Thursday, July 19, 2012

Silverware Plant Markers

On our last crafting day, Megan made a fresh batch of silverware plant markers. Not only are they a great way to keep track of what you're growing, they add a little fun and whimsy to your garden!



I always have a pot of ivy growing on my kitchen windowsill.


A pot of berries on the patio.


Succulents in a vintage colander for a little secret garden.



And nothing beats fresh herbs, like rosemary ...


... and parsley.




Here's what you'll need to make your own ...

*old sliverware in assorted shapes and sizes
*a washable magic marker
*a letter punch set (purchased online here)
*a heavy hammer
*a little black craft paint
*a nice hard sold surface



The hardest step is flattening your silverware - use a heavy hammer and a hard solid surface. Use the marker to place dots where you want your letter - this helps with spacing. One nice firm hit of the hammer creates your letter. Then Megan likes to rub a little black craft paint into the crevices to highlight the letters. That's it - fun and easy!



And aren't they so much cuter than those little plastic markers that come with your plants?
And what a cute gift idea, with or without a plant!



What's growing in your garden?




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19 comments:

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Those are lovely, Sharon! I especially like the secret garden one. Thanks for a great tutorial. Megan

GirlRural.com said...

These are very fun to make. Boy does your arm get tired after a while though. I use a heavy mallet. Ha ha. Love your ivy and wish it would grow here!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so cute! i am a fan of putting them in little flower pots where they get noticed well!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

love your stamped spoons! i made some of these awhile back. the hardest thing for me was flattening the spoons! it's great fun to stamp the and love the finished product!


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miss flibbertigibbet said...

So sweet! I just found out my husband has a whole set of metal stamps buried in the garage....he said "well, you never asked me before"...I may kill him (after he gives me the stamps)....

Heather @ The JUNKtion said...

Love these and I love the tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. I've been wanting to figure out how to do these for a while...you just made it a lot easier!

Danielle said...

I love these! I want to make some. Thank you for sharing this lovely tutorial.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- Thank you so much- I wondered how they got the printing on them...I am going to order some of the letters and give these a try. LOVE them- xo Diana

Honey at 2805 said...

These are adorable and yes so much better than the plastic ones! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

Kathy Moody said...

Love the spoons!! Now you have me adding another project to my list. :)

Dawne at D Magazine said...

I just might need some of these. So adorable!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

The spoon markers look great! I've been wanting to get a set of the stamps, saw them at Michael's but they seem really expensive. Yeah, I'm a cheap skate. Mind sharing where you ordered them?

Hetty said...

That is a great idea! I have a lot of "extra" teaspoons and did not know what to do with it. Thanks!

Tuula said...

I love this idea! We collect hostas and we have dozens of those plastic markers in our gardens. These would look amazingly better!

Bliss said...

I think I could do this, so I pinned it.

~Bliss~

Darla said...

I'm having a hard time hitting the hammer hard enough to imprint the spoon...might try cheaper flatware.

Laurel Stephens said...

These are so cute! Thanks for the link; I didn't know these sets are so affordable.

Revi said...

LOVE THESE! Now I want some. :)
-Revi

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love them! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope to see you again this week!