Garden Plant Markers | homemade herb labels

Garden Plant Markers | homemade herb labels

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Garden Plant Markers – Homemade Herb Labels | Despite the cold winter weather still lingering around I couldn’t wait any longer to get my hands in some dirt. Once the stores start displaying their spring goodies this time of year I usually can’t help myself.

We always try starting some plants from seed – mainly our herbs. It usually becomes an activity CJ is interested in as he loves getting his hands dirty too. Sometimes the seeds grow and sometimes we’re just left with a dirt filled pot – but the whole process is a fun one for both of us either way.

Homemade Plant Markers

While the boys worked on filling the pots with dirt, I put together these incredibly easy garden plant markers.  The fun washi tape patterns add a little flair to the dirt filled cups  while we’re waiting on the much anticipated green to make an appearance.

They take just minutes to put together and if you decide to use them outdoors, the bamboo holds up really well.

Materials Needed:
Flat Bamboo Skewers
Washi Crafting Tape
Mini Alphabet Stamps & Ink Pad

Additional Supplies Needed: Scissors

DIY Herb Markers

Step One: Cut the skewers.

Flat style bamboo grilling skewers were used for this project. They can be found at World Market and online here. They are available in many different sizes though I always have the 12 inch skewers on hand for cooking – and just cut them down to size for this project. Since the seed starter pots are on the smaller size, each skewer was cut into three pieces – each approximately 4inches long.

Homemade Herb Markers

Step Two: Wrap a band of washi tape near the top of the skewer – as shown above.

If you’re not familiar with washi tape, it is a decorative paper tape, similar to a masking tape, originating from Japan. Washi tape can be found in many decorative colors, patterns and fun designs. The Black Pin Dot and Wild Leopard prints from the new Duck Brand Craft Tapes line were used above.

Washi Tape Crafts

Step Three: (optional) Color the top of the skewer with a permanent marker.

Herb Markers

Step Four: Label the skewers using stamps.

Since these will be used to label our seed starter pots I decided to just stamp the first letter of each herb we planted. The mini alphabet stamps were found in the scrapbooking section of our local craft store – they come in a variety of fonts and can be found online here.

Wooden Skewer Herb Markers

Step Five: Add a second band of washi tape.

Wooden Herb Garden Markers

Garden Plant Markers

If you like to start your seeds indoors I’ll be sharing the easy & super inexpensive tutorial for the handmade starter pots tomorrow.

Herb Markers

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  1. I just love this! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. These are adorable! Where did you find the washi tape? I’ve never seen an animal print before! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Teri – Thanks so much. Both of the washi tape patterns used above are from Duck Brand. The crafting tape line is still fairly new so I have not seen them in-stores just yet – at least not in my area. The wild leopard print is currently available online, though, here. Some of the patterns are also carried at Office Max – though I don’t see that the leopard is currently available. Hope that helps…

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this great tip. Sometimes it is a surprise when the seed some up. This way you know what is planted.

  4. These look really easy and still really adorable! I wonder if it would work just as well to use the patterned duct tape from Home Depot or a similar home improvement store… Can’t wait to try this out as the time for gardening approaches. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow. What a cute and original idea. Love these! Thanks so much for sharing… I’m so inspired!

  6. Hi Stephanie,
    This is such a good idea. I don’t do much planting because I am usually disappointed. But I am going to try my hand at again…probably tomorrow. My brother will be helping. I sure hope I have a harvest this time. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Those are so cute, and I love the little bit-o-animal print. Roar 😉


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