30 Gardening Markers with How Tos
What are Gardening Markers Used for?
Before we start looking at all the gorgeous DIY gardening markers for the garden, lets talk about why we need them.
I have to confess I am not a green thumb, Hubs does the majority of the gardening and thankfully loves it. But were both learning how to tend a new yard and aren’t experts by any means. Already after one year in this large yard we know remembering what is what and where exactly we planted anything can be a challenge. When taking over a new yard we accidentally let a few weeds grow large as we had no idea if it was friend or foe. Garden labels should help prevent that.
Last year Hubs planted the large vegetable garden while I was away and later on he wasn’t 100% sure of the exact plant locations. Once that happens it impossible to give specific care to any group of seedlings. With the labels you can map out what you have and give them the specific care they need. This is especially true for new gardeners.
I also like the idea of labelling plants while your planting them with large gardening markers at the end of each plant row. Then tying a string between the plant markers so the seeds are planted nice and straight. Hubs may “decline” my need for organization in what really is his vegetable garden, but I am going to try and convince him. Having nice garden markers already made for his garden is a good first step I think.
DIY Garden Markers
DIY Clay Vegetable Garden Markers
If you have more art skills than I do, I suggest making these fun and fabulous DIY clay vegetable garden markers from Homemade Heather. They are so fun and I love that you would instantly know what the label is, no moving plants aside to read. A super fun and productive way to spend an afternoon crafting.
Paint Stick Garden Markers
These bright cheerful and easy to see paint stick markers from Happy Hooligans are great for a vegetable garden. I like how strong they would be for stringing lines to plant seeds etc. So cute and fun for the garden.
Printable Garden Markers
These printable garden markers are a free download from Create Craft Love. Download print and seal. They have such a nostalgic vintage seed look to them. Easy and pretty both.
DIY Plant Markers for Your Garden
There is just something very special about black. These simple to make DIY Plant Markers from Ideas for the Home have a high end look because of the contrast of the wood and black paint. They are also a very nice large size for the vegetable garden.
Cute Painted DIY Wooden Garden Markers
These DIY Painted Garden markers from Craft Create Cook will help you keep your garden organized and add some cute decor to it as well. These fun little pots are wood candle cups and she gives you step by step instructions on painting the simple shaped veggies.
Wooden Vegetable Garden Markers
Aren’t these gardening markers classic and beautiful? Heres a secret they aren’t made with metal. I think these garden markers from DIY Vibes are simply fantastic.
Upcycled Wooden Plant Label Stakes
These plant label stakes are from the dollar store, and they don’t look like it anymore. My friend Marie from the Interior Frugalista gave them a pretty amazing upcycle. She shares a free printable for the decals and how to make them waterproof.
DIY Garden Markers with Cricut Joy
Using the Cricut Joy, smart vinyl, and white paint The Soccer Mom Blog made these cheerful garden markers for her raised gardens. An easy craft idea for outside.
Popsicle Stick Garden Markers
These adorable garden markers are perfect for a kids garden. The Gluestick blog made them for her children’s garden which is a great summer activity.
Easy DIY Garden Markers
Kristi from Chatfield Court found the perfect shade of green for her DIY Garden Markers. Such an inexpensive idea you could afford as many as you need even for a large garden.
Free Printable Vegetable Plant Markers
Easy to do plant markers from Crafty for Home you can do with kids. Great for the garden and for seedlings.
How to Make Garden Stakes
This simple wood garden stake tutorial comes from Dremel. You use a dremmel to mark your metal tags. These are a very classic somehow masculine tag, these would make a nice DIY gift for someone.
Kids Safari Animal Garden Markers
A super fun, bright and cheerful way to get children involved in gardening. My sons always had a play garden with plants that grew quickly. Things like sunflowers, pumpkins and zucchini. I wish I had thought of these Safari Animal Garden Markers like Mom Trends did. They are fantastic.
Garden Markers for Herb Gardens
Although I am still no great green thumb I have more experience growing herbs than vegetables. For Herb Gardens it can take a little while to identify the different plants until they get larger. Most herbs are green and leafy and as small plants its easy to forget which herb is where. Also if they are nicely labelled you can ask someone else to go take a snip for you. I don’t accidentally want to put stevia in a spaghetti sauce.
Farmhouse Style Wooden DIY Plant Markers
These wooden DIY plant markers were created my Angela Marie Made, to create a cut set up to display potted herbs with plant markers. She sure met her goal. I think they are fabulous right down to the white paint and tall and skinny font she chose.
Printed Veggie Herb Garden Markers
These printed on fabric Veggie Herb Garden Planters are part of a “Grow Your own Pasta Sauce” Garden Gift Basket created by Satori Design for Living. Both the basket and these beautifully simplistic garden markers are such a great gift idea.
