Tuesday, May 31, 2022

DIY Herb Markers With Popsicle Sticks

Learn how to make DIY plant markers for your vegetable plants, flowers, or herbs.  These cute garden markers are very easy to make with popsicle sticks.  I stamped on mine, but I also have a free printable to make your own. Use them to label your plants or as a cute decoration when gifting a potted plant or herb.





DIY Plant Marker Craft


I love growing my own herbs because they taste so much better than what you buy at the store.  I use a lot of herbs in cooking and canning, and I'm kind of an herb snob.


That's not to say that I don't buy some herbs.  I do buy several kinds of herbs that I don't grow, but I do buy high quality herbs.


I buy most of my herbs in bulk from the Amish bulk food stores.  If you don't have bulk stores near you, you can still get quality herbs from The Plant Guru, Mountain Maus Remedies, Grassroots Herb Supply, or Mountain Rose Herbs.


I grow about about six kinds of herbs each year.  These are the ones I go thorough a lot of, like parsley, oregano, basil, and chamomile.  Check out my essential herbs and spices for pantry for ideas on what to grow.


I plant my herbs on my patio in a tiered herb garden.  Since they are where we sit and entertain guests, I want cute garden markers.  


This year, I make some popsicle stick plant labels.


For more information about herb gardens, check out these posts:






How Do You Label Potted Plants


There are several ways to label potted plants.  You can use these popsicle stick plant labels or label the container.  


I usually just use a chalk label and label them that way.  


You can also find cute garden markers on Etsy.


Can You Use Popsicle Stick Plant Markers Indoors and Outdoors?


Yes, you can use these popsicle stick garden markers indoors or outdoors.  They will last for at least one season outside.


They will eventually break down, but they are cheap and easy to make.


Do Wooden Plant Labels Last?


You can expect these DIY herb markers to last for one year.  Wood breaks down in the elements, so they may not last into the next year.  


These homemade garden plant markers will last longer indoors.





Can You Use Popsicle Sticks as Plant Markers?


Yes, you can make popsicle stick plant markers.  They are food safe, so you don't have to worry about contaminating your soil.


These popsicle stick plant labels are the perfect size for small pots or to use in a container garden.  


Are Popsicle Sticks Biodegradable?


Yes, popsicle sticks are biodegradable and compostable.  However, the string is not.  


I recommend removing them at the end of the season and tossing the strong.  The sticks can be composted or tossed.


How Do You Seal a Popsicle Stick?


I didn't seal my herb garden markers DIY.  However, you can use Mod Podge Outdoor formula to seal them.  It's non-toxic and waterproof.


It will help your popsicle stick garden markers last longer.





What to Use to Write on DIY Herb Markers


I used stamps with a vintage typewriter font to make my popsicle stick plant markers.  However, you can also use a Sharpie or even paint the letters.


If you don't have stamps, you can also print the words.  I have a free printable in a typewriter font.  


Simply print the labels, cut them, and use Mod Podge to Outdoor formula to glue them.  Then seal them with two coats.


Herb Garden Markers DIY Supplies


You will need the following to make homemade garden plant markers:







How to Make Simple Plant Markers


Step #1


Paint the front, back, and sides of the jumbo craft sticks with white paint.  The wood sticks will absorb a lot of the paint.  This makes a nice rustic finish, so I didn't add another coat.  You can add another coat if you want to.





Step #2


Use the heavy duty hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the craft stick.  Be sure to place the hole about 1/4 inch from the top so the wood doesn't split.  





Step #3


Cut an 8 inch section of jute twine.  Thread it through the hole at the top of the jumbo craft stick.  Tie it into a bow.  Trim long ends.





Step #4


Lay the letter out to create the name.  Tap each letter into the black ink and stamp onto the craft stick.  Continue with each letter.





Some parts of the letters may not stamp well.  I think it makes these popsicle stick plant markers look rustic, but you can fill it in with a sharpie if desired.


Mix upper and lower case for a quirky look for your cute garden markers.


Step #5


Repeat with all of the jumbo craft sticks.  





Now you know how to make easy DIY plant markers!  These would be so cute in a potted plant to give as a gift.  You could also give a gift of small pots, seed packets, and these cute easy DIY plant markers.


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plant marker, herb marker, popsicle stick
Yield: 8 sticks
Author: Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
Estimated cost: $10

DIY Herb Markers With Popsicle Sticks

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
How to make simple homemade herb markers with popsicle stick.

materials:

  • Jumbo wooden craft sticks
  • White acrylic paint or chalk paint
  • American Typewriter stamps
  • Jute twine
  • Black ink pad
  • Permanent marker

tools:

  • Heavy duty hole punch
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

steps:

  1. Paint the front, back, and sides of the jumbo craft sticks with white paint. The wood sticks will absorb a lot of the paint. This makes a nice rustic finish, so I didn't add another coat. You can add another coat if you want to.
  2. Use the heavy duty hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the craft stick. Be sure to place the hole about 1/4 inch from the top so the wood doesn't split.
  3. Cut an 8 inch section of jute twine. Thread it through the hole at the top of the jumbo craft stick. Tie it into a bow. Trim long ends.
  4. Lay the letter out to create the name. Tap each letter into the black ink and stamp onto the craft stick. Continue with each letter.
  5. Some parts of the letters may not stamp well. I think it makes these popsicle stick plant markers look rustic, but you can fill it in with a sharpie if desired.
  6. Mix upper and lower case for a quirky look for your cute garden markers.
  7. Repeat with all of the jumbo craft sticks.
Created using Craft Card Maker

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