Making Cute Garden Markers. - The Magic Onions

Making Cute Garden Markers.

With Earth Day coming up and Spring in full swing, we decided to turn our attention to our garden. We had a glorious weekend planting herbs, tomatoes and strawberries. I love watching my little gardeners busy at work in the dirt. We had 9 strawberry plants last year but alas, it wasn’t enough for my berry picking children. This year we have planted an additional 8 plants… do you think 17 strawberry plants will do the trick? We’ll just have to wait and see…
With our new plants planted, we needed plant markers. I browsed upon some sweet spoon markers on Etsy the other day and thought T and K would have fun making a set of their own for our plants…
To make them, we needed;
* a few large spoons (we found these odd spoons at a thrift store for 25c each)
* a few magazines
* glue
* scissors
* polyurethane
The children looked for pictures of tomatoes, herbs and strawberries in the magazines.

When we found one, we cut it out. I wrote the name of the plant in permanent marker on the cut out picture.

K painted glue onto the back side of the cut out pictures…
And stuck them neatly onto the spoons.
When the glue had dried, she painted each one with two coats of polyurethane to seal them. As they will be put in the garden they need to be waterproof and the polyurethane does the trick.

When they had dried, they were ready for ‘planting’. They look too sweet in our garden…

I have to smile at the picture K chose for the strawberries… it’s of such a delicious looking meringue cake, topped with red strawberries. Each time I have watered the new plants, all I can think of is strawberry meringue cake!! I’ll have to make one with our strawberry bounty!

I have a very exciting Earth Day Giveaway coming up soon too, so keep a look out!
Blessings and magic.
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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Oh, I love this! I’m totally stealing this idea. Thanks for the tip about the polyurethane, as I wouldn’t have thought of that or that a kid could do it. So excited to give it a go. Will have to make sure I pick up some spoons at the thrift store (maybe some forks to hold laminated markers too?…oh the possibilities).

  2. What a cute idea!! My pathetic markers are toy soldiers borrowed from my son. Eeeek!

  3. Ha Ha!
    These are SO cute!

  4. Those are super cute!

  5. What a great idea!!!! I’ll have to keep my eye out for spoons when I’m at the thrift store!

  6. love this, great idea xx

  7. what a pretty idea! My markers get taken and moved about, so they aren’t exactly ‘functional’!

  8. LOVE these garden markers!!!! Definitely gonna try my hand at this. So vintage … lol. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. adorable!

  10. this is SUCH A FUN IDEA! thank you for sharing!

  11. Love it! Great idea.

  12. Just loved your idea!!!

  13. These are amazing Donni!

  14. That is soo Cute ^_^ I think I’ll plant my Garden too

  15. Very clever!!!!

    I think these spoons will hold up much longer than my plastic ones. I think this year I’ll get some big pots and let my girls plant them….and I think these spoons would be lots of fun to complete the project. Hmmm…I might use my seed catalogs and make spoons for my veggie garden.

  16. Love it!
    Amazing idea to know where and what plants you have growing in your garden!!!

  17. What a wonderful idea! I have so many old see catalogs that I could use for this project.

  18. I love the idea of using old spoons. Seems very appropriate. I am determined to make a few of these with the children. Just need to persuade a certain nearly three year old, not to muddle them up.

  19. so adorable – i think (another) trip to the thrift store is in order :)

  20. this is such a great idea…I love it!

  21. This is ace, gotta bookmark it to come back to the project (and then totally steal it!!) Really neat, thanks for sharing!

  22. you beat me to it! i love all those spoon markers on etsy and thought about doing some myself. i’ll just have to do two things: post this on believing nature and still do them! ;)

  23. These look gorgeous – thanks for sharing. My sticks just end up disappearing into the nethers..

  24. fantastic idea. great to make with the kids!
    (are there really strawberry cakes growing? ;) )

    i set a link. i hope you’ll agree.

    thanks for the tutorial.


  25. very original and cute! love this idea :)

  26. This is a great idea, and a great way to get the kiddos involved. I love it, thanks for sharing!

  27. Luv this neat idea…thanks for sharing it with all of us! Hope you have a FUN week:)


    I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

  28. I love it! I have a link party on saturdays that I would love for you to join

  29. I’ve been trying to think of cool garden markers and this is perfect! thanks for sharing!

  30. This really got my creative juices flowing! Thinking of all the possibilities for spoons! Great post!

  31. Too late for this year, but I have plenty of time to start picking up thrifted spoons for next year – so cute! I linked to this on my weekly roundup – thanks for sharing!

  32. They look cool and I see kids enjoying doing that activity.There is need to help them also love farming their own produce what they want to and get them closer to the nature and mother earth.

  33. They are lovely. You know in Australia we call those cakes Pavalova :)

  34. Jonah Lisa says:

    The garden is planted and I’ve been seaching for a marker project to do with the kiddos. And we have a winner! These are adorable. We’ll be taking a trip to the Thrift store tomorrow. Thank you.

  35. LOVE THIS!!! I have to remember this when my kiddos have our garden planting party next spring!!!

  36. Oh! I love this. I am planning out my garden for the spring, and this is a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing.

  37. What a fabulous idea!!! And everyone did their “jobs” so efficiently too:)

    I’m among the “stealers” I’m afraid. I can’t wait to got out to the garage and see what I have on hand!

    Thank you so very much for sharing. You have a delightful blog! Louise.

  38. Terrific idea. I’m going to give it a try this year. Thanks.


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