DIY Plant Labels

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.” -Henry David Thoreau

I’ve been looking for some plant labels that add an extra pop to my vegetable and herb raised beds. I do not like to spend money and would much rather reuse, recycle, or DIY my own. Of course I checked out Pinterest and saw some chalk painted painter-stir sticks that I fell in love with. As I thought about their size and shape a bit more, I decided I liked a square shaped rod if I could find something….but I would use the paint sticks if they were cheaper. I had already decided NOT to use a chalk paint since I did not have it on hand, and I saw no need to break the piggy bank just for plant labels, no matter how cool they looked. I already had some matte black acrylic paint that would do but I ended up doing something different. Now, I just needed a white pen that would not wash off in the weather.

20190429_171156On my next run to Walmart, I found a white paint pen that looked promising for $2.24.

Also, I found some nice 5 ft tomato stakes at $3.26 for a 4-pack. I figured I could cut each one into foot long sections, making 20 markers, and I did just that.

But then I thought about doing the Shou Sugi Ban burn method instead of painting them black, which would seal the wood while keeping paint out of the garden. A nice trade. I used my weed torch to burn the wood and was surprised how easy it was. Watch out…. I have some more plans for the Shou Sugi Ban.

20190429_135715Next, I wrote my plant names using the white paint pen. I practiced first, to find the lettering I wanted. I went with block lettering.

What do you think? I really like how they turned out.

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3 thoughts on “DIY Plant Labels

  1. Nicely done! I’ve tried many DIY plant labeling methods over the years and have landed on unlabeled plants as my final result. I do show varieties alphabetically and take a picture so I can reference which one did best for next year, but any formal labeling system is shot once it leaves my “popsicle sticks in the seed tray” method.

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    1. Thank you. While doing this, I realized that what I actually need is not the generic name but the specific species. For example, this year I grew French Breakfast radishes which are doing very well and have a superior taste in my book. The stick DOES have 4 sides so maybe I could write it on the back … but what if I go with a different radish next year? Just sand it off and re-burn it I suppose. Food for
      thought!

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