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Garden Craft: Plant Markers Free Pattern Download

Plant Markers Garden Craft

Admittedly I’m more interested in garden crafts than I am with gardening… but I might plant something this year just so I can use these plant markers! I have to say I think this is one of my favorite projects I’ve ever come up with!

I sat today and tried to think of every vegetable that I might possibly plant in my garden, and drew them up for this craft pattern download. I believe I only scratched the surface of what vegetables are actually out there though:

Tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins, broccoli, potatoes, corn, lettuce, peas, onions, orange peppers, green peppers, cucumbers, beets (or radishes, I suppose), watermelon, beans, red peppers, yellow peppers and squash.

Plant Marker Craft Pattern to Download

Download the printable plant marker artwork

So suffice it to say that if you see some fruits or vegetables that I’ve missed, please leave them in a comment and I’ll try to create a plant markers garden craft “version 2.0″.

What you Need to Make these Plant Markers Garden Craft

Plant Markers Materials

Plant Markers Materials

  • Download and print the fruit and vegetable illustrations on a color printer
    (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader)
  • Sticks from your yard, cut to about 6″ – 8″ inches tall
  • Raffia
  • Rubber cement or glass glue
  • Small clear glass aquarium pebbles, the approximately 3/4 inch size. As tempting as it is, avoid the larger glass pebbles that are over an inch in diameter. They seem like they will work, but the way they are made, they always have wrinkles in the glass on the flat part, which makes it very hard to see the pictures beneath the glass

How to Make these Plant Markers Garden Craft

Glue the paper between the glass pebbles

Glue the paper between the glass pebbles

Carefully cut out the circles of the plant markers you plan on using. I used a 3/4″ hole punch at first, but it was a little too big and I had to trim them down.

When I made these recently I used rubber cement, but in the past I have used this awesome glass glue called Eclectic Adhesive E6000 that I think actually worked better. It’s thicker and left less bubbles between the paper and the glass, and is totally weather proof. Glue the paper veggie circles between two glass pebbles and let dry.

Attach the glued pebbles to the top of the sticks

Attach the glued pebbles to the top of the sticks

If you’re using that E6000 glue, you can use it for this next step, too. Otherwise grab a hot glue gun, and attach the two glued together pebbles to the top of the stick. If you’re really picky about what works best, I would use the E6000 for the first step and the glue gun for this step and the next one.

Wrap the Raffia around the base

Wrap the raffia around the base

After the glue is dry/cooled off, wrap a 6″ – 8″ inch piece of raffia over the glued area to cover it up. Wrap it in a few layers so that the top layers hold the starting end in place. Then grab that glue gun again and put a dab of it on the back side of the raffia to secure the finishing end in place. This may sound tricky or hard, but it isn’t. It’s super-easy. Trim the ends of the raffia that are still sticking out.

Waterproof the crevice between the pebbles

Waterproof the crevice between the pebbles

Now you’re almost done, but you still have paper in between two pebbles that could possibly get wet when it rains. So you need to put a thin layer of glue in the crevice between the two pebbles to seal out the water. You can do this with the rubber cement brush (or more easily with a smaller pain brush), or use your fingers to spread the E6000 glue. It’s ok if it turns out just a little sloppy, because it’s really hard to see anyway.

Now comes the hard part – you can’t use them until you plant your garden!


45 comments for “Garden Craft: Plant Markers Free Pattern Download”

  1. What a great idea!

    Posted by Christy | April 10, 2009, 12:13 pm
  2. Very cute. Great idea.. even a few flowers would be fun

    Posted by Brenda | April 10, 2009, 6:08 pm
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  6. Oh my these are so incredibly cute, what a great idea!

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  9. Could you do something for herbs — maybe just a “generic herb” marker? Such a cute idea! Thanks!

    Posted by Annie | May 7, 2009, 8:21 pm
  10. These are so cute! I made them, blogged about them, and linked to you in my post.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Posted by Karen | May 14, 2009, 9:35 pm
  11. This is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Love it…..would love to see herbs and rubarb……Thank you so much I am going to make them with my daughter. This is her first garden

    Posted by sherry | May 17, 2009, 3:26 pm
  12. I receive these for my birthday. What a fun gift.I am missing my favorite – green beans. Would love to see more and to have some flowers included. I have friends that would love them for their flower beds. Any plans for that?

    Posted by Louise | May 22, 2009, 7:34 am
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  14. What a clever idea! Could you also include purple and brown peppers for lilac and chocolate peppers.
    Thank you!

    Posted by Jen | June 8, 2009, 8:52 am
  15. Did you add any veggies from last year? Can I make the graphics any bigger? Darling idea and getting ready to make it for my garden!

    Posted by Brittany | February 25, 2010, 6:48 pm
  16. Love these! I can’t wait to make my own. The only one I don’t see that I’m planning on planting this year is a strawberry.

    Posted by Addie | March 12, 2010, 2:32 pm
  17. How flippin cute are these?! :)

    Posted by Ericka Audette | April 27, 2010, 9:29 pm
  18. I saw these and thought they were perfect! My creativity ran a little wild, though, and my adaption of these has turned out fantastic… I used the larger stones (even at your warning not to) and they worked out great. I made these for a mom’s day gift, and can’t wait to hear how MUCH she loves it. Instead of veggies/herbs as pictures, I cut round pictures of my kids’ faces and on the flip side of the paper printed a scripture and the name of the veggie/flower/herb. Then I got some more creative juices and wrapped the space between the glass with 18 guage wire — made petals and added beads on one, on another made it into a butterfly… all with the wire and some beads I had around the house. Used the wire to attach it to the stick, and they look amazing. THANKS for the idea!

    Posted by Marianne | May 5, 2010, 2:44 pm
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    Posted by Jessica | July 20, 2010, 12:55 pm
  25. I made these using Shrink Plastic for the tops – you can cut to shape, draw the vege and shrink in the oven. saves all the gluing 2 sides together and it is waterproof. only drawback is that words/pix are reversed on other side.

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  40. Can you make a strawberry cut out!

    Posted by Jena | May 15, 2012, 4:24 pm
  41. Hi there, just wondering if you made any more of these for other vegetables and fruits? How about strawberries, kale, cabbage, silverbeet/chard, beetroot….
    They are so cute!

    Posted by Nicola | June 4, 2012, 9:23 pm
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  45. I LOVE these! Such a great idea, and so quick! I can’t wait to try it. I featured this on my blog at

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