DIY Garden Markers

diy garden markers - a beautiful way to label plants in the garden & a great gift!

This month, Lowe’s challenged us to create our own plant or garden markers. While I’m in the mood for Spring, the Kansas winter is lingering on & snow is still on the ground. I decided this would be a fun opportunity to create a gift for a great friend that her & her family can enjoy. I love the Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenges because they encourage me to do things I hadn’t dreamt of. At first it felt like all the ideas I could think of had been done. Then, it hit me. I remembered Michael Wurm’s gold magnetic letters. I’m not really a magnet on the refrigerator kind of girl, but I was enamored with their beauty. Yes, I was inspired by Inspired by Charm. I love copper in the garden – it’s just gorgeous how it captures the light & weathers beautifully with time. So, it was off to Lowe’s!

diy garden markers - a beautiful way to label plants in the garden & a great gift!

Supplies:

copper grounding wire

plastic letters

spray paint {highly recommend Rustoleum Metallic in copper for a perfect match}

hot glue gun

Time:

10 minutes, start to finish

diy garden markers - a beautiful way to label plants in the garden & a great gift!

How to:

1. spray paint your letters & allow them to dry

2. cut grounding wire into 1′ sections

3. straighten grounding wire

4. glue the letter to the wire

diy garden markers - a beautiful way to label plants in the garden & a great gift!

I paired the garden markers with adorable seed packets I found at a local store – aren’t they pretty? Wrap with a ribbon & they’re ready to gift!

diy garden markers - a beautiful way to label plants in the garden & a great gift!

diy garden markers - a beautiful way to label plants in the garden & a great gift!

It took me two tries to get just the right match for true copper spray paint…be sure to use Rustoleum Metallic. Caps can be deceitful!

diy garden markers - a beautiful way to label plants in the garden & a great gift!

diy garden markers - a beautiful way to label plants in the garden & a great gift!

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Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.

15 Comments

  • Reply March 8, 2014

    Michael Wurm, Jr.

    Julie, these are adorable!! What a brilliant idea. :)

    xo Michael

  • Reply March 17, 2014

    Lauren

    This is such a cute idea. Very creative. I want to begin this project ASAP, but I don’t know where to get plastic letters from or what kind of plastic letter.
    What kind did you use? And where did you get them from?

    Thank you!!!

    • Reply March 17, 2014

      Julie

      Thank you! Just the standard plastic letters/magnets {bright/colorful} you get from a toy or dollar store. Enjoy!

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  • What a lovely idea! So creative!

    • Reply April 5, 2014

      Julie

      Thanks Nicole! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply April 5, 2014

    Nancy Mock

    These are so lovely! And they look like a good way to get use out of magnetic letters that no one plays with anymore :) Thanks for sharing this!

    Nancy at Hungry Enough To Eat Six

    • Reply April 6, 2014

      Julie

      Thank you Nancy! I always love to repurpose, especially when it helps decluttering!

  • Reply April 9, 2014

    Cara

    What a fun, stylish project! A great gift idea, for others–and myself!–I think I’ll make them for my own garden. :-)

    • Reply April 10, 2014

      Julie

      Thanks, Cara! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I just made a set for myself.

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  • Julie, I love this idea! Perfect gift, especially for the new gardener, even the indoor gardener!

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