Winter is upon us. The air is crisp, my deciduous have finished shedding, and perennials are taking a long nap. It’s time to do my annual garden clean up. This includes not only raking leaves and tilling soil, but also ensuring that my plants are properly labeled. Garden labels are fun to do and labeling plants is a great way to:
From rocks to clothespins, you can make garden labels from just about anything! I hope you are inspired by these 5 DIY Garden Labels that can be made with materials inside and outside your home. Each project takes less than 5 minutes and 3 materials to complete. All projects are easy enough to be done with the help of kids – a great way to get them excited about gardening. Enjoy!
This label is easy to make. It uses brown ink to stamp letters creating a faux burnt wood effect.
Measure out distance of letters to form label on popsicle stick. Once you have a good idea of where to place the letters, gently press the stamp into the ink pad and onto the popsicle stick. Note, too much ink on the stamp will cause the letters to appear blurry. Repeat the process until you have completed your label. Then insert the popsicle stick into the soil. This label is great for indoor plants and patio plants. The label will last 1-2 years and can be thrown into compost after use.
It doesn’t get much easier than this! Old wooden clothespin and a marker… done! This is a fanatic label for pots as the clothespin comfortably slips onto the rim.
Write name of plant on one side of clothespin. Brief care instructions, such as “water 3x/week” can be labeled on back. Slip clothespin to side of pot or insert directly into soil.
Every gardener has spare wood stakes lying around. Instead of leaving them in the yard to weather, why not re-purpose them to make this easy garden stake! By painting the stake, it helps prevent the wood from rotting and wheathering.
Paint wood stake (make sure it is clean prior to painting) and allow to dry a minimum of 12 hours. Use a permanent chalk marker to write plant label. Care instructions can be noted on back. Insert stake into soil.
Want a plant marker that will stand the test of time? Use a rock. The paint and label might need a touch up every now and then, but overall this marker is built for longevity.
Paint a solid shape on your rock, large enough to write your label. Once the paint is dry, use permanent marker to write your plant label. Care instructions can be added using the same method on the underside of the rock.
This is one of my favorite garden labels that I use throughout my yard. It is great for quickly marking newly transplanted seedlings and small plants in the garden. By elevating your plant marker on a stick (instead of directly in the soil), the label keeps a longer lifespan.
Write name of plant on one side of clothespin. Brief care instructions, such as “prune in winter”, can be labeled on back. Clip clothespin to top of stick. Insert stick into soil near plant.
Hope these ideas inspire you to head outside and label some plants! As always, happy gardening! 🙂
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