Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons

Learn how to create easy DIY garden markers for your garden so you can stop wondering what you planted everywhere.  These  plant markers use upcycled spoons which makes them a seriously frugal garden craft. 

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How to Make DIY Garden Markers


Upcycled Spoon Plant Markers are a Frugal Garden Craft

A few months ago I went on a bit of a thrift store shopping spree and found a package of about 30 metal spoons for only $3. Who could resist such a deal, right? I could stop worrying about my kids losing the spoons I put in their lunchbox and have plenty of them left over for a few spoon crafts.

I decided that with spring coming I would make these DIY garden markers spoons to keep track of the things I plant in the garden.  If you want to make these frugal garden markers, head to your thrift store.  Metal spoons or old wooden spoons will both work for this garden craft. 

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Why make plant identification markers?  

I have a horrible memory and I find that those little plastic markers that come in the pots from the nursery always seem to get eaten by the dog or lost in the dirt! Hopefully, these DIY garden markers spoons will last longer and the dog won’t decide to run off with them!

If you are as forgetful a gardener as I am, these garden markers spoons may be just the thing you need in your own garden! Make them for container gardens or full-sized backyard vegetable gardens.  They also make a great homemade gift idea for gardeners.

I find them particularly helpful when planting crops that overwinter. That way I don’t forget what is under the ground when spring arrives.  For ideas on what crops overwinter, check out my post on what to plant in November for a few ideas.

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Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons Supplies

Here are a few things you will need to make your own weatherproof plant markers. 

old spoons hanging

Directions for making metal plant markers

Lay the towel down on the driveway or sidewalk to protect them from paint.  Then, lay your old  metal spoons rounded side up on the towel. 

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Next, you need to flatten the rounded part of the spoon.  Fold part of the towel over the spoon and  pound the spoon with the hammer until flat. You may have to flip it over a few times to get it completely flat.  Be patient!

Next, you need to start painting . Lay the spoons on the newspaper and paint each one the desired color. You will probably need 2 to 3 coats. Let it dry between coats by laying it on a paper cup or poking the spoon into the cup as shown below.

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It’s time to add plant names to your garden labels.  Use the black paint pen or permanent marker to write the name of each plant on your spoon. Use the Qtips or paint pens to make paint polka dots on the spoons. I found that the paint pens made a much cleaner ‘dot’ than Qtips

In order to make weatherproof plant markers, you need to protect the paint.  Apply a coat of Modpodge as directed on container. Let the DIY garden markers set 24 hours before placing them in the garden.

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Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons

Be a sustainable gardener by using recycled materials like old spoons as plant markers! These upcycled spoon plant markers are painted and then sealed with Mod Podge, making them perfect for your container garden or your backyard vegetable garden. 

Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons

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Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons

How to Make DIY Garden Markers

These Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons are painted and then sealed, making them perfect for your garden. Upcycled spoon plant markers are a frugal garden craft.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty medium
Estimated Cost $5


  • metal spoons
  • indoor/outdoor craft paint
  • black paint marker or broad tipped permanent marker
  • outdoor ModPodge


  • hammer
  • old towel
  • paint brushes
  • newspaper
  • Qtips or multi colored paint pens
  • paper cups to use as spoon holders while paint dries


  1. Lay the towel down on the driveway or sidewalk to protect them from paint.  Then, lay your old  metal spoons rounded side up on the towel. 
  2. Fold the towel over the spoon to protect the meta. Hammer the spoon head flat. You will have to turn the spoon over a few times to get it completely flat.
  3. Once the spoon is flat, lay it on the newspaper and paint with outdoor craft pain. Let dry. You might need more than one coat. I used paper cups to stand the spoon upright to dry more easily.
  4. Once the paint is dry, brush it with a coat of Mod Podge and let dry again.
  5. Use a market or paint pen to make designs and write the name of the plant on the now weatherproof garden marker.
  6. Once it is dry, place it in the garden near the plant you want to label.


11 thoughts on “Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons”

  1. Great post, I had made some using metal stamps to stamp the words on but I find the letters are a bit small, this is a great way to combat that.

    Thanks again, Joy

    • I saw projects like this with metal stamps but was too lazy and cheap to go buy them 🙂 Glad these inspired you!

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