How to Make Hand Painted Vegetable Garden Markers

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Now that it’s April and finally starting to warm up, I’m getting pretty excited about our upcoming growing season. Not only will I yet again be attempting a vegetable garden but I’m trying something new with a raised bed design rather than the in ground garden we tried before. To celebrate, I’ve put my creative hat on and come up with something to give the garden a little personality … handmade vegetable markers! These are fairly inexpensive and lots of fun to make if you like to embrace your artistic abilities. If painting isn’t your thing, then let the kids have fun with them!

To get started, you’ll need a few supplies, all which I picked up at my local hardware and craft stores.

You’ll Need:

  • wood plaques, any shape or size
  • wood shims
  • various colors of Anita’s Yard & Garden Outdoor Paint
  • thin paint brushes
  • staple gun & hammer

vegetable garden marker suppliesThe first thing you’ll want to do is attach the wooden shape to the shim by placing a staple in the top and bottom of the wooden shape, through the shim behind it. Use a hammer to flatten the staples on the back side. Optionally, you can use a can of outdoor spray paint (made for wood) to paint them any base color you’d like or just leave them natural. I went with an antique white to help them stand out among the greenery.

white vegetable garden markers

Now that the markers are constructed, the fun begins as you paint each vegetable or herb on each marker. I wanted a little variety so I used oval plaques for my herbs and rectangular plaques for my vegetables. To help get the text and images just right, I used a pencil to sketch the design before doing any painting. Seed packets with photos are perfect for painting inspiration!

hand painted vegetable garden markers

rosemary herb garden marker

I’d love to hear about your gardening plans for this Spring and Summer! Do you do anything special to mark your crop or just plant and see what pops up?

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  1. These are so adorable! I didn’t know you were so crafty Cat. These will look so cute in your garden!

    • :) I am when I want/need to be. I just don’t have the space to really get into all of the crafty stuff I use to love to do.

  2. Rachel says:

    Love these!

  3. Cat,

    Great job w/the painting. We’re in preparation for planting herbs again this year. My husband just weed whacked our planting area (no weed pulling here) and we are getting particulars (prepping area, deciding what we’re going to grow, we’re making plant markers too) done because we are still having too much rain to really start planting seeds outside. We may start planting a few potted plants. My blueberries survived the winter and I’m looking forward to what they will produce this year.

  4. How cute are those?!?! You did a fantastic job!

  5. Donna B. says:

    You’re so talented! I take the easy way out – I laminate the seed packet, then attach it to a wire stake and use those for markers.

  6. I love this idea Cat! I’m going to get my husband a wood burning kit so he can make little signs for the different veggies.

  7. Those are adorable! I like the hand stamped ones done on old spoons too, have you seen those?

  8. Josh just emailed me this post. I was complaining about not having stuff to do cause it is rainy out. He said “check out Cat’s blog. Now you have something to do.” LOL!! I really do need some markers for my garden! Great tutorial, thanks!

  9. Your markers look awesome :)
    As you know I love gardening and I do it every year for the last 5. We do use markers but they are not as pretty as the once you have! Maybe it’s time to make some new ones :D

  10. Love! They came out so cute!

  11. I just happen to have wooden plaques, paint and a staple gun. I also happen to have tomatoes, sunflower and zucchini sprouting in peat pots. I think I might make some garden markers tomorrow! How cute our little garden will be!

  12. I plan on getting some new flowers and planting them with the kids. I so bad want a garden, but my dog would destroy it… Maybe I could do a little indoor herb garden. Thanks for your tips about making the garden markers, how cute!

  13. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says:

    What a terrific idea! We don’t have a garden but if we did this would be fun to do. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Those are very cute! I love all the different signs what a great idea!

  15. Marysa N. says:

    These are so cute! I usually just grow a few things for the kids, these would be perfect! Good to know about the garden paint.

  16. Donna says:

    love this ideal, I like to craft anyway and I love to garden.. both flowers and veggies.. so im going to borrow your ideal amd make some of these.. These will look really good, and being home made it will be nice to show them off!

  17. mary lou says:

    this is cute — i have a version of this – i use free paint stirrers… i paint them first – let that dry – and then paint on the plants… then i seal w/ clear poly. except for the paint (which i had in my craft stash) it’s completely free.

  18. Thanks for the detailed instructions. These are cute! I’ve used the metal markers that you just write on with a pen that are available at the garden store, but these are much cuter!

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