#AtoZChallenge | Name tags for my herbs

I bought a set of unfinished wooden plant markers many years ago. I didn’t know when I would use them but I thought the curved design was unique and elegant.

Each spring I bring home flowers and herbs, and replant them into ceramic containers that decorate my deck. I’m always ambitions when I start buying seedlings for the season but quickly remember my green thumb is at best pastel so I’ve learned to stick to my favorites. They add some summer color to the house and flavor to the kitchen. The little plastic tags that identify the plant type and basic care get dutifully transferred from the plastic nursery pots into the ceramic ones. Year after year, they get transferred while the unfinished plant markers with the perfect design sit untouched in one of my craft drawers.

Part of my hesitation has been the finality of putting a permanent  name on the plant markers. What if I mix things up one year and go with something different? I’d have beautiful tags that didn’t match my actual plants.

It doesn’t matter that I have extra tags since I bought them in bulk. It still gave me stress.

The opportunity to start small presented itself recently. I added some inside plants to the windowsill of my large picture window in the kitchen. I planned to keep the herbs we use most often in them. Last summer we started with rosemary, parsley, sage and thyme. They looked great over the summer but eventually died this past winter.

Did I mentioned my thumb is not green?

I am ready to start fresh with a new batch of seedlings this spring. For this second round, I’m not sure yet what we will get for herbs but I know the top contenders:

  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Thyme

It’s a little early in the season to start the actual plants, but I could prep my plant markers.

I realized as I prepped this post that I’m a little heavy on the decoupage medium this week. I promise glue will make less of an appearance in future A to Z posts although I can’t guarantee that it’s gone for good. I do love my Mod Podge.


Instructions

I went with a basic approach given all the other home projects I’ve been working on for this blogging challenge. I wanted something pretty but that wouldn’t take a lot of time.

Step 1)

I painted the plant markers red to coordinate with the wallpaper pattern that I was going to be using.

Step 2)

I used decoupage glue to attach the wallpaper to one of the flat sides of the markers. After letting it dry, I used an x-acto knife to trim it to match the outline of the marker. I then repeated the wallpaper application on the other side.

Trimming with the knife wasn’t perfect. I did nick off some of the painted wood here and there but rather than touch it up I opted for a slightly shabby chic look. I wanted the plant markers to be durable so I added a few layers of mod podge to the outside.

Step 3)

I had an epiphany about my anxiety around the plant markers becoming obsolete, I opted to add the name using Dymo label tape which can easily be removed and replaced if needed in the future. Unfortunately, they didn’t stick well so I had to reinforce them with mod podge so they might require a little extra effort to change out but I think I can manage it.

I would also recommend flattening the label before attaching. I did not do this step which made it harder to adhere them to the markers.

Step 4)

I added a small red tile to the narrow part of each marker for a little extra decoration. I was going to add more embellishments but realized I was already tilting towards too much so I stopped. I think simple was best for this one.

Now I just need our days to get warmer. My local farm of which I am a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, member starts their plant sale May 1st so I still have a few weeks to go but now I’m ready with some personalized name tags when I bring them home. If only keeping them alive were so easy.

I also completed another plant related craft but that’s a post for another day. Specifically, whatever day “U” falls on this year.

What are your favorite herbs? What do you use for plant markers.

I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2021. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Craft Projects for my Home. To read more of my A to Z posts from this year, click HERE.

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25 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge | Name tags for my herbs

  1. Eli Pacheco says:

    I love a good sprig of cilantro, parsley, or mint. I too am junk at keeping plants alive, but I sure do like to sprinkle them in a dried or ripped-up form on my food. I love the retro feel to this post, with that classic Mod Podge jar and a label maker!

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  2. Lisa says:

    Oh, don’t get me started on my favorite herbs! I “collect” herbs! I think I have 10 mints alone! more if we count the balms. 5 or 6 kinds of oregano. Five thymes. Six lavenders. You get the idea! I only have markers for a few. I found some at a thrift store, a few I bought on eBay. They are made from old flatware, hammered flat and then stamped with the herb name and little decorations. Really cute.
    My last year’s A to Z was A to Z of herbs!

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    • Weekends in Maine says:

      The stamped flatware markers sound wonderful. I have a metal stamping set that I’ve only used a few times and I was thinking it would be a good one for this project. I might have to give it a go on my next round of plant markers.

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  3. Crackerberries says:

    I love the idea for the markers, you are so clever. I’ve been using old spoons, wooden and metal. Only issue is the wooden ones don’t seem to stand up well to the elements and even though I’m using a permanent marker on my metal, it doesn’t stay permanent. I love these little markers, they are a great idea. Right now I have sage, rosemary, oregano and mint that comes back every year. I just added parsley and basil and I don’t know where the catnip came from but it’s such a beautiful little bush I can’t bring myself to move it out of the spice garden. The cats will love it I guess. Just more Needful Things .

    Cheers,
    Crackerberries

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  4. Tamara Gerber says:

    I think I have seen seeds that actually came with markers, but those were by far less artsy than yours! Way to be organized and prepared, too!
    I don’t plant, but if I did I would probably be surprised about what makes an appearance in my garden months later 😉

    Also I chronically don’t label food in my freezer, so it happened that instead of what I believed to be a cinnamon apple bread, I thawed a shepherd’s pie. Oohps.

    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/2021/04/a-z-2021-networking-is-enrichment.html

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  5. Charlotte (MotherOwl) says:

    Oh, I just could not name one favourite herb. But lovage, marjoran, dill and thyme always grow in my garden.
    I know these herbs, they are not marked, but I go for boring plastic markers from the supermarket. Or an ingenious system of coloured sticks in different combinations for the sprouting ones, with a written list for cross-reference. I love your markers, they – or something like it – would be good in my greenhouse. Using a Dymo, now that’s an idea!

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