Upcycled Aluminium Herb Signs

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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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    struno

    15 days ago

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

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    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 :-)