Garden Markers From Recycled Seed Packs

When planting season arrives I start almost everything through direct seed.

Flower planting can get scattered and sometimes I forget what I planted so I thought it would be fun to create new garden markers using recycled seed packages.

This is a pretty simple project and the best part, it’s made from left over product and recycled seed packs.

Garden markers are a good to have handy during planting season, they help remembering so much easier.

Project Supplies

  • Cedar Fence board pieces or scrap wood of any kind will work
  • Recycled Seed Packs with Photos – you could also use clippings from old magazines
  • Wood glue
  • Stain and Polyurethane
  • Sand Paper
  • Raffia
  • Electric Saw or Jig Saw
  • Paint Brush and Scissors

Step One

Start this project with three markers and if you like the outcome then make more.

  1. Carefully cut your seed pack covers and set aside.
  2. Cut the wood in different shapes and towards the end of the project I decided the square shape was best.
  3. If you want the rounded edge use a jigsaw saw, make sure your wood is secure using a clamp so you don’t hurt yourself prior to cutting.
  4. Cut the shapes to match your seed pack cut outs and make sure to include three stakes.

Step Two

Once your shapes are cut sand until they’re smooth and dust off.  Next you’ll want to stain ad wait for them to dry before applying the cut out’s.

Glue the stick to the wood picture using wood glue and let dry; make sure they apply smooth with no bubbles.

This will take about an hour to dry.

Step Three

When the glue is dry cover the top with layers of polyurethane; use about three or four coats.  Make sure each one dries before applying additional layers.

Once the polyurethane is completely dry add a little pop with ribbon or raffia to finish the markers.

I always tend to go for raffia because it holds up pretty good outdoors.

When you’re garden markers are finished, grab a hammer and head to the garden and place markers where you planted and enjoy.

This is an easy project and its fun, it would make a neat mother and daughter activity for any weekend.

Make garden markers using scrap wood and seed packets to remember where you planted things. #diy, #craft, #GardenMarkers


  1. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea! I'm always looking for markers that will last from season to season for the veggie garden! Going to try these! Have a lovely gardening day! Blessings from the hills of Idaho! Cathy

    1. Hello Cathy – So nice to hear from you. I bet it's pretty up there we've got overcast and rain so it kind of feels like where I grew up. LOL Glad you liked this project, it was fun I would use additional coats of the polyurethane, thinking you all get more rain than us? Happy Mother's Day!

  2. Shannon Hawk says:

    I just love these! The perfect project for this time of year:)

    1. Hello Shannon – It's been raining here so it really was a perfect project. Thinking it would make a neat Mother's Day activity too. Hope you enjoy a beautiful weekend.

  3. daisy g says:

    Adorable! I love how you upcycle so many things in the garden. Enjoy your blooms!

    1. Thank you Daisy – I've got all this scrap wood to use up. So who knows what I'll come up with next. I want to begin some sign making this summer. Should be fun!

  4. Micupoftea says:

    Such cute markers Carole! Happy spring, Happy Mother's Day- visiting from Clever Chicks 🙂

    1. Glad you liked them! Hope you had a nice Mother's Day too! -Carole

  5. Very creative. Thanks for sharing this. They are really pretty!

    1. Thank you and you're welcome – sharing is fun! I have more projects you might like on the Building page. It never gets old putting things together. -Carole

  6. Hello, I saw your link at Tuesday Garden Party. These are cute, cute, cute! Blessings, Cecilia

    1. This was a fun project, glad you stopped by. I went and check out your blog real quick love it. I will stop by later when I have more time to spend. Looks like you have some neat articles. I love all things vintage. It brings back a lot of neat memories. Hope you stop back and enjoy! -Carole

  7. Very charming, very country. I will be doing these in my garden and my galvanized tubs. I wouldn't have thought of the verathane!

    1. Hello Peggy – I actually live in the country so I try to do a little of repurpose and rustic type stuff out here. Just seems to fit the lifestyle. Glad you liked them. Hope you have fun with this project. -Carole

  8. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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