Do you guys have a garden? Hi! This is Michelle from Michelle James Designs. I am back today with a great tutorial for garden lovers. These chalkboard garden markers are awesome and of course, re-usable!
DIY Chalkboard Garden Markers
I made these for a friend of mine. She has a garden. My only garden is a little herb garden that I love it but it doesn’t produce veggies. So these garden markers went to her. I hope you like them like she did.
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Supplies Needed To Make Easy Chalkboard Garden Markers
Small Wood Rectangles – Jeff made these from pieces of lath. They are 3″ x 1-1/2″
Tape for masking- I used some of my washi tape
Clothes Pins – Wooden
Glue Gun and glue sticks
Chalkboard Marker– fine tip
Chalk – the regular kind
Getting Started With Your Chalkboard Garden Markers
Cut the lath into pieces that are 3 inches long and lightly sand them. I needed six of them for Peggy’s garden.
Stain the front and the back of the pieces using the DecoArt Americana Color Stain. I love this brick color. Peggy has a similar color as trim work on her house and I thought it would stand out nicely against the green plants in the garden.
I used a foam brush for this.
After the stain has dried, mask off the edges of the wood and paint the DecoArt Americana chalkboard paint in the center. Give them each two coats.
If you have not tried this chalkboard paint you should. It is great and this 4 oz bottle has lasted me through a lot of projects including my wooden calendar, a farmhouse wooden box and this awesome drink station to name a few. And I still have paint left.
When the chalkboard paint has dried over night you will want to season the board before using the chalkboard marker on it.
To season the board use a regular piece of chalk. Lay it on it’s side and rub it on the painted surface. Then wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Add the clothes pins to the back. For this use the glue gun and glue sticks. I wanted the clothes pin sticking up from the top.
She used to have some dill plants but the rabbits ate it so we made a “rabbit food” marker. We thought it was funny!
Clip the clothes pin to the top of the bamboo skewer and mark your plants!
Can you tell this was eaten by the rabbits? She said it had a lot of fern tops when when she planted it. Those rabbits. They just love the garden. It reminds me of the children’s book, Peter Rabbit with Mr. McGregor’s Garden.
I think they turned out really cute and she loved them too. Garden markers just seem to make a garden complete even if you do know which plant is which. Don’t you agree?
I hope she gets some great tomatoes this year.
If you like it…don’t forget to pin it!
Thanks for stopping by,
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I am not much of a gardener but I love to add color to my outdoor space with flowers and decor. Here are a few posts you may like as well. You can also find a great round up of 12 outdoor lighting ideas I wrote for The Weathered Fox.