DIY plant markers for your garden, flower pots and seedlings


Plant markers can be a lifesaver, especially if you’re new to gardening or have planted so much this year you can’t remember what you planted where.

When you buy plants from nurseries, they often come with a little plant marker that tells you all sorts of useful things. You can simply stick this marker into the soil next to your plant for reference whenever you need it.

But if you’ve grown all your plants from seed, you might need some help remembering which is which. This Plant marker ideas come in all different shapes, functions and longevity requirements.

Maybe you need something to recognize what’s in your seed trays. Maybe you need something makeshift in the garden to mark where you planted which seed until the plants sprout. Or you are looking for something more decorative, artistic, stylish, meaningful and durable.

Whatever your artistic ability or budget, there is a DIY solution to your plant marking needs.

Use old plastic items

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  • If you have old plastic yogurt cups, plant-based milk jugs, or juice cartons, you can carefully cut them into 3-4 inch strips to make reusable markers. Cut a tip off one end of each rectangular strip to make it easier to push into the soil. Then use a permanent marker to write any information you need.
  • Old plastic spoons are also a similar option. You can write the name of the plant on either the concave or convex side of the spoon with a permanent marker and stick the handle end of the spoon into the soil.

Use old metal objects

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  • Make the same style of plant markers out of used metal cutlery. Instead of a felt-tip pen, this time you could draw the names of the plants on the spoons. Depending on your skill and material, you can also hammer the names of the plants into the spoons with a metal letter stamp.
  • You need a can opener that gives you tin can ends with no sharp edges. Draw or write the plant’s name on these lids and attach them to a stake that can be stuck into the ground. You could also just write on the top half of the lid and press the rest into the bottom. You will then have small semi-circular markers for your plants.
  • The used and unfortunately not recyclable lids of mason jars also make excellent plant markers. Use them just like regular can lids. The white enamel side makes your lettering pop.

Try other recycled materials

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  • Use old bathroom or kitchen tiles. They can be laid flat on the ground, almost like a small stepping stone, or attached to a stake that is driven into the ground. Alternatively, you can use just the top part of the tile to write on and stick the other half in the ground.
  • Make larger plant markers out of pallet wood. They give you room to be creative. Once you’ve painted your sign you can attach your board to a stake or end up cutting it to a point and hammering it into the ground.
  • Old bricks also make a really good canvas for painting or writing on. You can leave the stone in its original color or paint the whole stone and paint the name of your plant on it in a contrasting colour. You can use them again next year or paint over the words and start over!
  • If you are careful, you can use the pieces of broken terracotta flower pots to mark your plants. Use paint or markers to label the pieces and place them on the ground or stick them in the ground next to your plants.
  • Draw or write the name of your plant on wooden clothespins. These are especially cool if you have a container garden. The pegs can be attached to the sides of your pots.

Natural plant markers

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  • Find some branches about an inch in diameter. Next, take a vegetable peeler or sharp knife and scrape the rind off the branch, exposing the white inside. BE CAREFUL. Cut yourself off from yourself. Just write the name of the plant in the box you created.
  • Popsicle sticks, whether recycled or from the craft store, make great markers for seedling trays and flower pots.
  • If you have the tools, you can cut slices from natural tree trunks. You could paint on the surface of the disc and place it in the style of your garden stepping stone. when you are in wood burningcould you make a more permanent marker.
  • Painted Rocks also make great permanent plant markers. You can keep it simple or get as creative as you like.

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