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!
indoor/outdoor craft paint
Qtips or multi colored paint pens
paper cups to use as spoon holders while paint dries
black paint marker or broad tipped permanent marker
Lay the towel down on the driveway or sidewalk
Lay your metal spoon rounded side up on the towel
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.
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.