Learn how easy it is to make your own copper garden markers with minimal supplies. Set these classic looking plant labels in your garden to better identify and organize your plants!  

Cute copper DIY garden markers packaged with seed packets.
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I get the gardening itch right after Easter. In the midwest, it’s the perfect time to start your seedlings indoors or even plant some hardier plants out of doors.

Whether you’re planning to grow a flower garden, vegetable garden, herb garden, or just remember which species of plants you currently have in your yard, these DIY Garden Labels are the perfect markers to help you keep track!

You can create your own plant or garden markers in minutes. 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 and her family can enjoy.

I love copper in my own garden – it’s just gorgeous how it captures the light and weathers beautifully with time.

A plant with a copper \"R\" letter marker in it.

This project was surprisingly straightforward and quick. Hands on work only took about 10 minutes. However, it is important to factor a little extra time for the paint to thoroughly dry.

This would be a fun project to do with kids or friends!

How to Make Garden Labels

A copper garden marker with plant seeds.


  • Copper Grounding Wire
  • Plastic Letters
  • Spray Paint (I highly recommend Rustoleum Metallic in copper for a perfect match)


  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Measuring Tape
  • Plastic sheet or an Old Newspaper (optional if painting out of doors)

How to Make

1. Spray paint your letters and allow them to dry.

2. Cut grounding wire into 1′ sections.

3. Straighten grounding wire.

4. Glue the letter to the wire.

Three copper letter markers and plant seeds.


  • 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!
  • This spray paint can be found at most hardware stores. If you’re in doubt, call the store ahead of time to save an extra trip.
  • Plastic letters make great plastic plant labels as they do not rust, and weather the outdoors beautifully.
  • These Garden Markers make great gifts! Copper is such a classic color that it will match almost any landscaping design.  
Three copper letter markers tied together with a ribbon and plant seeds as well.
Three copper letter markers tied together with a ribbon and plant seeds as well.
A plant with a copper \"R\" letter marker in it.

Other Uses for Plant Markers

Labeling is one of the most important parts of organization. This holds true even in your garden.

More uses for these handy plant markers include markings for your seed trays, nursery garden labels, replacing the tags from the nursery garden, and can even work for flower basket hanging tags. 

A plant with a copper \"R\" letter marker in it.

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

  2. 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!!!

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