Each spring, my family grows a garden. This year, my son, Kai, is taking the lead. Everyday, before and after school, he checks on this plants to see if they need watering and what, if any, veggies have started to grow. To help organize his garden and to remind him where he planted his seeds, I made him some garden markers out of labels.
How can you make a garden marker from a label that won’t get messed up in the rain? Well, instead of the regular inkjet labels, I ordered laser printed weatherproof labels from OnlineLabels.com. The ink from inkjet labels will run when water hits it. The weatherproof laser printed labels, however, work beautifully. Plus, I sealed it with waterproof Mod Podge just in case.
- Mason jar lids (Ball regular mouth size)
- Foam brush
- Outdoor waterproof Mod Podge
- Wooden craft stirrer sticks
- Embroidery thread
- Piece of scrap wood
- 2” OL5375 weatherproof labels
Step 1: Stick your labels onto mason jar lids.
Step 2: Place a piece of wood under your lid, then hammer in a nail to create a hole. My grandfather’s old hammer definitely came in handy!
Step 3: With your foam brush, spread outdoor Mod Podge over your labels. (This is the first time I worked with outdoor Mod Podge. It’s a lot thicker than the regular kind. Also, once dry, it’s tacky to the touch.) Let dry.
Step 4: Wrap embroidery thread around the end of craft wooden stirrer sticks. Then, tie a knot. Leave at least 2” of thread hanging from the end of the knot.
Step 5: Use a needle to thread your embroidery thread through the hole on the lid.
Step 6: Tie the two pieces of thread hanging from the stick together. Cut the ends with scissors.
Step 7: Stick into the soil beside your plant!