DIY Herb Garden Markers – Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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Herb Garden Markers DIY - Upcycled Craft Project Made From Popsicle Sticks and Washi Tape - Easy Craft for Kids and Homemade Mother's Day Gift IdeaWith spring in full force and planting underway, now is the perfect time to whip up some garden markers for your new plants! This herb garden marker is so easy to make with materials you probably already have on hand. Plus, they’re simple enough the kids can craft some for all of mom’s favorite plants as a homemade Mother’s Day gift!

Herb Garden Marker Craft Project

Materials for making your own diy herb garden markersWhat you need:

popsicle sticks, one for each marker
scissors
washi tape
packing tape
permanent marker

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What you do:

Start by cutting the bottom end of each popsicle stick into a point. Then wrap the top section of the popsicle sticks with washi tape. I used complimentary patterns and colors of washi tape for my thyme herb marker, using a solid color of washi tape where I wanted to write the name of the plant. I used scissors to cut around the top edge of the popsicle stick for a cleaner look. Then I simply wrote the name of the herb onto the washi tape with a permanent marker.

Once I had the garden marker the way I wanted, I covered the washi tape decorated portion of the marker if packaging tape and then cut around the popsicle stick to seal it from rain. Alternately, should have some on hand, you could also seal the garden marker with a clear, outdoor acrylic sealer.

Handmade Garden Marker DIY - How to Make Simple Herb Garden Markers with Washi TapeAll that’s left is to place your garden markers in your garden by their corresponding plants or into pots of plants you plan to gift.

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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
Imagination
Oven
Brown Paper
Cookie Sheet
Scissors
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?