Introduction: DIY Garden Markers

It’s pretty easily to tell the difference between basil and rosemary, but garden markers are so darn cute that I made a set for my herb garden with polymer clay and rubber stamps.  

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To make your own garden markers you'll need:

oven bake-able polymer clay rolled into 1.25″ balls (one ball for each marker)
appropriate baking dish (according to package instructions)
a rolling pin
a butter knife
rubber letter stamps
an oven

 

Step 1:

Roll each clay ball into a coil about 5.5″ long. Then flatten the coils to .25″ thick with your rolling pin.

Step 2:

Use the dull side of your knife to trim one end into a point (the dull side won’t leave behind serrated marks), and shape the edges of each marker with the flat side of your knife. Smooth out any imperfections with your finger, transfer the markers into your baking dish, and get your stamps out.

Step 3:

Stamp your garden markers, and bake them according to the clay package instructions. Polymer clay is plastic, so don’t worry about sealing it. Be gentle with your markers! Polymer clay isn’t the most sturdy material, but if you carefully plant them next to your herbs they should last. I've had mine outside all summer, and they've held up just fine!

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aleciabane made it! (author)2015-10-01

Thanks for sharing very interesting and creative ideas. All garden markers are looking very attractive and pretty. I've created markers many times for my plants. But not having proper time. Even, I shop gardening accessories from Ideal Garden Markers.

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RoosterSocks made it! (author)2011-08-29

. . . or maybe you could use free flat chopsticks and stamp them with metal letter punches. . . if ur worried about durability

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RoosterSocks made it! (author)2011-08-29

ha ha. . . i get it, your profile pic is in profile. Nice

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Jiggsy made it! (author)2011-08-28

Love this idea! How durable is the polymer clay for outdoor use? I'd love to put this idea to use next year in my veggie garden but I don't want to find broken markers every time I go to weed.

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witandwhistle made it! (author)witandwhistle2011-08-28

I've had mine outside in the weather all summer, and they've held up just fine!

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Babyshoes made it! (author)2011-08-28

That's cute! Probably not practical for a busy garden, but nice for pots. I can see them as part of a present - plant up some nice herbs in little windowsill sized pots and mark them with these.

Also, might be nice in coloured polymer clay, especially if you are doing them with / for kids.

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HerArtSheLoves made it! (author)2011-08-28

Wonderful earthy photos and great use of polymer clay.

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sunshiine made it! (author)2011-08-28

Very clever and useful! Thanks for sharing.

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