diy vegetable garden markers

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


12 comments

  1. Angela on said:

    Beautiful and clever as always. LOVE it. And, as a fellow green thumb… will use it! Thanks. A

  2. elaine on said:

    Yes, these would be so cute for indoor plants, too! Ana may I testify to the fact that these worked very well, you should see how big bro-in-law’s veggies have grown!

  3. Shoko on said:

    So great. I’d love to try this, Chelsito – thanks for sharing! And a big “yes!” to your California reunion proposal – let’s do it! But I’d also love to see you before you go – let’s set something up!!

  4. rebecca on said:

    ugh. i need a garden! these are awesome by the way. would make the coolest hostess gift.

  5. Jenn on said:

    Oh I’m so glad you posted how to do this! I’ve been dying to try this forever.

    Thanks!

    -jenn

  6. Natalia on said:

    This is so cool! What size of stamps did you use? I wanna get that kit but I am not sure about the size. :)

  7. Natalia on said:

    Thank youuu! i love your blog by the way :)

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