Upcycled Aluminium Herb Signs




When you first plant your herb garden sometimes it's difficult to differentiate between the coriander (cilantro) and parsley; these little signs can help and add something to the garden.

Step 1: Ingredients

  • Cans (I rescued these from the recycling bin at my flats - my neighbours drink exciting looking beer)
  • Old newspaper for resting cans on
  • Not the 'good scissors'
  • Stick glue
  • Sharpie
  • Old pen
  • Sticks (these are from a local takeaway but also icy pole sticks)
  • Backwards printed names I have included a PDF of some that I printed at 100%

Step 2: Cut the Cans

Use the 'not good' scissors to take off the top and bottom and flatten the cans a bit by running against the edge of something like a bench.

Step 3: Pressing Matters

  • Glue the name you want to the wrong side of the can
  • Use the old pen to press down along the letters
  • You can have it all as dots
  • Or you can just put dots at the important parts of the letters, remove the paper and then use the printed name as a guide to join the dots in solid lines.

Step 4: Cutting and Folding

  • Add a little box at the bottom of the name
  • Cut around the whole thing including the outer 'boxes' drawn underneath and remove the paper
  • Fold the 'tabs' over before putting them around the stick, this will make it a bit harder to put the stick in - but it will hold better

Step 5: Finished

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    2 Discussions


    15 days ago

    Fabulous idea, and fun to read (exciting looking beer, "not good" scissors) I'm going to make some for my gardens.

    Alex in NZ

    16 days ago

    D'oh!!! This is one of those "Why have I never thought of this" ideas! This is _BRILLIANT_. Thank you so much for this idea :-)