After my vegetable beds were built (see the posts here and here for details), I set about planting some vegetables to fill the beds. Of course, planting crops meant I needed a way to identify them so this called for a DIY project for some plant markers. I used some items I had readily available around the house, which made these markers absolutely free and upcycled. Ahhh… my favorite type of project!
Here are the instructions:
It was important to me to have some sort of instruction on how to harvest the plants on the marker somewhere as I won’t be the only person tending the garden. (We also have rental tenants in our basement unit who will have access to the veggies; and don’t forget my husband gets to pick them as well!)
As I wanted my plant markers in pastel colors, I had to customize a couple of my own colors. The mint green color was found at Home Depot in the mistints section, so I’m sorry I don’t have a tutorial on how to mix that color.
Fun Fact: This blue shown here was used to paint my pantry.
Budget Tip: The acrylic craft paints you see here were sourced from Dollar Tree.
No need to shell out big bucks for paint!
I absolutely ADORE how these markers turned out!
I especially love how the markers add a splash of unexpected color in an otherwise green, brown, and black space. Makes them much easier to spot.
What do you think of my new plant markers made from paint stir sticks? Do you have some fun plant markers of your own to share? Let me know in the comments below!
Total time: It took me a total of 2.5 hours to paint about 15 markers and to mix the colors in between. This does not include dry time.
Total cost: A gallon of the mint green paint cost $9+tax from Home Depot, of which I only used a tiny fraction. I’ll be using this paint for other projects, so I’m not counting this into the total cost of this one. The other paints were already in my collection and paint stir sticks are always free. So my plant markers were all free, free, and free! **Happy dance**
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