Garden Markers

As promised, here's a tutorial for how I made my garden markers with NO budget. I used things I had around the house. I looked around at a lot of different ideas online but ultimately went my own way.

It started with a borrowed tile saw and a stack of 7x7 tiles I had left over from when I remodeled our bathroom a couple of years ago.

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I cut each tile exactly in half (well, close to exact).

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Next I rinsed and dried each tile to prepare for the next step - rubber stamps!

I picked one of my larger alphabet stamp sets so I could easily read the tiles from the outside of the fence. We had such limited space for our garden that we didn't create any paths to meander through or even a gate to the fence so we've basically gotta just find what we're looking for, hop the fence and grab a veggie. Good thing we've got long legs.

Here's "Basil" laid out for space

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I just used basic black ink and found that worked well as I had a few minutes of wiggle room when I made a mistake with spacing as I did on a few of the ones with longer names. I was able to wipe them clean with a Lysol wipe the thoroughly dry them before starting over.

Here's "Radish" after stamping:

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And a bunch of them laid out on my floor to dry:

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The final step was to spray each one with a coat of a glossy Polyurethane top coat to seal the stamp ink in. I also liked that it gave each tile a polished look. Here's "Basil" modeling in the garden:

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What do you use for garden markers?

Thank you for reading,
Julie
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4 comments:

  1. Felicia @ All Things FeeJune 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Oh my gosh! I love them!  

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  2. Thank you! They're holding up in both sun and rain so I'm happy with them too. My little guy likes to ask what they say so I guess as an added bonus - they're also a great learning tool for him.

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  3. These are adorable. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

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  4. Very creative use of tiles and creative skills to create very appealing marker for your garden. I can imagine all sorts of additional uses for this technique in the landscaping industry! For example, Name plaques, welcome signage or even inserts for welcome mats. I was wondering a couple of things:

    First, how well does the ink stay on the tiles? The reason I ask is because outdoor use in landscaping might add a bit of wear on the ink.

    Second, Did you use a diamond blade on the tile saw you used?

    Again, very nice results. Great work.

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