Garden Plant Markers
The point of garden plant markers is to remind you which seeds you have
planted where. This is such a good idea, that many seed producers include
them free with their packets of seeds, and you can buy plastic commercial
plant markers at very reasonable prices.
Or you can simply make them yourself and enjoy completely individual
markers in your garden!
And they are simple to make, and fun for kids to paint and decorate,
but making plant markers does require some work from you before
the kids get their hands on them.
How to make your own garden plant marker
You will need: some wood (preferably some form of reconstituted
wood, eg MDF, as there is less chance of splinters), a pencil and ruler, a saw
- preferably a jigsaw. If using rough wood, a fine wood file is also needed.
Chose or cut a length of wood to a width of about
4 inches and a length of 8 inches or more.
Draw a straight line across the width of the wood 2 inches from
One inch into each line, make a mark, then with the ruler draw
a couple of lines toward the bottom of the wood , leaving a gap
of no more than 1/2 inch between the end points.
Using a jigsaw, carefully cut along the lines drawn on the board.
Keep the off cuts, as these can be used as row
markers later on!
Remember to use safety goggles, keep your hands well away from
the blade and unplug the jigsaw after use and store out of the reach
If necessary, use a fine wood file to file any sharp
edges which could cause splinters.
You now have the basic garden plant marker - long enough to stick
in the ground easily, and with a label area large enough include
as much information you want or artistic talent your children have!
||To make more than one plant marker, use the initial
one as a template on another piece of wood, then even up the lines
with the ruler before cutting the shape out.
Painting an decorating your garden plant marker
You will need: suitable paints in various colours (we
usually use poster paints), a small paintbrush, a container with clean
water, lots of newspaper and clear varnish.
- Cover the table or painting area with newspaper, find paints, paint
brushes and a mug of clean water (to clean the paint brushes when swapping
- Paint and decorate your plant marker! If the markers are intended
for rows or beds of vegetables, ensure it is quite clear from the design
which vegetable is represented ... I usually write the name of the vegetable
or plant on the markers with a permanent marker before the children
start painting them.
- Finally, when the paint has dried thoroughly, either spray with or
cover the marker with clear varnish - we use a polyurethane varnish.
Ensure the WHOLE of the plant marker receives at least two coats of
varnish, to ensure it can withstand the damp conditions under which
it will hopefully be living.
Below are some examples of the finished garden plant markers:
The really wonderful thing about making your own garden plant markers
is that kids cannot wait to get on with sowing the rows of seeds they
have created the markers for!
We would love to see photos of your works of art and welcome any further
suggestions and ideas for making and decorating markers (or any other
garden craft project!). Please do contact
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