Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Craft Sticks

by Francine on April 22, 2014

Gardening time is in full swing now, and plant markers are a great craft to work on this month. They serve two purposes: to distinguish between similar looking seedlings, and to add some color and whimsy to your vegetable and herb garden. Plus this simple craft is great to do with kids!

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Sticks by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes-Final

Supplies for Plant Markers from Popsicle Craft Sticks:

  • Wooden popsicle sticks
  • Acrylic paints including black
  • Sharpie or other permanent markers
  • Paint brushes
  • Foam stamps
  • PVA glue (like Elmers or ModPodge)
  • Wood glue

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Sticks by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes-1

Step 1

The first step is to construct the markers with the popsicle sticks.

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Sticks by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes- Make Markersa. Brush some wood glue at the top part of one stick as shown.

b. Add the other sticks horizontally. I made a variety of styles using one, two or three sticks together.

c. Wait until completely dry.

Step 2

Paint your markers with acrylic paints

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Sticks by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes- Painting and Stamping

Once the paint is dry, use foam stamps and black paint to stamp on the names of your plants.

You can also use markers to write names on as well. First use a pencil to lightly write the name, then go over the pencil with the marker.

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Sticks by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes-Aubergines

To further protect your signs from the elements, lightly brush some diluted PVA glue over the top. Once dry it gives a clear glossy surface, and will seal your work.

I used my two-level signs to make bilingual markers for our garden too.

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Sticks by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes- Bilingual markers

I’m by no means an artist, but I added a few doodles as well!

Here they are, ready to go in the garden.

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Sticks by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes-16

Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Sticks by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes-Final

Now I just need to make a bunch more for all the seedlings we will be planting out this week!

If you don’t want to mess with paint, you can try to find colored popsicle sticks at the craft store, and skip a step.

Happy Gardening!

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