Learn how you and your kiddos can make your own set of chalkboard plant markers with craft sticks and paint in no time, so you can find your veggies easier!
We have a small farm in our veggie garden, and I never use plant markers so I can remember what is where, and what vine belongs to which plant. So, I made these adorable DIY chalkboard plant markers with the kids, and they are great!
In these gardens currently, I’ve got cantaloupe, watermelon, green beans, tomatoes (they have a bed all to themselves, b/c I live on tomatoes in the summer… Andrew tells me I should have a farm stand out on the main road), zucchini, cucumbers, squash, green peppers, and in the early fall I do lettuce, peas, carrots, and some other cool-weather things. I’m good for forgetting what went where, and what sprouts are supposed to be there, and what is a rogue seedling, or even leftover mint from last summer. So, if you saw my video in the WalMarts…
…you will remember the whole purpose of that trip was to A) to get a galvanized container for my Easy Gro-ables Container Herb Garden, and B) get supplies for the garden plant markers. Let’s do this!!
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Supplies you’ll need for your own full set of garden plant markers
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*I used Chalk Anything along with black paint because there was no chalkboard paint in the store. You can certainly skip the Chalk Anything and paint color, and just start with whatever color chalkboard paint you like*
Step 1. Paint the plant markers
I did 2 coats of black paint on each side, and the edges. If you’re doing chalkboard paint, follow whatever manufacturer instructions you have for that paint, then skip to step 3.
Step 2. Chalk Anything the plant markers
This is where I got nervous, because there are actual instructions and I’m in uncharted territory! It’s thicker and goes on like white glue, and dries to a light haze. The rules to Chalk Anything are this: Paint. Dry. Second coat. Cure for a full 24 hours. I am so impatient, but this I actually waited for!
Step 3. Prime the plant markers
This is crucial for all chalkboards and chalk painted surfaces – you have got to prime the board surface before you write on it! Otherwise, you’ll end up with whatever you just wrote on there in a haze no matter what. To prime your surface, take a piece of regular chalk on it’s side, and rub it all over, covering the surface of the chalkboard. I only primed the side I was going to write on, but you can certainly do both sides.
Step 4. Label and stick the plant markers in the garden
Take out your chalk marker and write your crop list on the plant markers. I am abysmal at chalk lettering and cursive styles (read: illegible chicken scratch), but I found this great tutorial and tip list over on the Magnolia blog. Ahh, handwriting goals. I made a handful of these and labeled them accordingly, then just stick them in where you’re planting your crops or flowers or herbs.
These plant markers are such a fast, cheap, and easy project that only took 2 days, including the cure time for the Chalk Anything. The kiddos can do it with you, and they can even write some out. Once your harvest changes, you can magic erase the chalk marker away, and add your next seedling.
Share your hearts out, and let me know what your favorite thing to grow is!!