Thursday, May 8, 2014

Super Easy DIY Herb and Plant Markers

I have to be perfectly honest with myself this Spring and Summer season... I know full well that I won't be able to care for an infant child and an entire vegetable garden no matter how rewarding and satisfying grabbing a fresh squash from the backyard is and would be. That doesn't mean I have to take away the reward of some sort of garden life, which is why I decided to move onward towards my deck herb garden and keeping it alive. Something I have wanted to do that last couple of years was stylize it up, which never seemed to happen... that was until I had the "nesting" urge motivating me to do lots and lots of stuff around the hizzy. DIY herb markers? yep, check thems off the the to do list! Check out how quick, easy and cheap these little loves are to make! --->

All you need to make sturdy and somewhat long lasting herb markers? You might even have the goods hanging around your crafty house. I wanted to make mine similar to what a chalk board would look like without the nuisance of chalk washing away when watering or a rain shower takes place:

  • Wooden Popsicle Sticks
  • Black Acrylic Craft Paint
  • White or Grey Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes, for coverage and details
  • Some Sort of Sealant, I used Americana Multi- Purpose Sealant. You could also use clear nail polish, Modge Podge or even clue that dries clear

I started by painting each stick with black craft paint as a base, let each side dry and moved onto the other, ensuring the entire popsicle stick is covered. Feel free to add an additional coat. I did.

Once dried, I started painting the type of herbs on the top of the painted stick. Don't fret if you make a mistake because it's as easy as painting over, waiting a short period for drying time and trying again. I painted my herb markers all in one sitting, let dry and then did a little bit of touch up where paint might have been thin.

Once you have completed labeling, you will want to seal each stick so that it will hold up against watering and the elements. I am not saying these will last forever but you do want to get a season or two out of the cute craft that you are busting out. Like I mentioned before, I used Americana Multi-Purpose Sealer which worked wonderfully and left the markers with a nice little shine. Plus, with this jazz a little goes a long way. Be sure to coat both sides of the popsicle sticks.

Let these little babies dry and you are ready to pop them into your potted herbs or right into your herb gardens. Sometimes you need the labels and sometimes they are just to look cute. I know these are a success because I received a MILLION compliments on my herbs this past weekend at the Baby Q. It was nice to bask in the post craft glow of a super easy project finished with a superb result. Return on my small investment? Yes, yes it was.

Have you ever done something creative to label your herbs?

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