary seeds. . . or maybe it’s over there” – garden markers are a wonderful help. And to be fair, seedlings often look very similar to each other, especially when they are related.
If your garden is big enough, you may easily lose track of which squash variety is where, etc. Garden markers can be a tremendous help.
I collected together some really fun and unique ideas for markers. Some add a touch of glitter and some are just straight-up colorful. But each and every one of these ingenious creations will help you keep track of all those plants you are taking the time to care for and cultivate.
And they will look spectacular while they do it! All of these markers are great for shrubs, plant pots, flower beds, in your container garden, even fruit trees!
Just be sure to use permanent marker pens when making these! At the end of the season, it would be best to remove these from the garden if possible. Depending on your climate, the markers will begin to get weathered.
Take a look through all these different garden row marker ideas! There are some wonderfully creative ideas here.
Cute DIY Weatherproof Plant Markers
These garden markers are so funky and unique. Grab some cheap silverware, a steel metal stamp kit and whip up a great way to identify all the food you are growing in your garden. Bon Appetit! from Creative Green Living
I have a love/hate relationship with plastic spoons. They are so pretty and convenient and come in every color, but they also create a lot of waste. Unless you turn them into fanciful and fun plant markers, that is! TIP: Use these compostable spoons!
These Plastic Spoon Garden Markers are from Crafts By Amanda.
Painted stones are all the rage, and are such a fun way to add brightness and whimsy to your garden. But when you paint them up like adorable fruits and vegetables, they can also help you identify the plants you are growing. Here’s the paint kit to use for painting stones!
These Markers With Painted Stones can be found at Adventure in a Box.
Have you ever worked with shrink-plastic like Shrinky Dinks? These little garden nameplates are a genius way to use shrinkable plastic, and they look stunning, too!
These Reusable Plant Markers With Chalkboard Paint can be found on the Tried and True Blog.
More DIY Plant Markers
If you create things with polymer clay, you’ll love this idea. And if you have been looking for an excuse to try working with polymer clay, here it is!
These weatherproof plant markers look like miniature, old-fashioned street signs, a nice nod to any fairy-folk hanging out in your garden! They’re from Polymer Clay Garden Markers at Oh, The Things We’ll Make
This is another spin on the idea of painted rocks in the garden. These are as colorful and pretty as the vegetable themed ones above, but are easier for anyone who may be a little “artistically challenged.”
Still, I love them! You can find them at Painted Rock Vegetable Garden Markers over at Crafts by Amanda.
These cute little markers are simple, inexpensive, and ingenious. Simply paint the end of your basic wooden garden markers, and take it from dull to dazzling. Add the plant name and you’re done! TIP: Use this to paint wood garden markers!
You can find the tutorial here DIY Color Blocked Garden Markers at Sarah Hearts
Creative Garden Markers
I do enjoy all the different ways you can create garden markers – especially the ideas that are super simple – yet completely creative. These clothespin garden markers are a fine example.
So pretty – so easy – so handy! You can find these Plant Markers from Recycled Clothespins at. Creative Green Living
You might now think of tongue depressors when you think of garden markers, but they actually work quite well! Find them at Easy Cricut DIY Garden Markers – A Mom’s Take
A simple splash of your favorite color and some vinyl letters from your Cricut and you have some fun garden markers large enough to be seen even when your plants get big!
TIP: Use this type of wooden craft sticks!
More Garden Row Marker Ideas
It is amazing how easy it is to be overrun in wooden spoons, especially when you can pick them up so cheap at the store. But with just a bit of paint, you can turn those extra spoons into extra-special garden markers!
Use a sharpie or paint pens with permanent ink for this project. Find these DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers here at The Gardening Cook
These adorable birdy garden markers sound like they are incredibly easy to make. Yet they look so lovely, people will think you spent a fortune on them. These cuties are certain to add some nice cheer to any garden! TIP: Here’s the wooden birds to use!
Find these Birdy Flower Markers For Your Garden over at Crafts By Amanda
Mason jars are often used as planters for herbs, but I had no idea they could become garden markers, too. At least, they can when they are wooden mason jar shaped signs!
Add a touch of sparkle and the first letter of the name of the plant and you’re all set! Find these Glitter Mason Jar Plant Markers over at Mad in Crafts.
More Creative DIY Plant Labels
I will admit that it probably would not have occurred to me to use tin can lids for garden markers, but as soon as I saw these wonderful discs, I was enchanted! These are a durable way to make plant labels! Find these Garden Markers From Recycled Can Lids here at Creative Green Living
Bright and lovely, with plenty of space for letters, these are also a fun way to recycle! TIP: You can easily use canning seals for this!
These garden markers are made with wine corks, and they are too cute to be believed. Rustic, natural, and charming, this wine cork plant marker will have you wanting to start your cork collection immediately!
Grab the tutorial for these Herb Garden Markers over at This Mama Loves
Another variation on using wooden spoons for garden markers – this is an inspiring idea for the more artistic people out there. If you have the skills to create them, these garden markers are just lovely!
Find this crafty project Artistic Wooden Spoon Garden Markers over at My Garden Your Garden
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Craft up some of these weatherproof plant markers to add some garden whimsy this year!
Plus, they are a good gift idea! All gardeners will appreciate these durable plant markers. They are an attractive way to keep track of what plants you are growing. Happy gardening!
originally published March 2021; latest update September 2022