I have used quite a few garden markers only to be grossly disappointed. The Arizona sun is harsh and wooden markers don't even make it a full season. I tried some metal ones, but the marker eventually washed off. I stamped the metal and it looked great, until I put them outside. You couldn't read them until you were inches away. I bought some adorable stand ones from Amazon, but the sun faded them so you can no longer see what it is marking.
There is only one marker that has made it all season (and it doesn't show any wear at all) and those are my mod podge spoon markers. They are cheap to make, pretty, and stand up to anything – rain or sun! Here is how you can make a spoon garden marker:
Supplies to make a Spoon Garden Marker
- Mod Podge (lots of different kinds, take your pick – do you want a matte look, glossy, sparkle. You can see the different types at Amazon here, but they also sell them at major craft stores like Michael's)
- Spoons (I got mine from a thrift store for only a dime each, you could also do this with a butter knife)
- Paper (I used some pretty scrapbook paper, but you can really use anything you want!)
- Acrylic Spray
Directions to Make Spoon Garden Markers
- First, flatten your spoon. Hit it with the hammer until it lies flat.
- Second, cut your paper to the size of the spoon/knife and write the plant name on it. You could also use white paper and make a drawing of the plant if you are more artistically inclined than me (or use the paper from your seed packet if it has a picture on it).
- Next, glue the paper to the spoon/knife and put a layer of the mod podge over the entire thing.
- Wait for about 30 minutes… apply another layer… wait for about 30 minutes… apply another layer. Apply 3-4 total layers.
- Finally, hit the whole thing with acrylic spray. You have some choices here like you did with the mod podge. You can use matte, glossy, sparkles added, and there may be even more options! All will work.
Let it dry and you have a really cute garden marker! I especially like these in my herb plots.
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