Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons

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.  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!

Garden Markers Spoons Craft 4Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons

Supplies:

metal spoons
hammer
old towel
indoor/outdoor craft paint
paint brushes
newspaper
Qtips or multi colored paint pens
paper cups to use as spoon holders while paint dries
black paint marker or broad tipped permanent marker
outdoor ModPodge

 

Directions:

Lay the towel down on the driveway or sidewalk

Lay your metal spoon rounded side up on the towel

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Fold part of the towel over the spoon

Pound the spoon with the hammer until flat.  You may have to flip it over a few times to get it completely flat

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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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

Apply a coat of Modpodge as directed on container

Let set 24 hours before placing in garden.

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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. How cute are these!? Pinning so that I can make some of these later this year.
  2. These are so cute! I will have to pin them for later.
  3. 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!
  4. Love this! It seems like the plastic labels that come with my plants always break. Do you bring them inside in the winter?
  5. These are so cute! I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

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