Charming Wooden Spoon Plant Markers
You Will Need:You will need:
Wooden spoons, one for each plant variety
Acrylic paint in 1 or 2 colors of your choice
Colored photos of plants from seed packets, catalogs or magazines
Small bottle of white glue or decoupage medium
Permanent marker with medium point, black or other dark color
Clear acrylic spray
2 1-inch paint brushes or foam brushes
- Paint wooden spoons in color of your choice. Paint one side, allow to dry, flip over and paint the other side. If desired, when the paint is dry, the bowl of the spoon can be painted a complementary or contrasting color. Be creative; add dots or stripes to the back of each spoon or paint hash-marks along the edges. Allow paint to dry completely.You might also consider using different paint colors to designate different types of plants, providing instant visual organization of your garden; for instance, yellow for herbs, blue for perennials, pink for annuals..
- Using scissors, cut out pictures of each flower or plant you want to mark. Trim pictures to fit inside the bowl of the spoon. Seed packets, glossy nursery catalogs and gardening magazines are good photo sources.
- With white glue, glue one picture into the bowl of each wooden spoon. Orient pictures so they will be right side up when the spoon handle is stuck into the ground. Let the glue dry completely.
- Using the paint brush or paint sponge, layer several coats of white glue or decoupage medium over the photo, taking care to completely cover the edges of each photo. Allow to dry thoroughly between coats.
- With a black or dark-colored permanent marker, write the name of the plant vertically down the spoon handle, beginning just inside the bowl. Practice on a sheet of paper to get the letter size and spacing correct before you try it on the spoon handle.
- Spray lightly over lettering with clear acrylic spray. Allow to dry and repeat, building up 3 to 4 light coats of acrylic to protect lettering from outdoor elements. Allow to dry completely.
- In the garden, poke spoon handles into the ground next to the garden plants they identify.