Create hand stamped garden markers for plant identification or to add a little garden whimsy!
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Spring seems to have finally arrived here in North Carolina and I’ve been spending my free time outdoors, doing some garden clean up and planting. I ran across some copper garden stakes recently that I thought would come in handy for plant identification and to add a little garden whimsy as a fun DIY!
I found the copper garden stakes at Target, but you can find them at garden centers and online.
I purchased a metal letter punch set several years ago with the intention of making some stamped spoon markers. The stamped spoons turned out to be way harder than I imagined, requiring a lot of hand strength, not to mention ear protection! After many failed attempts and ruining several spoons I decided it was much easier to purchase the stamped spoons from Etsy. ;)
My metal stamp punch set is a 3 mm (1/8 inch) size and ideal for stamping the copper garden markers. You can find 3 mm letter punch sets on Amazon, and there are different fonts to choose from and sets with numbers that weren’t available when I purchased mine.
The copper banner on the garden markers is soft and only needs a few strikes with a small hammer to make a letter impression, unlike the surface of a metal spoon. There is a bit of a learning curve, but this a fun project that is addictive! You can make markers for your veggie garden, flowers, herbs, or personalize them for gifts.
I made a couple of markers to identify some plants like Silver Anouk Lavender that I can never recall the name of. I have several plants coming up that I’m waiting to identify as they mature. For the moment, I’m referring to them as ‘Plantus Unknownus’ ;)
I used a scrap piece of wood as a base to lay the copper plant marker on to punch the letters. Since the copper is soft, you want a surface that is smooth and without any texture that might transfer to your marker. Use a piece of masking tape to help you keep the letters in a straight line. I marked the center of the tape and worked my way out from the center. You want to strike a balance (pun intended ;) between hitting hard enough to leave the impression of your letter, but not so hard that you punch a hole through the copper. It will also depend on the weight of your hammer. I found that 4 strikes per letter worked for me.
Use a Sharpie to fill in your lettering to make it more visible if desired.
(Fine was too big for my letters, I needed an extra fine Sharpie.)
Never Enough Thyme
Stop and Smell the Rosemary
So Many Seeds So Little Yard
The copper garden markers will age and acquire a pretty patina and verdigris over time.
I hope spring has arrived in your neck of the woods and you’re surviving the pollen!
Keep Calm and Garden On ♥
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Love this post. Thank you for the inspiration. I have several plants that neighbors have been kind enough to share and I can now identify them and include a name. Love the whimsical ones you have. Your posts always include helpful details which we DIYers really appreciate. Thank you
Thanks for sharing. I think my son in Germany would love to have some of these in his garden.
Mary, what a creative project! Your tutorials are always easy to follow. I am so glad I am not the only one who can’t remember plant names. I can’t believe it is 37 degrees this morning on the 16th day of April!
What fun notes you have on your markers!! Great idea.
thank you for sharing this idea, love it!! I love your quilted table cloth did you make it?
These are adorable and hilarious Mary! I have always wondered how hard this is, sounds like fun but I’m sure mine would be a hot mess! I love the “Plantus Unknownus” that would be the only one I would need 🤣
Bonjour, super sympas ces étiquettes….très très jolies…J’aime beaucoup ! :-)
You are so creative! Love the sayings. Thanks for sharing🌺
Now that’s brilliant, and what a great gift those would make for a gardener! Good words, too. :)
One day of warm gardening weather over the weekend, now back to weird weather this week – rain, wind, cold, heat up one day, and repeat.
Too cute and loads of fun!
Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.
Oh gosh Mary, these are soooo cute! I have that little stamping set, too, and I tried years ago, and just couldn’t. My late beloved attempted it for me, and he was better than me at it. I can see where the copper would be so much easier. I will look at Target. I particularly loved the “Planutus Unknownus”!!! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing your ideas, Mary! I’m going to see if our Target has these. Love seeing your creativity!
Mary, After this frigid winter I need a few that say Plantus Deadus. I love your markers and you certainly make it sound like a fun project. But my question is, how do you maintain those beautiful nails AND your gorgeous garden?? I think I need some of your magical garden gloves! So happy to hear Spring has arrived for you. Linda
Another great post, Mary…..thank for the tips provided here. This post also helped conjure up some very clever replies from your reading audience…smiles here…:)
I currently have plastic markers, which help in remembering those not so common plants,but these copper ones are so much better! Will check out our Target. All your sayings are perfect! We had 77 degrees one day and the next day 33 with high strong winds for 2 days. Yesterday an ice storm, ugh. We are SO tired of it, we are planning to come south for a few days. The Biltmore is on the agenda and I’m pretty excited😉.
You nailed it again!! Really, really handsome and handy!! franki
I had some of these and forgot all about them. Thank you for the link to the letter press.
Yours look wonderful!
Mary, it is such a pleasure reading your posts. They seem to always put a smile on my face (and some time a good old fashioned belly laugh). I also LOVE that you are still ad free (what a revolting creation)!! On a side note, I also love your recipes, but claim them as my own! (Can I do that???)😉
Adorable and clever.
Really cute! I’m so glad to hear about your ~real experience~ with stamping spoons Mary. It’s one of those things that has always been on my mind but I just thought it looked a little tougher than imagined. Gonna take your advice and stick to Etsy too:@) Enjoy the nicer weather!
What a great project. I love the sayings.
OMG!!! Love this idea and the cutesy names..also, your gloves..where did you get them? They look like a combo of leather and a sailcloth or heavy material!! Just what I need.. thanks for the tip!! 👍🏻❤️
Thanks Ellen! My gloves came from Lowe’s :)
Great idea and I love the look! Thank you!!
What a great idea and fun project! Still waiting for spring in our area, this past weekend we received 28.5 inches of snow…it was gone finally!
Your plant markers made me smile this morning. I love this smart idea of creating markers that can be used year after year!
Very cute idea, when I had my huge iris garden this would have been fun. I hear you on the spoons, tried that too!
Just lovely! The sun has finally come out here and is melting the few feet of snow we still have. Now is the hard part and waiting to see what comes up and has survived the winter!!
I will defiantly have to make some markers as I tend to forget the names of some plants!
wow….I missed this post!….I LOVE the copper markers!….Great idea to stamp them!
What a wonderful project! I would love to make these for myself and for gifts. I’m so glad you shared this. :)
I would love a kit. They’re so much fun!!! I probably need to label a few of our heirloom roses so I don’t forget what they are.
Super cute! I have had a punch set like that for years. I used it in my scrapbooking. Going to have to get some of the markers. Thanks for sharing with the Garden Party.
What a cute idea. I have those letter stamps and you are right – it is not easy to stamp on spoons!! This looks like more fun!
What a smart idea! Dan has a punch set. I should have started marking my plants years ago. What a great post for the Garden Party!
Love this clever, fun idea. They look so much more expensive than $3