Upcycled Plant Markers for your Garden
A very simple to make DIY garden marker idea for your herb garden from RemodelaCasa. Write the plant names on a coffee lid with painted labels and place on small dowels. They look trendy all lined up in this garden don’t you think?
Brick Herb Garden Markers
If you have some extra bricks left over or a Habitat for Humanity nearby you can create these rustic brick garden markers from Simple Details Blog. She has had them for a couple of years and they have held up to the weather.
Natural Wood Plant Markers
Tidbits & Company made these DIY Natural Wood Plant Markers with wood she found at Hobby Lobby and a wood burner. Her process is simple to do and I really enjoy the rustic look of these garden markers.
DIY Herb Garden and Plant Markers
Create a small herb garden using jars and then mark each planter with its own tiny herb marker. Check out Eighteen 25 for the complete tutorial for the plant markers and the DIY Herb Garden
LasT year we were more focused on the large diy renovations we were during than the yard. But I did at least manage to place the purchased plant label in a plastic ziploc and cover it with a rock for this year. This year we need to do something much nicer for our large yard. I thought a great way to get started was to check out as many different yet different DIY garden markers I could find.
Aluminum Duct Tape Garden Markers
Not in a million years would I have though of using aluminum duct tape for garden markers. I have crafted with aluminum tape before but this idea for DIY plant markers from Aunt Peaches is brilliant.
DIY Wooden Plant Markers
These DIY wooden plant markers from Lemon Thistle are made using a Cricut joy machine. I enjoy the clean classic style of these herb markers. They says what they need to say but fit into the garden landscape. Made with Cricut vinyl I think they would be long wearing as well.
Plastic Spoon Garden Markers
These little Plastic Spoon Garden markers are the perfect size for all sorts of pots in the garden. I really enjoy all the cheerful colours in these garden markers from Crafts by Amanda
Garden Markers for Flower Beds
Our new home came with five or six flower gardens and we had no idea what was where, or if anything was planted at all. Even the simplest of garden markers from the previous owners would have been amazing for both us and the plants. We had to wait until everything was grown and recognizable to plant a rose and a peony, and unfortunately I know I destroyed a lily or two because I didn’t know they were planted there.
These DIY garden markers are beautiful for any garden, flower garden markers are not
Beaded Garden Markers
This is a fun garden activity you can do with kids. These DIY Beaded Garden Markers from Paging Fun Mum is such a fun way to spend a day learning the names and spellings of the plants in your garden.
DIY Spoon Garden Markers
These DIY Spoon Garden Markers were created by The Prairie Homestead out of old teaspoons. Stick them in your garden and your all set. So pretty and creative.
Easy DIY Garden Markers
These Polymer Clay Garden Markers are from The Things We’ll Make. A sweet minimalistic style that would be perfect for any garden, but I love them for a herb or floral garden as they are pretty and would softly blend in.
Stamp Clay and Jute Wire Plant Markers
Another unique clay stamp idea for garden markers. These clay and jute stamped wire plant markers come from Addicted 2 Decorating and I appreciate the farmhouse feminine feel of them.
Birdy Flower Markers for the Garden
These garden markers are whimsical and sweet. Let Crafts by Amanda show you how easy these are to make.
Terracotta Copper Plant Markers
These terracotta and real copper DIY plant markers are usable anywhere, but I think they would be fabulous in a flower garden. Pith and Vigor shares a step by step tutorial on making these really wonderful plant markers.
DIY Garden Markers that Last
Printed and then laminated Flower Garden Markers from Dishin and Dishes. The laminated covers make them last.
Pebble Plant Markers
These minimalistic Pebble Blackboard Plant Markers from Craft and Creativity are easy to make and you could make them as visible or as hidden as you like.
Clay Plant Labels
These cute customizable clay plant labels from Say Yes are another really great gardening activity you could make with children. I think they look fantastic in white and using cookie cutters you can have any shape you like.
How to Make Plant Markers Last
How long your DIY plant markers last in your garden depends on all kinds of different circumstances including your climate. You can use a paper label and have it last very well if you laminate it, wood labels work much better if they are protected with a sealer, if you have exterior paint available for your markers it will last better than acrylic interior paint or craft paints. Most of the tutorials include some directions for protecting your crafted garden labels. At the minimum I would add a clear exterior polyacrylic sealer to my diy plant markers. Any plant markers I create will need to be kept indoors over the winter.
Other Gardening Posts to Check Out
Like I said a large yard is new to us, but I did make the most out of the small urban yard we had.
Container Sized Fairy Garden DIY
This fairy garden is enclosed in a flower pot with succulents and adorable fairy accessories. When my grand daughters were small making fairy gardens was our family tradition for Mothers Day.
Making the Most of a Small Yard
Our old yard was tiny, but we had a small front porch and a nice back deck we made the most out of. This post shows all the different living areas including container gardens for our collection of flowering plants.