I have a jar of Mod Podge Outdoor that has been calling my name! You see, when spring is right around the corner, I love making projects to celebrate. Warmer weather is here, and one of the things that means to me is gardening. This year, I’m going to create a mini garden near my condo patio, and of course, I need tags to label the various plants. When I saw this post by The Prudent Garden, I was inspired to make some of my own garden stakes! I created a free printable so that you can join in the fun too. Here’s how I made these spring garden markers.
- Printer (laserjet preferred)
- Presentation paper – 180 gsm min, or white cardstock to print on
- Garden marker lid template (Download)
- Mod Podge Outdoor
- Mason jar lids – one for each marker
- Floral picks
- 2-inch circle punch
- Power punch or hole punch strong enough to make a hole in thin metal
Print out your free garden marker printable on thick paper. Cut into strips and use the 2-inch hole punch to punch the labels of your choice right inside the lines.
Place a medium layer of Outdoor Mod Podge on the Mason jar lids using your paintbrush.
Press the labels down into the Mod Podge using your fingers. Smooth and make sure to wipe away the excess that comes out the sides. Let it dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Give all of your labels a top coat of Mod Podge and let them dry. Then give at least two more coats. If Mod Podge leaks onto the metal section left on the Mason jar lids, that is fine – it will dry clear.
Use the power punch or hole punch to put a small hole at the top of your plant label.
TIP #1: If you don’t have a punch, you can also use a hammer and nail to make the hole! It won’t be as clean as with a punch, but it will work just fine. Just make sure to put a board under the lid before you punch the hole so that the nail has something to go in to.
The plant picks I purchased had wire already at the top so I used this to wrap through the hole several tips and attach the lid to the stick.
TIP #2: You can use small wood dowel rods and thin jewelry wire to get the same effect as above!
I absolutely love my garden stakes! I’ve purchased the plants and can’t wait to get them in the ground to use as markers. They are so fun for spring!