How to Make Your Own Garden Markers


Garden markers identify herbs, flowers, plants and vegetables that grow in your garden. You can make your own garden markers to add a touch of whimsy to your landscape. One garden marker design you can make resembles a picket fence or a garden gate. A craft or discount store should have everything you need to create decorative gate-style plant markers.

Step 1

Position five crafts sticks in a vertical row, side by side and spaced 1/2 inch apart. Make sure the ends are flush.

Step 2

Position one craft stick horizontally across the five sticks, 2 inches from the top of the craft sticks. Position another craft stick horizontally across the five craft sticks, 2 inches from the bottom of the vertical sticks. The design should resemble a picket fence/garden gate. Adjust the spacing as needed between the five vertical craft sticks so the ends of the two horizontal craft sticks protrude about 1/2 inch beyond the vertical craft sticks.

Step 3

Make a pencil mark on the face of the horizontal craft sticks where they touch the vertical craft sticks. Cover the marks with waterproof construction adhesive.

Step 4

Flip the horizontal sticks over and press the adhesive side down against the vertical craft sticks. Allow the adhesive to dry completely. This is the back side of the garden marker.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 1 through 4 to make as many garden markers as you need.

Step 6

Paint the craft stick garden markers and one wooden stake for each marker with acrylic paint. Let the paint dry. Write the names of the plants along the vertical craft sticks in permanent marker. Allow the marker to dry completely.

Step 7

Spray the painted markers and stakes with exterior polyurethane for protection. Let the polyurethane dry.

Step 8

Nail the garden markers to the top of the stakes. Insert the stakes into the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • 7 craft sticks
  • Pencil
  • Waterproof construction adhesive
  • Acrylic paint
  • Permanent markers
  • Wooden stakes
  • Exterior polyurethane spray
  • Hammer
  • Decking nails


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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.