Handmade Gifts for Gardeners

Overview

Create unique and distinctive plant markers as gifts for your gardening friends. You do not need any special crafting skills to create these homemade gifts and you can find all of the materials for this project at your local craft store. Look for craft wire in a variety of colors to add design interest to the plant markers. You'll also find flat-backed glass cabochons in a variety of shapes and colors; select an assortment to add sparkle to your designs.

Step 1

Cut 4-inch by 3-inch sections of copper foil for each plant marker you intend to make. Household shears will cut the foil, but you can also use scrapbooking scissors to create a design around the edges.

Step 2

Place a stack of newspapers or magazines on your work station. Place the copper foil on the paper. Write the names of herbs, flowers and plants onto the copper with a stylus. A stylus can be any blunt-edged instrument, such as a dry ball point pen or crochet needle. You can also purchase an embossing stylus from your craft store. Press firmly into the copper with the stylus as you write; the paper allows the copper to give so you can create an embossed design on one side and an engraved design on the other as you write.

Step 3

Place each of the engraved copper markers onto a wooden block so that you create a hole for hanging. The wood offers a firm background for hammering a nail through the copper. Hammer a penny nail between 1/4 and 1/2 inches from the top rim of the plant marker. The nail will go into the wood just a bit, but you can easily remove it with a tug.

Step 4

Glue flat-backed glass cabochons on both sides of the copper markers. Place the stones randomly but don't cover the words. Let the adhesive dry.

Step 5

Cut a 20-inch section of 12-gauge craft wire for each plant marker. Bend each of the wires to form a U shape that is 5 inches wide.

Step 6

Cut a 4-inch section of 20-gauge craft wire for each plant hanger. Insert one 4-inch wire halfway through the hole in the top of the copper marker. Twist the wire together from the top of the marker to 1/2 inch from the end. Separate the ends of the wire and wrap them around the center of the U-shaped wire so that the copper plant marker dangles when the U is inverted. Gardeners can insert the inverted U stands straight into the ground to mark their plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Copper foil
  • Household shears
  • Newspapers
  • Stylus
  • Hammer
  • Penny nail
  • Block of wood
  • Glass cabochons
  • Waterproof adhesive
  • 12-gauge craft wire
  • 20-gauge craft wire

References

  • Crafting with Copper Foil

Who Can Help

  • Embossing Metal
Keywords: gardener gifts, plant markers, copper markers

About this Author

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.