Spring has sprung, and it’s time to head outside and get your hands a little dirty! Now, we know that sometimes the cilantro gets mixed up with the parsley, and the thyme turns into a verdant blur next to the oregano. So, whether you have a seasoned green thumb, or you’re just starting out on your botanical adventure, making sure everything is labeled when planting a garden is a must.
Garden signage can be expensive, and we know you don’t always have a lot of thyme on your hands (LOL), so follow along below for some simple garden signage you can make from things you probably have around the house.
Marker one: wine bottle
Put those empty wine bottles to good use—you’ve got to have a couple lying around the house.
- Remove the label on the bottle by submerging it in warm, soapy water for 15-30 minutes. Gently rub the label with a washcloth until it is fully removed (including any pesky adhesive).
- Turn your bottle upside down, and write what you’re labeling on a new sticker, or draw directly on the bottle with a chalk marker or paint pen.
- Let it dry and then place it in your garden.
- If your dirt is rocky or you’re having a hard time getting it to stay, you can drive a stick into the ground and feed it through the mouth of the bottle.
Marker two: old silverware
Over the years, we all accrue more and more kitchen ware. Cups, plates, silverware…eventually, we need to donate some of it, but save a few spoons for this DIY garden signage.
- Paint the bowl of your spoon with chalkboard paint and let dry completely.
- Use a chalk marker to write your plant name on the back.
- Stick in the dirt and enjoy how crafty you are!
Marker three: wooden spoons
We all have that drawer: the one with a million wooden spoons someone bought us when we first moved out. Chances are you have a favorite, and the other six go unused. Do a little spring cleaning and re-purpose them!
- Clean and dry your wooden spoon.
- If it’s stained from use, you can try to use fine-grade sandpaper to smooth out any uneven areas.
- Use a permanent marker to write what you’re planting.
Marker four: plantosaurus rex!
Have old plastic toys lying around? Or maybe you just want to add a whimsical element to your garden.
- Paint your figurine any color of your choice.
- Label it.