Homemade Garden Plant Labels


Many plants look similar before they begin flowering or fruiting. Labeling helps organize your garden and ensures you give the correct care to each plant. In flower and herb gardens, plant labels also add a decorative element while informing visitors to your home what each plant is. Label materials break down over time, but hand-painted wooden labels often last several seasons before requiring repair. Create homemade plant labels for your own garden or give them as a gift to a fellow gardener.

Step 1

Cut a 3/4-inch diameter wooden dowel into 6-inch lengths with a handsaw. Adjust the length of the dowel as desired depending on your preference for the labels' finished height.

Step 2

Place a bead of wood glue on the back of a wooden cut-out, available from craft stores. Press one end of the dowel into the glue. Allow the glue to dry for one hour or the time specified on the label.

Step 3

Paint the wooden cut-out in the desired color with acrylic paints. Add any decorative elements desired, depending on the shape of the cut-out. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 4

Paint the name of the plant in the center of the wooden cut-out, using a color of paint that contrasts with that used as the background. Use acrylic paints and a fine brush or use a paint pen to write the plant name.

Step 5

Paint a coat of clear sealant or lacquer over the surface of the wood once the acrylic paint dries. Sealant extends the life of your plant marker. Allow the sealant to dry completely before placing the label in the garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Dowel Handsaw Wood cut-outs Wood glue Acrylic paint Brushes Paint pens Lacquer


  • Penn State University Extension: Gardening With Young Children--Dig In!
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About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.