How To DIY Plant Markers Made From Junk


How To DIY Plant Markers Made From Junk

Modern plant signs can be made from recycled items and yard waste. Here are some easy ideas you can try in your flower beds and container gardens.

Recycled materials to use as garden signs

Here are some great items you can use as garden signs.

Wine Corks

Wine cork plant markers are small, cute and easy to make, especially suitable for kitchen container gardens and herb gardens. It only requires two pieces of old, unwanted wine corks and a length of strong coat hanger wire.

First, cut the coat hanger wire to the desired length using tin buttons or wire cutters. Next, insert a long wire into the wine corks with the names of the plants written on them, and you're done!
Don't have an old coat hanger? Used chopsticks work the same way.


If you've saved the plastic plant tags that came with your plants in nursery pots, you can easily make stylish plant tags using metal kitchen skewers. First, cut the tags into desired shapes, then drill holes in each one using a hole punch tool. Place the marks on the round handles of the skewers, and your plant markers are ready to use.

Wine Bottles

Do you have a bottle tree in your garden? Then you definitely need matching plant tags! Simply stencil or paint plant names on empty wine bottles with acrylic paint, then spray them with sealant before attaching them to the sticks.

Mason Jars

These beautiful plant markers are great for marking garden rows, and only require three things: a mason jar, a paint stirrer, and a seed packet. Place an empty seed packet on one end of the stirrer, stick the other end of the stirrer into the ground and top with a mason jar to protect the packet from the elements.

Home Supplies

Consider these home supplies for your plant tags:

Wooden Spoons

Even if you take care of them, like wooden cutting boards, wooden spoons can only be used for so long that they become completely unusable, even unhygienic. Don't kick them out though. Whether plain or painted, they make excellent plant markers. Simply add the plant name and/or photo to the spoon bowl. A little bit of thread or raffia on the handle also looks good.

Can Lids

To make marks on the can lid, make a hole or hole in the container of a used canning lid or tin lid. Hang the cover along the wire of a coat hanger, or tie it onto an old shish kebab skewer. Decorate it with beads, charms, or anything else that catches your eye.

Paint Stirrers

Because paint stirrers are large, they make excellent plant markers in the vegetable garden. Simply write, stencil or paint on the names of cleaned or used plants, taping the unpainted ends to the ground.


You can make plant tags from a fabric pot in no time. Simply clip clothespins labeled with plant names on branches, paint stirrers, shims, or lengths of coat hanger wire.


If you have a lot of old silverware or find it cheap at a yard sale, you're in luck. There are lots of easy ways to use old forks, spoons, and knives to mark your plants. Here are some of the easier ones.

Write the names of plants with a sharpie on the handles of old forks and knives.
Spear wine corks engraved with botanical names with barbed teeth.
Glue handmade pictures or pictures from seed packets onto spoon containers. Write the names of the plants and decorate with string or raffia if desired. Artsy Wawa's tutorial recommends small icing spoons because they have longer handles.
Use fork templates to hold seed packets or plant name tags made from old can lids or used canning jar lids.

Other Materials

Here are three other ideas to consider:


Drawing, stenciling, or writing on flat rocks with a marker is another easy way to label plants. Feeling creative? Use a rock for each letter of the plant's name, or arrange rocks in interesting patterns, such as footprints, bare feet, or flowers.


This idea for a rustic twig plant sign comes from Urban Gardens, and it couldn't be simpler. Simply find a sturdy stick, preferably one you like, peel off part of the bark, write or stamp the name of the plant on the bare bark and throw the stick into the ground.

Clay Pots

Not sure what to do with cracked pottery? Divide it into pieces, write the plant names on the pieces, and use them to name your plants.

Pottery pots with plant names and/or pictures on them also make beautiful plant signs. Place large upside-down pots at the end of rows in your vegetable garden, or place small clay pots or straws and cornstalks on top of branches as markers for container plants.

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