Making My Mark

With the gardening going full steam ahead, it's time to get some craft on. 
These markers can be found here
I almost bought some garden markers, but thought I could make some for much cheaper. These cute ones are $7 a pop, and while a think they are worth the money, my crafty frugal side thinks I could make them for a fraction of the cost. For the herb garden alone I needed eleven garden markers. I would probably never shell out $77+ for garden markers, but for $20, sure.
  • Polyuerthane, from home
  • Mod Podge, from home
  • Print out of cute pictures of herbs with names on parchment paper, made it using Google Images. Than just pasted the images to Microsoft Word and chose a font I liked.
  • Silver spoons, $19.58 for 11, from local antique store
  • Paint brush, from home
  • (not pictured) rubber mallet and scrap wood

On average each garden marker cost $1.78

The great thing about always trying to make stuff yourself is you almost always have the supplies at home. :)
The first thing I did was semi-flatten the silver spoons with a rubber mallet on top of some scrap wood. You could skip this step, I just liked the look of the flattened spoon better.
Next, I cut out the herb images and Mod Podged 'em to the spoons and let them dry a couple hours. Please note Mod Podge is not water proof. If you want to use the markers outside you gotta seal them.
Once they are dry, you can add a coat of polyuerthane. Let dry for a 24 hour period. I wanted two coats, so I repeated and let dry for another 24 hours.

Here are how a few of mine turned out. When my herb garden gets more established, I'll take more pictures.
That's my baby basil

I have been admiring other DIY garden markers too.

Polymer Clay Garden Markers from Wit and Whistle

Antique Silver Spoon Markers from Shrimp Salad Circus

Vintage Fabric Markers at Design Sponge

Can't forget about good ol' popsicle sticks from Heavy Petal

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