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DIY Herb Markers or Garden Stakes for Summer Fun Gardening

May 15, 2012
Now that the threat of frost is finally over here in Southwestern Virginia, I can start some serious outdoor planting. For marking my rows of vegetables and herbs, I thought it’d be fun to craft my own DIY Herb Markers. Not only are these garden plant or row markers easy to craft, but they also make a great kids’ project! Make some for yourself or as a gift for mom tucked inside a pot of herbs for Mother’s Day or her birthday. Or bundle some together for Dad on Father’s Day as a gift to line his garden rows! They also make great party favors or gifts for your favorite gardeners!
This project is relatively simple and isn’t very time consuming. You will need a few supplies for this project though.
Here’s what you need:
Colored Pencils
Permanent Black Marker
Brown Paper
Cookie Sheet
Clear Acrylic Spray, Optional
Here’s what you do:
1. Print out the provided herb garden marker template. Place a blank page of your Shrinky Dink paper on top of the template, rough side up.
2. Trace the template with a permanent black marker onto your Shrinky Dink plastic.

3. Color in your garden marker as desired with colored pencils. The darker you color, the more vibrant your finished herb marker will be. (My favorite pencils to use are PrismaColor Pencilsfor their rich, bold and blend-able color.

4. Once you’ve colored in your garden stakes to your liking, cut them out along the outer edge. Then place on brown paper on a cookie sheet.

5. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes and remove from the oven.

6. Allow your shrunk herb marker to cool for a minute or two then remove from the cookie sheet.

7. If desired, you may spray your finished piece with a clear acrylic spray for extra protection.

8. Place your completed herb marker in a pot to mark your plant or in your garden to mark your rows.

For more fun DIY shrinky dink projects, be sure to check out the blog post, DIY Shrinky Dink Magnets – Great Weekend Kids’ Craft Project.

Do you garden? If so, what types of thing have you used to mark your plants or garden rows?


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