So I definitely can’t take credit for this idea — I’ve seen these little cuties floating around the internet for some time now. But when my brother-in-law mentioned that he might like some garden markers for the little vegetable garden he planted with my niece, these are what popped into my head. So I got busy!
I didn’t take too many photos during the process, but it’s not too difficult to figure out. You’ll need some cheap spoons (a dollar or thrift store would be perfect), a hammer, a towel, a sharpie, and metal letter stamps, which I ordered here.
For starters, flatten out your spoons. You’ll need a really hard surface — think concrete. I literally went outside and sat on the ground. Lay down the towel, put a spoon on it face-down, and hammer away. Maybe start with a test run, just to get the feel of things.
After the spoons are flattened, use the hammer to punch in your letters. Again, do a test run first. I found that one or two light taps followed by a few stronger hammer strikes worked well. Don’t be bummed if a letter gets crooked or blurred — I think it kind of adds to the individuality of the piece.
Finally, take your Sharpie and color over each tiny letter. Rub the excess Sharpie away with your finger or a towel. The Sharpie will remain in the grooves from the letter stamps and make it just a bit more visible.
Way easier than you thought, right?! Now go put ’em in your garden! They’d also make a super-cool gift for someone with a green thumb. Maybe my bro-in-law will send us some pics of these little guys in action. (Hint, hint…) xoxo