Things have come to what feels like a screaming halt at the farm and my gardening efforts have been more about maintaining and keeping things clean between property viewings. Just yesterday I found myself pulling weeds in the fall beds and wondering if I should be thinking about planting.
Fall gardening is my favorite growing season, so instead of going through the seed box I decided to make new garden markers. I wanted to create something that incorporated copper and was easy to make.
At first the ideas were slim until one afternoon during workshop clean up I came across chalk paint and canning lids. It seemed like a direction was established so I decided to make garden markers instead of wondering if I should plan a fall garden.
This was an easy project and halfway through the process I realized using chalk stickers would have been a lot faster than paint. So, if you’re wanting to duplicate and have to purchase new supplies let me recommend the stickers. In the past, I’ve used them here.
In the meantime, the only tools you’ll need is a drill + bit and wire cutters. The rest of our supplies can be found at any craft or home improvement store and canning lids are going to be at your local farm store or Walmart.
- Canning Lids
- Chalk Paint and Brush (Chalk label stickers)
- Copper wire
- Chalk or White Paint Marker
Drill and Paint the Lids
The first thing is to drill the canning lids; this is for the copper hanger. After this step is completed paint the top of each piece with chalkboard paint following the directions on the container. I used three coats and found myself transplanting plants while each application was drying.
I seem to do a lot of multi task activity lately and I’m not sure that’s a good thing because I get easily distracted. Do you multi task during projects?
Label and add the Copper wire
Once the lids are dry I labeled each one using a white paint pen, I couldn’t find my chalk so it seemed like a good second choice. It dries really fast which allowed me enough time to get the wire cut for each marker.
I cut each stem around 9 inches but you can make them short or long as preferred. Just allow enough leftover to make circular twists to hold the labels in place.
Attaching the Labels
The final step was to attach the painted lids to the copper from the top by sliding them in place. They hang rather loose without falling off and those twists link everything together.
This was a really easy project and honestly the longest part was waiting for that paint to dry. So, if want to speed up this process just go for the stickers and make sure you purchase a brand that compliments outdoor weather conditions.
After completing, I gather them and walked towards the garden where I passed the painted green Terra cotta pots. These pots happen to be one of my favorite projects and reminded me of a chapter in my book Startle Garden, where I talk about adding garden flair. I stopped and decided to take my photos here.
Planting areas are a reflection of our personality and they come in all shapes and sizes. When you incorporate a little flair, those details add interest and many times, this step is over looked or sometimes can also go too far. I like to keep things simple by using little bits of white enamelware or by making stenciled signs but lately I’ve been thinking about copper elements.
These garden markers kind of kicked off that copper inspiration in a small way and eventually they did make it to the garden after I took pictures. That little moment prior got me thinking you could take this same project and turn these markers into positive messages.
So, “How would you do this?” It’s very simple just display positive words like, Live, Love, Peace, Joy, and Happy instead of writing plant names then place them in pots here and there. The possibilities are endless…
I guess what we discovered today is this project could be made for new garden markers to label plants or positive garden notes; most important have fun with it!!