It’s the end of the month which means Int’l Bloggers Club time. If you’re new here and haven’t heard of the IBC, we are a group of friends who are also bloggers that do a themed blog post once a month. I’ve actually sat the past few months out on the IBC, but I’m back in joining my friends for this fun tradition. This month we are doing a Garden Theme, and I’ve chosen to post about DIY Garden Markers using Stencils and a Cricut Explore plus Free Cut Files. I hope you enjoy the garden posts and that they are helpful to you.
Last year I made some wood slice garden markers which you can see here. I made several for our garden and they somehow have disappeared. Neither my husband nor I remember where we put them after last year’s gardening season was over, so I’m making all brand new ones this year. I’m also making a set of garden markers for my sister as a birthday gift. She’s a huge gardener and will make great use of them.
I started out with the idea of just making wood slice garden markers like last year, but after buying some wooden stakes at Lowe’s to attach the wood slices to, I thought the stakes alone would make wonderful garden markers. With that said I’m writing how to make both wood slice garden markers as well as plain garden stake markers.
My Materials List:
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Latex Paint-black & white
Stencil Cut Files-I designed some stencils and have made the cut files available for personal use only, at the bottom of this post.
The garden stake markers were really easy to make. I actually bought a bundle of 12- 12 inch garden stakes at Lowe’s for around $3. I gave them a light sanding to get rid of the burs and splinters.
I cut the garden marker labels without the leaves for the garden stake markers, using my Cricut Explore One and a stencil blank. I then used a stencil brush and some black latex paint to stencil the vegetable and herb labels on the stakes.
I wanted to give them a somewhat protective coat from the elements and I really wanted it to be food safe so I chose to use Howard Butcher Block Conditioner.
I added some leaves to a few of the stakes.
The wood slice garden markers had just a few more steps to it, but still rather easy to make. My husband cut some wood slices from a few logs from our wood burning pile to use as markers. I then gave the wood slices and some more of the wooden stakes a light sanding.
I made some stencils using my Cricut Explore One and a Show-OFFS stencil blank. I used the garden marker labels with leaves for the wood slices, the free cut files of which are at the bottom of this post.
They were stenciled using white latex paint and a stencil brush, and sealed with the same Butcher Block Conditioner. I learned from last year to leave a part of the stake above the wood slice top to make it easier to drive into the ground. The wood slices were attached with 2 screws and a drill gun.
What do you think of these garden markers? Do you keep a garden and make your own garden markers?
Pin for Later: DIY Garden Markers using Stencils and a Cricut Explore plus Free Cut Files
Don’t forget to check out the other garden projects.