In this post I’m writing about DIY Garden Markers using Stencils and a Cricut Explore. 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, and sharing the how-to on DIY Garden Markers using Stencils and a Cricut Explore.
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 in this post for DIY Garden Markers using Stencils and a Cricut Explore.
My Materials List for DIY Garden Markers using Stencils and a Cricut Explore:
Latex Paint-black & white
Stencil Cut Files-I designed some stencils and have made the cut files available for personal use only, in my Resource Library that is a bonus to all email subscribers to my blog.
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?
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A little about the stencil and printable designs on Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015. I had given a white table a makeover, and painted it orange to be an accent table in the living room. Even with the bright color, the table was missing something. I applied a stencil that I had bought at one of my favorite craft stores to the table to give it that something extra and sure enough it really made the table stand out.
After seeing the transformation the table took by adding the stenciled flowers, I was hooked on stenciling. I loved how adding just a bit of detail made the piece stand out and took it to a whole new level. Adding this detail and seeing the results was all I needed to be convinced that stenciling was the way to go, and thus began my love for all things stencil.
I love how a stencil design can add detail and beauty to furniture,wall art, clothes, mugs and other accessories, walls, floors and so many other things. It’s fantastic how easy it is to make something beautiful become exquisite and eye catching just by adding a stencil overlay.
After stenciling for a while, I started designing my own stencils in 2016 to cut on my awesome Cricut Explore. It took some time and learning but it was so rewarding being able to cut my own custom designs right in my home.
I went on to write some tutorials on cutting stencils using the Cricut machine:
–How to Make Extra Large Stencil Oversize Stencils in Cricut Design Space Using the Meeting and Overlapping Methods
I also wrote a few tutorials on designing your own stencils and the tools needed to create and make stencils using the Cricut:
Creating Stencil and Printable Designs:
After getting comfortable with cutting stencils on the Cricut and learning how to create my own stencil designs, I began offering stencil cut files for free on my blog and in my Etsy shop. I have since closed up my Etsy shop and opened a new shop, that offers a variety of cut files that can be made into stencils.
In my shop, I offer wall stencil cut files, and border stencil cut files, both of which are great for wall and furniture embellishments. I also have a lot of monogram/alphabet stencil cut files for personalization projects. Plus lots more stencil cut file designs to check out in my shop, and plenty more to come.
I design all the stencil cut files and printables that I offer on my blog, and in my shop, using my own hand drawn elements, or fonts that can be found on my resource page, or a combination of both.
I have found a passion for design and strive to create unique and fun designs that can be used in a variety of settings, such as home decor, furniture, wall art, fashion design, accessory items, and so much more. My eye has always been drawn to the details, patterns, and embellishments in such things as home decor and clothing, so it’s a real joy for me to become part of the design process of such things.
Stencils are a great and easy way to add that something special to a piece whether it’s repurposed furniture or wall art or a brand new canvas or wall.
I share on my blog how I’ve transformed several repurposed pieces using stencils:
You can check out the stenciled projects here. I usually add stencils to furniture and wall art pieces. Some of my favorite stencil projects include refinishing a curbside table, upcycling a piece of canvas wall art, and making an extra large stenciled wall art piece, just to name a few of my favorite stencil projects.
I also have some repurposing projects that I hope are fun and inspiring. I love taking old “junk” and turning it into something completely different:
You can check out the repurposing projects here. I have several projects using ceiling fan parts, spindles, old frames, plaques, and furniture. Some of my favorite repurposing projects are the ceiling fan blades to airplane repurpose, the angels made from hinges and spindle parts, and transforming a kitchen table using stencils, and these are just a few of my favorite repurposing projects.
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