5 Homemade Plant Markers

Use our instructions for 5 DIY plant markers and add some zing to your garden.

1. Leftover Lid Plant Markers
Repurpose junk into garden treasure! Save lids from jars, containers or cans and repurpose extra wire hangers. If you’ve transferred leftover paint into another container, this is the perfect way to reuse the lid!

Wire cutters
Hammer and nail or craft knife
Permanent marker


  1. Unwind the hanger with pliers
  2. Trim to desired height with wire cutters (remember, 5-7 1/2 centimetres (2-3 inches) will be in soil)
  3. Bend one end of the wire down about 5 centimetres (2 inches), then up again about 2 1/2 centimetres (1 inch), creating a hook
  4. Using a craft knife or hammer and nail, make a hole at the top of the lid
  5. Use the permanent marker to label the lid with the plant name
  6. Slip the lid onto the hook

Tip: Labelling an indoor herb garden? In lieu of lids, carve plant names into salt dough ornament circles before baking for markers with old-fashioned charm.

2. Chalkboard Paint-stirrer Plant Markers
With a few extra paint stirrers and some chalkboard paint, you can have reusable markers that really allow you to show off your creativity!

Leftover paint stirrers (they can be bought in bulk as well)
Chalkboard paint
Colourful chalk
Outdoor primer (optional)
Sealant (optional)

If you want the markers to last longer, apply the outdoor primer
Paint the marker with the chalkboard paint (give it two or three coats)
Let the paint dry
Write the plant names (or even draw what the seedlings will be!) on the stirrers with colourful chalk
Add a coat of sealant to preserve the paint and chalk, if desired*

Tip: Try the same technique on extra craft sticks or wooden rulers.

*Tip: Be sure the paint is completely dry before adding sealant.

3. Stone Plant Markers
These pebble plant labels add naturally sweet style to flowerbeds and vegetable plots.

Flat, smooth stones (large river rocks work great)
Waterproof paint
Waterproof paint pens


  1. Paint the rocks to resemble illustrations of what the seedlings will become
  2. Write out plant names with waterproof paint pens on the stones, allow to dry
  3. Place the stones in your garden and gently twist them into the soil for security

4. Pennant Plant Markers
Wrap coloured duct tape around chopsticks (or pencils) to create labels that double as festive garden flags!

Colourful duct tape
Chopsticks or pencils
Permanent marker


  1. Wrap a piece of tape over itself around the tip of the chopstick or pencil
  2. Cut the tape into a triangle or other shape
  3. Write out the plant name with permanent marker

Tip: Make pennant plant markers in a rainbow of colours to set a bright and cheerful garden scene.

5. Silverware Plant Markers
No matter what it’s made of, flatware makes for three quick, cute plant markers.

Flatware (make sure you have enough for all your plant types)
Permanent markers
Pliers (optional)

There are three distinct ways to use flatware as a plant marker:

  1. Write plant names on handles with permanent markers, and then push the ends into soil
  2. Label the tops of spoons and plant the handles
  3. Bend the outer tines of a fork forward, and then slip in a label with the plant’s name written on it

Use any or all three for a truly unique garden plant marker!

Do you have any unique ways to label your garden? Let us know in the comments section below!


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